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19 February 2003, 12:03 pm
Playstation Finally Gets West
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Simon Fisher Aboard Playstation© Kirsten Sculley

WSSRC - Columbus Route Record
940 nm west of Banc D'Arguin, Mauritania

Finally traveling (mostly) west along the 21st, 20th and 19th parallels throughout yesterday, Steve Fossett and his crew of 12 aboard the 125' catamaran PlayStation made more good progress across the Atlantic.
With winds at 15-25 kts primarily from the NE they continued towards the Americas - averaging 17.25 kts for Tuesday, their 4th day at sea. Their target is the E-W TransAtlantic sailing record (Cadiz-Canaries-Bahamas) of 10 days, 14 hours 53 mins 44 secs - the Christopher Columbus Route.

In order to avoid the light winds attached to a high pressure system, their course has taken them over 650 miles south of that taken by Bruno Peyron and Grant Dalton when the Frenchman and the New Zealander co-skippered the 110' Club Med in June of 2000, setting the existing record. (For a graphic comparison of these routes please see 'Position: PlayStation' map under 'Tracking' on the home page or click on the Columbus Route map.)

With Tuesday morning being interrupted by variable winds, with several sail changes plus replacement of some mainsail battens in the afternoon, PlayStation's progress yesterday was good, making 414 miles in the 24 hours midnight Monday - midnight Tuesday.

To break Club Med's existing record, Steve and crew will need to reach Columbus' landfall - the island of San Salvador - by Tuesday at 14.44.24 GMT - an average of 14.66 kts for their remaining 2330 miles to destination.

Fossett Challenge/ISAF News Editor
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