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Foncia on track of Atlantic Record

July 5 1999

At last report the 60 foot trimaran Foncia Immoblier was 168 miles from the Lizard.  The Lizard marks the east end of the Trans Atlantic record course.  Fonica needs to sail at an average of 11.5 knots in the next 15 hours to break Jet Services record.   

At 1200 UTC or 0800 eastern from onbaoad Yvan Bourgnon said: "Our scheduled arrival time will be very close to the Jet services record so it is going to be a very narrow margin. The last hours of the race are going to be critical and we are putting all the energy we have got left into making the boat progress as best we can with the current weather conditions."

American co-skipper Cam Lewis summed up Foncia's challenge this way: "We have a huge problem.  We need to break this record. However, there is a grand and elusive obstacle lurking just ahead. A low pressure area that has no determined path is moving between us and the Lizard finish line. Anything can happen. But we can't control the weather forecast and the weather guys don't know either."

In the end Foncia must finish at the Lizard by 02:43:32 UTC (22:43:32 eastern) to break the record.

 

Anatomy of a Record Run?

Date 24 Hour Run Distance Remaining 24 Hour Average Cumulative Average On board comment
30 June 520 2401 21.66 21.66 "Out of the starting blocks in grand style."
1 July 466 1935 19.42 20.54 "The dolphins caught up and passed us doing over 24 knots."
2 July 486 1449 20.25 20.44 "Our only sail was a double-reefed mainsail."
3 July 540 909 22.5 20.96 "The present conditions are fitting for the 4th of July weekend... boat's speed is 24 knots."
4 July 488 421 20.33 20.83 "In practice it's going to be a photo finish!"
5 July 228 193 9.5 18.95 "it is going to be a very narrow margin."