From 16 of June onwards, the maxi trimaran Geronimo will be looking for a weather window to blast north from Sydney on a 6500 mile round Australia course.
The giant Geronimo
, 34 metres in length (111 feet) will leave from Darling Harbour Sydney with a crew of seven French and four Australian sailors.
Olivier DE KERSAUSON will lead the crew as usual, and with many sailing records to his name is confident the Challenge can be achieved in less than a month.
Given that the 16.5 metre monohull Kaz
sailed the same route in 2003 with seven disabled sailors in 37 days with around one sixth of the overall hull length, this is a very conservative suggestion.
This is the first time that a maxi multihull will make an attempt on this record, a challenging passage with a mixture of trade winds, light tropical weather and a fast southern passage from Cape Leeuwin into the southern ocean heading for the southern tip of Tasmania
It was in those waters that the giant trimaran retired from the round the world Oryx Quest 2005.
After a forced stop in Fremantle, Western Australia to repair damage to the forward crossbeam, de Kersauson and his team headed once more towards the bottom of Tasmania before discovering more delamination in the main crossbeam.
She limped into Sydney and was repaired in Newcastle, some sixty miles to the north. She will shortly sail back to Sydney for the start of her Round Australia run.
The Challenge circumnavigation attempt will require the boat to adhere to the World Sailing Speed Record Council's new rule for Record Courses:
'A skipper may nominate any starting/finishing point on the Australian mainland that is acceptable to the WSSRC. The vessel may sail either way around the continent as defined. The course shall enclose Sydney Heads, the Great Barrier Reef, Cape York and the Thursday Islands group, Cobourg Peninsula, Melville and Bathurst Islands, North West Cape, Cape Leeuwin, South East Cape (Tasmania)'.