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10 September 2002, 10:13 am
Around Britain Record Attempts - Update!
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The Maiden II crew this morning

World Speed Sailing Record Council
Around Britain and Ireland

Both Giant Multihulls Attempting the Around Britain and Ireland record broke Steve Fossetts 1994 time, But it is Maiden II who now holds the Record
This finishing time, subject to formal ratification, sets a new speed sailing record for the Around Britain and Ireland course of 4 days, 17 hours, 4 minutes and 23 seconds, giving an average speed over the 1,787 course of 15.8kts. The previous record, held by Steve Fossett in "Lakota" and set in 1994 was 5 days, 21 hours, 5 minutes and 21 seconds.

Skipper Brian Thompson was clearly very happy this morning:

"We are very, very pleased to have done the course, and feel we did a good job. The boat was really good and we only broke a few battens on the trip. The crew have been fantastic and it was great training for everyone. However, we can't get too elated yet as we are waiting to find how the other boat that was attempting this record has done as we'd like to be holders of the record as well. Right now we just know that we have beaten Lakota's record and everyone is safe and sound."


The Maxi Triamaran "Geronimo", who also looked on course to finish today, still well inside Steve Fossetts record. As Olivier de Kersauson and his crew headed for the Scilly Isles, he said yesterday, "We're pretty happy with what's happening and we'll arrive off the Lizard tomorrow" and commented, of the storm systems they've had to sail through, "at times, it put a lot of strain on the boat, with strong winds gusting up to 37 or even 40 knots. We had a few fairly hot moments."

Geronimo's finish time at the Lizard was 10:12.54 GMT, giving an elapsed time of 4 days 22 hours 5 minutes and 52 seconds which, although quicker than the exicting Steve Fossett record time of 5d 21h 5m 27s is a greater time than that claimed this morning by Maiden 2. (4d, 17h 04m 23s)
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