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29 December 2003, 08:22 pm
Around The World Attempt On Code Red
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Jules Verne Trophy

In Plymouth, Devon, Great Britain, Steve FOSSETT is gathering his crew for the 125' maxi-catamaran 'Cheyenne' in preparation for their upcoming attempt on the 2-year old round the world sailing record.
Fossett has advised that next week's sailing will be additional final testing - and that a record weather pattern was at least 2 weeks away, from 11 January onwards.
Fossett's message to the crew was:

"I hope you will share with me the importance of our endeavor to break the record for Sailing Round the World on the Jules Verne course. A Round the World voyage represents one of the ultimate achievements in exploration and adventure. Our aim is to do it faster than it has ever been done before. Success is neither assured nor likely, but this goal is worthy of every effort that we make.

Our first record was Round Ireland in September 1993, with Dave Scully and Brian Thompson sailing with me on Lakota. Success on the RTW would be the capstone of this sailing program which, in the last 10 years, has set 21 official world records (14 standing) and 9 distance race records (8 standing).

Please arrive in Plymouth by 2 January for test sailing with full crew beginning on 3 January.

Our RTW start criterion is a good wind forecast for the first week. We are now Code Red through 11 January for the RTW start due to a poor North Atlantic weather pattern. Our time in Plymouth then will be well spent in sailing together and making final boat preparations. Let's do everything we can to make this voyage a success."
Steve Fossett
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