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17 November 2005, 10:01 am
Geronimo Under 700 Miles From Transpac Record Finish In Honolulu
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WSSRC Record Attempt

News recently received from onboard Geronimo is that the boat has tacked and now heading in a southerly direction towards the finish off her Transpac record attempt at Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii. The breeze is from the 40 to 45 degrees direction which has slowed the boat down a little as they had hoped it would be in the 80 to 90 degrees direction to maintain the 20+ knots boat speed. Even with this over the last five hours the boat has averaged 19.73 knots.

'Nice moon tonight on an angry sea, some gusts not too severe, here the cold air coming from the north gets through the warm molecules of the tropics,' commented skippered Olivier DE KERSAUSON (FRA). 'The angle of the wind shifts is about 35 degrees. This gives an impression of unpredictable, impossible to say what the wind will be within one hour. In the heavens, the clouds run towards the west, masking the moon at times. Then the enlightened night comes back to the unbelievable, nearly brutal after the eclipse. The men on watch share their enthusiasm with loud voices, the fluid race of Geronimo in a silver world.

'Cam LEWIS is a magnificent virtuoso at the helm, relaunching the boat speed relentlessly. Elegance and accuracy of his gestures, anticipation of the waves and extraordinary glide in this world of moving bumps. I sit down the cockpit with Didier RAGOT, we forget the strategy and the stress, overwhelmed by the happiness of sailing and we just keep on joking under the moon, souvenirs and laughs, everything is getting confused. Tonight the sea is ours,' he concluded.

With an estimated 696.22 miles to the finish line Geronimo's ground team estimate her arrival into Honolulu at approximately 0400 hours local time (1400 UTC) Friday 18 November. Bruno PEYRON's (FRA) current record stands at 5 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds at an average speed of 16 knots.

Sam Crichton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Geronimo is closing in on Hawaii:© Super Yachting
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