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21 November 2003, 04:56 pm
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Discovery Route Record
Cadiz (ESP) - Salvador (BAH)

24 hours of "calm" has been forecast, but 24 hours can seem a very long time onboard a boat designed to devour sea miles.
It may be in short supply, but the Cap Gemini/Schneider Electric team will have to exercise all their patience until this unlucky patch of weather ends in a few hours' time. Despite the lack of a breeze, Geronimo is still fast, creating her own wind.

It's now clear that the direct route to the Bahamas was the correct tactical choice, because the more southerly alternative route is also devoid of wind. After this day of "transition", Olivier de Kersauson and his crew should find the weather better suited to their task as Geronimo gets back into her stride.

The team's weather forecasting models may predict this scenario for the middle part of the day, but the actual time that this northerly airflow arrives will affect whether or not the trimaran can claw back the time lost to Playstation over the remaining three days of the record attempt. A few hours either way could therefore determine whether a new record is set or not. It all rests on how accurate the weather forecast is… and we all know how tricky a science that can be!
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