Who will win?
Like Maiden 2, Geronimo had a fast run south past Ireland regularly hitting 30 knots on Sunday night. The boat passed through a series of Mini depressions.
"At times, it put a lot of strain on the boat, with strong winds gusting up to 37 or even 40 knots. We had a few fairly hot moments, especially when we dropped the mainsheet, which was a bit stressful at the time, but quite funny afterwards", recalled de Kersauson. "We were pretty close on the wind with one reef in the main and a staysail. That's plenty of canvas at 110° to the wind." But since then Geronimo has slowed downn in 8-10 knot breeze.
"We're managing a fairly straight, stress-free track, but we could do with a bit more wind", explains Olivier de Kersauson. "We're pretty happy with what's happening and we'll arrive off the Lizard tomorrow. We've seen enormous progress in the way the rudder blade behaves. The boat shows none of her previous reactions. The helm is more direct and less demanding than before. Everything's working well on Geronimo and there's a combative atmosphere on board. Everyone wants to get on with the job. There's plenty of application and concentration, although it's true that we've had to do a lot of manoeuvres in the last 20 hours.