The Transatlantic Record Stands

August 30 - North Atlantic

Steve Fossett says it best: "Time's up. A record would have required crossing Lizard Head this morning at 0752 GMT and we were still 124 miles out. What had started as one of the most promising weather patterns of the year ended in light headwinds and very slow sailing.

"This is a keen disappointment to the 'PlayStation' crew. The Transatlantic record was our primary objective for this year, and we have made three Atlantic crossings this summer. 'PlayStation' is strong and fast enough for this record, but there is a reason why it has stood for 10 years and resisted 21 attempts: It is very difficult to get a weather pattern which has good winds all the way across.

"Next summer the record will surely be broken. 'PlayStation' will be back and we will have new competitors: the unlimited catamarans which are being built for The Race."

'PlayStation' began the current record
attempt a week ago on August 23.

Steve Fossett steers 'PlayStation' out of New York Harbor bound for England.

Photos Mark Greenberg/Visions
Courtesy Steve Fossett Ocean Challenge

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Weather Updates

August 30 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

Tropical Weather

Tropical Storm John is still cooking along at 55 knots (with gusts to 65) in the Eastern Pacific. You can keep track of John at All remains quiet in the Atlantic-Caribbean.

San Francisco Bay Weather

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California Coast Weather

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Pacific Ocean Weather

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