Over the southern hemisphere winter Geronimo's skipper Olivier DE KERSAUSON (FRA) and his crew made two successful attempts to set new speed sailing records for The Challenge around Australia and the Tahiti Nui Challenge for the distance between Sydney and Tahiti. Both of these challenges pitted the boat and crew against their toughest competitors, the clock and themselves.
Skipper DE KERSAUSON spoke from the boat saying that, 'It's a long upwind sail to reach California from the South Pacific, but Geronimo is quite impressive in these conditions for a multihull.' The nearly 4,000 miles trip from Tahiti to San Diego is currently being covered at an average of 13.5 knots. The 110 foot multihull covered 1,200 miles in the first two days after she departed from Papeete and it is estimated that Geronimo will arrive in San Diego on 6 November.
Once Geronimo is in San Diego she will undergo preparations for her attempt to break Frenchman's Bruno PEYRON's 5 day, 9 hour, 18 minute and 26 second record for the 2,215 mile Los Angeles to Hawaii route.
This will be the first time a multihull team has attempted to break this record during the winter months of the northern hemisphere. Weather dependant and preparations going to plan the crew are aiming for an early December departure for this attempt.