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Fossett's maxi-cat has a good first 37 hours in their latest trans-Atlantic attempt

Saturday August 26th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
At 0805 on the morning of the 25th August, the maxi-cat PlayStation was storming her way across the Atlantic, with Serge Madec's ten-year old record for the west-to-east passage in their sights. They were 37 hours into the attempt and had done about 853 nm at an average speed of 23 knots.
The skipper, Steve Fossett commented, "Off to a great start. Last night we wove our way between the shallow spots of Nantucket Shoals and George's Bank. Early this evening we should cross close inside Sable Island off Nova Scotia. Conditions are excellent with 25 to 30 knots of breeze from the south-west. What a change from our other 3 trans-Atlantic attempts where we were struggling with broken battens, electrical system failures and out of control wind conditions. Now we are settled in and just trying to maintain our concentration to sail PlayStation at its potential."

They are about three hours ahead of where Madec's Jet Services 5 was on her record run. Hooked into a low pressure system, they need to hold their position on it, meteorologist Bob Rice reported, "We don't expect too much change in conditions over the next 24-36 hours, which should support similar boat performances, our current plan is designed to protect against losing our position in the wind envelope we're in."

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