Extra miles for Fossett

Report from day four of their Route of Discovery record

Wednesday February 19th 2003, Author: Stuart Radnofsky, Location: Transoceanic
19 February 2003 - 00.30 GMT 940 nm west of Banc D'Arguin, Mauritania:

Finally travelling (mostly) west along the 21st, 20th and 19th parallels throughout yesterday, Steve Fossett and his crew of 12 aboard the 125ft catamaran PlayStation made more good progress across the Atlantic on their Route of Discovery record attempt.

With winds at 15-25 kts primarily from the NE they continued towards the Americas - averaging 17.25 kts for Tuesday, their 4th day at sea. Their target is the E-W transatlantic sailing record (Cadiz-Canaries-Bahamas) of 10 days, 14 hours 53 mins 44 secs.

In order to avoid the light winds attached to a high pressure system, their course has taken them over 650 miles south of that taken by Bruno Peyron and Grant Dalton when the Frenchman and the New Zealander co-skippered the 110ft Club Med in June 2000, to\set the existing record.

With Tuesday morning being interrupted by variable winds, with several sail changes plus replacement of some mainsail battens in the afternoon, PlayStation's progress yesterday was good, making 414 miles in the 24 hours midnight Monday - midnight Tuesday.

To break Club Med's existing record, Steve and crew will need to reach Columbus' landfall - the island of San Salvador - by Tuesday at 14.44.24 GMT - an average of 14.66 kts for their remaining 2330 miles to destination.

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