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Geronimo’s Southern Option

A few days ago, Geronimo was violently “ejected” from the south of this Pacific Ocean, whose name is undoubtedly open to question.

It now seems clear that since yesterday (30 March), our skipper Olivier de Kersauson, having gathered together every scrap of weather data about these deserted seas, has decided to dive south to the Horn, now less than 3,000 nautical miles away.

A position fix taken at 05:09 GMT today (31 March) puts the trimaran at 51°08S, 154°22W and continuing east-southeast on a bearing of precisely 116° at a spot actual speed of 20.4 knots.

This radical option, which seems increasingly certain as the hours go by, should see the trimaran progressing further and further south over the coming days: 52°, 53°, 55° – even more perhaps. If she can indeed “get through”, there should be two positive effects.

The most obvious is that it will shorten Geronimo’s route to Cape Horn in terms of longitude, because the closer you get to the South Pole, the closer together the meridians become.

The other benefit of this option is that it allows the trimaran to skirt south of a powerful low pressure system now establishing itself west of the Chilean coast.

The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric crew know what it is to fight: we wish them bon courage in the battles to come

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