Across the Equator

Olivier de Kersauson's maxi-tri finally slithers into the Southern hemisphere

Wednesday February 27th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Geronimo, Olivier de Kersauson's Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Schneider Electric-sponsored trimaran finally made it across the Equator at 0900 GMT this morning.

It has taken Geronimo a little over 9 days and 7 hours to reach this first landmark on her voyage non-stop around the world on the Jules Verne Trophy. Their time to the Equator was almost two days (43 hours) faster when de Kersauson set the record for this passage in 1997, but slower than the record set by Peter Blake and Robin Knox-Johnston on ENZA New Zealand in 1994.

Geronimo's progress has been dogged since Monday by a virtual absence of wind, but is still ahead of his 1997 record.

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