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10 June 2005, 12:15 pm
Geronimo Lines Up Round Australia Record Attempt
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WSSRC Record Attempt
Newcastle, Australia

With an anticipated departure date of 18 June, the maxi trimaran Geronimo will attempt to set a record for a fully crewed maxi multihull boat to circumnavigate the 6,500 miles around Australia.

Geronimo will arrive in Sydney this Monday 13 June with an ETA of 1200 hours local time from Newcastle, ahead of her preparations for the complex and treacherous voyage around Australia.

Geronimo will leave from Darling Harbour Sydney later in the week with a crew of seven French and four Australian sailors. A number of the French crew members were recently part of the crew who raced on Geronimo in the Oryx Quest 2005 - the first non stop round the world race to start and finish in the Middle East.

It is the first time that a maxi multihull will make an attempt for this record, a very complex and complicated voyage with tropical weather, trade winds, and a dangerous southern passage in the winter.

The current Round Australia record was set in July 2003 by Kaz and skipper David PESCUD (AUS) in a time of 37 days, 1 hour, 23 minutes and 57 seconds at an average speed of 7.31 knots.

Provided Geronimo can avoid the sort of luck that lead to her retirement from the Oryx Quest the giant trimaran should be able to smash the current record. Skipper, Olivier DE KERSAUSON (FRA) is aiming to finish in less than a month.

The circumnavigation attempt will require the boat to adhere to the World Sailing Speed Record Council's (WSSRC) 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, 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)'.

Sam Crichton. Image, Geronimo is back chasing records:© Quest International Sports
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