Geronimo dives south

Getting chilly for Olivier de Kersauson's crew

Saturday February 1st 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Day21 Position 24hr distance Av speed
Geronimo 47°35S 57°50E 489 20.4
Orange 40°15S 38°26E 366 15.25

Update: Geronimo’s position at 15:00 GMT today: 49°30S, 62°57E
Distance travelled in 12 hours: 233 nautical miles.
Average speed over the last 12 hours: 19.46 knots

During the past 36 hours, Geronimo has continued her passage south at an average speed of over 20 knots.

The route taken by Olivier de Kersauson and his crew is considerably further south than that adopted by Bruno Peyron maxi-catamaran Orange last year. At this longitude, Bruno Peyron was approximately 40° south. The further south the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric crew sail reduces the distance they must travel through the Southern Ocean. It is interesting to note that this seemed to be a tactic of de Kersauson when he set the Jules Verne record on Sport Elec in 1997.

The low temperatures of the Southern Ocean are now beginning to bite hard, with the air at 3°C and the water at 6°C. Combined with the speed of the boat, this level of cold is making life on board a little difficult. At 03:00 GMT, Geronimo was 2213 nautical miles from Cape Leeuwin, the next key seamark on this circumnavigation.

After her 21 days at sea, Orange was 3155 miles from the same cape on the eastern tip of the Australian continent. At 15:00 GMT (16:00 French time) today, the giant trimaran was just 255 nautical miles from the Kerguelen Islands. Geronimo should leave them to port tonight or early tomorrow morning. Since her departure on 11 January 2003, the trimaran has covered 9364 nautical miles at an average speed of 18.58 knots (calculated as the sum of the point-to-point distances covered daily). Geronimo has therefore covered over one third of the total course.

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