Despite an extremely difficult final section, the Capgemini and Schneider Electric trimaran, Geronimo set a new record for the 4,482 nautical mile voyage between San Francisco, USA and Yokohama. In doing so she also established a new Hawaii and Yokohama record (again subject to WSSRC ratification).
Geronimo crossed the finish line at 13:21:23 UTC, beating FOSSETT's record by 4 days, 16 hours, 37 minutes and 28 seconds. Although the course between San Francisco to Yokohama measures 4,482 nautical miles, Geronimo actually travelled 5,600 miles to complete the record.
'The last 1,000 miles were incredibly violent,' reported skipper DE KERSAUSON just a few minutes after crossing the line. 'The crossing was magnificent. Everything was excessive, with the weather changing and shifting around at a mad pace: it was exhausting and exhilarating, except for the final section, which was more of an exasperation. In fact, we had to do it in traditional style: going as fast as possible by the shortest route. There's no real chance of applying a strategy in these waters. It's interesting in the nautical sense, because I've never known conditions that were so variable and so demanding.'
Their were prompt congratulations sent from the previous record holder FOSSETT, who sent the following email to DE KERSAUSON:
As you cross the Yokohama finish line, I have mixed feelings about losing the Pacific Ocean East to West Record which we set in Lakota nearly ten years ago. I confess to a twinge of jealousy of your success, but on the other hand you have honoured us with the recognition of our prior record by seeking to break it.
Please accept warm congratulations from myself and my original crew of Ben WRIGHT, Brian THOMPSON, and Peter HOGG. You and your crew have sailed well and set a fine record.
Record: Transpacific east to west, San Francisco, USA - Yokohama, Japan
Skipper: Steve FOSSETT (USA)
Dates: May 1996
Elapsed time: 19 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes and 9 seconds
Average speed: 9.51 knots