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23 January 2003, 11:24 am
Geronimo Heads South-East
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round the World

Having been constrained in the narrow corridor left by the anticyclone now sitting over the south Atlantic, Geronimo is leaving the coast of South America behind.
Now south of the thirtieth parallel, the Schneider and Cap Gemini crew have started on a long sweeping curve to the south-east around the southern edge of the anticyclone, crossing the south Atlantic diagonally towards the Antarctic.

To get around this high pressure area with its slack winds, Geronimo has had to take a huge curving detour that brought her within a few cables of South America. Despite having been 45° off from the most direct route, Geronimo has not fallen behind the pace set by Orange. In fact, on Day 11 of her record attempt, the giant trimaran is as far ahead as her virtual "rival" was on Day 13.

Prudent as ever, Olivier de Kersauson reminds us that "It means nothing on a Jules Verne Trophy attempt. We may have progressed faster than Orange up to now, but we cannot afford to be complacent. But it's true that we're going well and everything on board is as it should be. The crew is motivated and focused. Despite the constant quest for speed, the atmosphere is good. Everyone is doing their jobs with no problem and there's no time being wasted. We have plenty to keep us busy. We do have a small problem with a leaking seal around a forward hatch: it's not serious, but it's taking two crewmembers to sort it out. We've also been able to assess the damage done by the creature. There are two quite large marks, but the carbon fibre seems intact".

Organised, methodical and rigorous, Geronimo's crew is not letting up. "Being at the helm demands sustained concentration. All the minutes spent not concentrating can add up to a lot of lost sea miles on a round-the-world trip". Watch after watch, the crew takes it in turns to man the helm or manoeuvre the boat, "On Geronimo, everyone has to know how to do everything".

Geronimo's position at 15:00 GMT yesterday - 22 January
32°13S, 26°34W
Distance travelled in 12 hours : 255 nautical miles
Average speed over the last 12 hours: 21.24 knots
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