Geronimo and the giant squidGeronimo, Olivier de Kersauson's Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Schneider Electric sponsored maxi trimaran had a most unexpected encounter off the Straits of Gibraltar earlier today when a giant cephalopod - a squid or octopus - became tangled up around the rudder blade. It took over an hour before the creature released its grip and allowed Geronimo to resume her rapid progress south.
The wind moderated in the middle of the day, but didn’t prevent the giant trimaran from maintaining an average speed of 20 knots… and despite the delay she covered 485 nautical miles on day 2. Geronimo has now passed Madeira and by midday today was just over 100 miles north of the Canaries.
The temperatures are considerably higher now, but frequent squalls mean that the crew can’t let their waterproofs go just yet!
|Pos at 0300GMT||Position||24hrs (average speed)|
|Geronimo||34°34N 14°45W||485 (20.21)|
|Orange||35°23N 16°13W||472 (19.65)|
The boat's position at 14:00 GMT today (15:00 local time): 31.02N, 16.50 W
Distance travelled in 11 hours : 226 nautical miles
Average speed over the last 11 hours: 20.57 knots