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    From: Wolfgang K?berer
    Date: 2006 May 26, 18:45 +0200

    Dear all,
    I just looked at the archive for May '06. 306 messages (although quite a few
    are 'meta-messages' concerned with the list itself. But isn't it alive and
    Apart from that: good luck, Zed. I hope you can do as good a job as your
    -----Ursprungliche Nachricht-----
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    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]Im Auftrag von Peter Fogg
    Gesendet: Freitag, 26. Mai 2006 01:10
    Betreff: 'Geronimo' crosses Pacific in 14 days
    The huge multi-hull 'Geronimo' skippered by Olivier de Kersauson has
    recently established a new record for a trans Pacific crossing under sail of
    14 days 19 hours between San Francisco and Yokohama. 'Geronimo' actually
    travelled 5,600 (nautical?) miles, thus an average speed of 15.8 knots. This
    eclipses Steve Fossett's previous record, set not so long ago, by 4 days, 17
    According to de Kersauson: "The crossing was magnificent. Everything was
    excessive, with the weather changing and shifting around at a mad pace: it
    was exhausting and exhilarating, except for the final section, which was
    more of an exasperation. The last 1000 miles were incredibly violent".
    By way of contrast, the first trans Pacific crossing BY AIR was in 1927 when
    Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew flew a Fokker Trimotor named the
    'Southern Cross' from Oakland, California, to Brisbane, Australia via
    Honolulu and Fiji in nine days.
    Some of the sailing speed records over various courses were set more than a
    hundred years ago by the 'clipper' and similar timber multi-masted sailing
    ships. They are only now coming under threat by modern multi-hulled
    monsters. Even in doldrum conditions where any other sailing boat sits
    limply these craft seem to create their own wind and continue at about 5
    knots, although that seems standing still compared to their typical speeds.
    Because of this they are nearly always sailing upwind; their speed means
    that regardless of the actual wind direction their apparent wind is nearly
    always from ahead. This is in contrast to the old sailing ships that could
    only sail downwind.
    Multi-hulls have been regarded with some suspicion by mono-hull sailors, but
    it is notable how few disasters have accompanied the now many passages of
    these incredibly fast and demanding boats, in all sorts of seas and

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