Once the Capgemini and Schneider Electric trimaran reaches Sydney, she will have travelled the equivalent distance between Sydney and Los Angeles in the circumnavigation of Australia.
'We are very nervous about the low system which is going to appear offshore Sydney this weekend. In this low, there could be winds up to fifty knots, so we really need to be in Sydney before. Otherwise, everything is okay onboard, we will be very happy to arrive and to finish. The only thing is that this finish is very tricky! As usual, we have been alongside Tasmania by night. Each time we sail along beautiful coastlines, it is during the night,' remarked skipper Olivier DE KERSAUSON (FRA) this morning, as he travelled the route he did in reverse in the 1967 Sydney Hobart race.
It is expected that Geronimo will arrive in Sydney Harbour tomorrow, after covering her 6,500 mile journey in less than 18 days. The current Round Australia record, as ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), was set in July 2003 by Kaz and skipper David PESCUD (AUS) in a time of 37 days, 1 hour, 23 minutes and 57 seconds at an average speed of 7.31 knots. The crew onboard Geronimo are looking forward to a triumphant return.
'There is a low pressure area expected to develop tonight and tomorrow morning south of Sydney. The winds are expected to increase by Saturday afternoon from the north east clocking to nor' west from Gabo Island to Sydney. A gale warning has been issued for the south coast for tomorrow morning,' commented Richard WHITTAKER meteorologist from The Weather Channel.