Cheyenne Sets New 'Round The World Sailing Record
Nearly 6 days faster than previous mark
April 26, 2004
Monday 5 April 2004, 14h43 GMT Isle d'Ouessant, France: 58 days 9 hours 32 mins 45 secs after taking the start on February 7th, American skipper Steve Fossett and his international crew of 12 aboard the 125' maxi-catamaran Cheyenne crossed the official WSSRC start-finish line here at Le Stiff lighthouse on the French island of Ouessant (Ushant). They have just demolished the 2 year old Round The World Sailing record - by almost 6 days (an improvement of 5d 23h 4m 39s). Their time topples the May, 2002 mark of Bruno Peyron and Orange I - and fulfils Fossett's decade old ambition to achieve 'the most important record in sailing'.
Steve Fossett Speaking from Cheyenne via satellite phone at the finish line:
"The past 24 hours were slow at first, but improving winds became very strong by the time we crossed the line with 2 reefs and staysail it was very dramatic we had our hands full - around this island the tides were whirling. Everyone is just so happy we are all emotionally drained. It's quite a celebration. Everybody on this crew is absolutely delighted; this is a satisfying moment for all of us."
When asked if he ever thought he would not make it Steve said.
"When we started out I thought the chance was 50/50 that we would get around. Then I wondered that the boat might not be fast enough."
The official WSSRC course calls for an eastbound passge from Ouessant, leaving the 3 great capes - Cape of Good Hope (S. Africa), Cape Leeuwin (SW Australia) and Cape Horn (Chile) - to Port, returning up the Atlantic to Ouessant. The past 8 weeks have seen Fossett and Cheyenne cover over 25, 000 miles along this course at a blistering pace, through every sort of weather, accompanied by a fistful of new RTW segment records - averting numerous potential technical disasters - including a separated forestay, shorted out instrumentation, broken mast track and (just this week) a disintegrating forward beam connection at the starboard hull - all resolved in a series of astonishing 'running repairs' by Cheyenne's brilliant crew.
Cheyenne's Round the World crew:
|Steve Fossett (skipper)||USA|
|Adrienne Cahalan (navigator)||AUS|
|David Scully (watch captain)||USA|
|Brian Thompson (watch captain)||GBR|
|Jacques Vincent (watch captain)||FRA|
|Paul Van Dyke||USA|
The following RTW segment records have been set:
|Ushant - Leeuwin||25 Days 14 Hours 8 mins|
|Ushant - Cape Horn||39 Days 16 Hrs 15 mins|
|Ushant - 2nd Equator||50 Days 3 Hours 2 min|
|Indian Ocean crossing||9 Days 20 Hrs 29 mins|
|Cape Horn - Equator||10 Days 6 Hrs 47 mins|
|Equator - Ushant||8 Days 6 Hrs 30 mins|
For detailed maps, images, bios, stories by the crew, plus all position data? & media support information - including access to video and hi res photos - please see www.fossettchallenge.com