If the wind holds out, Steve Fossett and crew aboard PlayStation could break the NY-UK TransAtlantic record by one day
With winds remaining at 25 knots plus overnight, monster cat PlayStation has maintained excellent speeds of between 25-28 knots in her quest to break the longstanding NY-UK TransAtlantic record. Skipper Steve Fossett and his crew are now on course to smash the current time of 6 days 13 hours 3 mins 32 secs set by Serge Madec on Jet Services 5, 11 years ago.
By 1000 GMT this morning they had approximately 565 nm to reach The Lizard, UK – meaning they could cross the finish line as early as 0700 Wednesday morning, taking more than a day off the existing time.
Navigator Stan Honey revealed the secret of their success, “The weather front that has been carrying us along still appears as though it may be progressive enough to make it the rest of the way to the English Channel, which doesn’t always happen.”
Steve Fossett: “PlayStation has finally come into her own. We are able to sail at her full potential with an experienced crew. We’re taking full advantage of this great weather pattern, and hope to post an outstanding time.” After passing The Lizard, PlayStation will head for Plymouth (Mayflower Marina), docking about four hours after crossing the line.