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15 November 2005, 12:00 am
Geronimo Sets A Cracking Pace
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WSSRC Record Attempt

After a frustrating start on 12 November, the crew on the maxi trimaran of Capgemini and Schneider Electric, Geronimo have set off again in their attempt to break the current World Sailing Speed Recod Council (WSSRC) Transpac record for the 2,225 mile ocean passage from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
Crossing the line for the second time at 19:05:03 UTC (11:05:03 local Pacific time) Geronimo headed out to sea at eight knots boat speed in a five knot breeze from the north northwest.

The decision to restart this attempt for the Los Angeles to Honolulu Challenge record was made when unfavourable weather conditions where experienced by the team onboard Geronimo over the first twelve hours of the initial record challenge.

To break the current record of 5 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds set in the 1997 Transpac race by Bruno PEYRON (FRA), the crew have to average a boat speed of 16 knots for the duration of the 2,225 mile passage.

Onboard Geronimo is multihull professional Cam LEWIS (USA) and fellow Team Adventure team member Larry ROSENFELD (USA). ROSENFELD was onboard Explorer with PEYRON when he set this eight year old record.

'We are here to break a record and the restart means we have a greater chance of this with a start earlier in the day we can work our way out to the weather pattern off the coast,' commented skipper Olivier DE KERSAUSON (FRA) as he headed off at the helm of his giant grey ocean racer. These weather conditions are typical of this area and Geronimo is making her way offshore to get out of the coastal weather influence.

The Los Angeles Yacht Club with PRO David CORT officiating as starter again assisted with the setting of the start line for this Los Angeles Honolulu Challenge record attempt, with Mike WATHEN again officiating the start time for the WSSRC.

Start line coordinates of the Los Angeles Honolulu Challenge were 33°42.8'N 118°20.3'W.

33 hours and approximately 480 miles after the 110 ft ocean racer Geronimo, crossed the start line off Los Angeles the maxi multihull has covered 330 miles in the first 24 hours, averaging 13.75 knots boat speed and is currently averaging 21.4 knots boat speed seven hours into day two. Aiming to break the current record for this transpacific trip held by another multihull, Geronimo is looking good and sailing well in the current conditions.

The decision to restart has paid off for Geronimo's 11 man crew who are working hard to capitalise on every opportunity they are given, given the weather patterns that they are currently experiencing.

Sailing overnight in 35-40 knots of breeze from the North - North West, she is reaching boat speeds of 27 - 30 knots on her way towards Hawaii. If Geronimo's men can maintain their current speed they are looking good to set a new WSSRC record for this transpacific ocean passage which currently stands at five days, nine hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds.

'The sea is settling in this instable weather. We have two reefs in the main and a trinquette (Number 3 headsail) doing 27-30 knots boat speed into a difficult sea with the breeze coming on the beam. The moon is huge and there is violent movements of the clouds in the sky. The moon reflects on the black waves and the wave tops, which light up in the magnificent night. We need to get as far west as soon as possible, the starboard float takes off suddenly, too high in the sky and the grinding noise of the ropes easing on the winches. The heart stops, then Geronimo starts again, splendid, furious and plenty of wet white foam over the forward crossbeam. The noise of the winches taking up the sheets is very loud and Didier RAGOT, totally wet and hilarious remains concentrated on this acrobatic glide and moans 'It's absolutely smoking',' commented skipper Olivier de KERSAUSON from onboard Geronimo today.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Geronimo heads for the open sea:© Louis Noel Vivies/ALC
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