After starting off Ramsgate yesterday, Steve Fossett and his crew aboard Playstation are making steady progress in their attempt to wrestle back the round Britain and Ireland Record
American Skipper Steve Fossett and his multinational crew aboard the 125 foot maxi-catamaran began their record attempt yesterday afternoon at 1538.39 GMT (1638.39 BST) from Ramsgate Harbour - at the start line established for them by the Royal Temple Yacht Club.
Timing was by Jane Smith, Chief Starter of the Club who commented:
"It is freezing cold and blustery here - with a 22 knot easterly wind. They crossed the line just as it was starting to rain. Fantastic,a wonderful sight."
The start line is between the Port of Ramsgate and Gull Buoy, 2.5 miles off shore. If they are successful in breaking the existing record set by Maiden II last month of 4 days 17 hours 4 mins, 23 secs, the team will cross this same line sometime on Thursday, 24 October.
Steve Fossett commented on the attempt yesterday
"We're feeling really good about this one. It is a classic wind pattern where the low pressure system coming up from the southwest and goes straight over England but of course it will be a lot of wind and that will be enough to keep us nervous…The idea is that as the low is approaching we'll head north and then we'll get the windshift as we get up towards the Shetlands Islands and then come back down the other side of the low pressure. If we do all that fast enough, we'll round the corner of Ireland and be heading back in before the wind goes away."
At 0738 hrs (UTC) this morning, Playstations position report put them off the East coast of Scotland between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. After a drop to below 20 knots of boatspeed during the night, both wind and boatspeed have increased and they are now sailing at around 24 knots in 19 knots true wind speed.
PlayStation's entire record complement of 14 is:
Steve Fossett (USA) Skipper / Watch Captain
Chris Tibbs (GBR) Navigator
David Scully (USA) Watch Captain
Gino Morrelli (USA) Watch Captain
Quentin Dimmer (GBR) Crew
Mitch Booth (AUS) Crew
Mikaela (Miki) Von Koskull (FIN)
Howie Hamlin (USA) Crew
Simon Cotter (Eire) Crew
Mark Featherstone (GBR) Crew
Richard James (AUS) Crew
Nick Leggatt (RSA) Crew
David Thomson (GBR) Crew
Fraser Brown (NZ) Crew
Last Four Position Reports
||56 58.250 N
||01 08.510 E
||56 37.030 N
||01 11.760 E
||56 13.110 N
||01 13.950 E
||55 49.850 N
||01 15.870 E