Departure scheduled this evening (GMT) for Gitana 13
The maxi-catamaran equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild is due to set off from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco this Saturday 29th March between 2100 and 0000 UT, according to the latest estimations from their router, Sylvain Mondon (Meteo France).

In so doing Lionel Lemonchois and his ten man crew will be attacking the second record of their 2008 campaign: the North Pacific crossing (San Francisco - Yokohama). This 4,482 miles long course record (great circle route) has been held since 27th April 2006 by Olivier de Kersauson and his crew aboard the maxi-trimaran Geronimo.

The time to beat is 14 days 22 hours 40 minutes and 41 seconds.

Further information this evening the minute the start line is crossed.

The crew of Gitana 13
Lionel Lemonchois (Skipper / helm / watch leader)
Jacques Vincent (helm / watch leader)
Ludovic Aglaor (helm/ watch leader)
Olivier Wroczynski (trimmer /computer manager)
Nicolas Raynaud (trimmer/ Video manager)
David Boileau (N°2 / trimmer/ head of deck fittings)
Léopold Lucet (Bowman/ head of supplies)
Jean-Baptiste Epron (trimmer)
Stefan Fodor (trimmer)
Cyril Dardashti (trimmer)
Kojiro Shiraishi (trimmer)

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