At 00h00 saturday, the French trimaran Geronimo was precisely 254 miles north of the Shetlands and entering the calm centre of the extensive low pressure area now covering the north of the British Isles.
The crew has no choice but to pass through this stretch of calm weather to pick up the strong winds on the north-western side of the depression.
Geronimo is on course to set an impressive new record and the crew are delighted with the way she is performing. The hours of inevitable calm now ahead will provide an excellent opportunity to confirm the boat's outstanding slack wind abilities. Once the Shetlands lie to port at nearly 61° North, the trimaran should find herself in excellent conditions for tackling the North Atlantic leg of the course down the west coast of Ireland before entering the western approaches and making for the finish line off the Lizard.
Crew morale is therefore excellent, despite the fact that this course demands maximum concentration to avoid the busy shipping lanes and offshore structures of the North Sea, as well as requiring a lot of physical effort for all the sail and trim changes, which are required much more frequently here than on an ocean crossing.