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22 November 2003, 07:47 am
Two Days in One
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Discovery Route
Cadiz (ESP) - Salvador (BAH)

Geronimo picked up the wind at the end of yesterday evening and covered over 260 nautical miles in the 14 hours from 8 p.m. yesterday to 10 a.m. today at an average of 18.57 knots.
Unfortunately, the day began as catastrophically as forecast, with so little wind that the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran could manage an average of only 9 knots to cover 90 miles in 10 hours.

Geronimo therefore had a pretty average day in which she covered 349.48 miles, thus maintaining the gap to her virtual opponent, Playstation. 176 miles now separate the boats at the finish line, compared with 175 yesterday.

Even if conditions improve today, there is little optimism on board. At midday today, Olivier de KERSAUSON said: "The wind has been with us since yesterday evening, which means we've been able to really drive the boat and gain a glimpse of her true potential. Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to last… There's an anticyclone across our course and the trade winds are too far south… We'll see what tomorrow brings". But as yet there's no sign of wind conditions improving in the second half of the course.

About Francis JOYON (IDEC) setting sails: "I hope he gets the right conditions for this magnificent passage. The boat knows the route and I'll be following her progress very closely". IDEC is the former "Sport Elec", with which Olivier de KERSAUSON and his 6-man crew won the Jules Verne Trophy in 1997.
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