Olivier chases the girls

Geronimo comes home a close second

Tuesday September 10th 2002, Author: Grands Records, Location: United Kingdom
Geronimo, the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Schneider Electric sponsored trimaran crossed the finish line off the Lizard at 12:12:54 today, having completed the non-stop Round Britain and Ireland course in 4 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes and 52 seconds. This performance puts Geronimo almost 23 hours ahead of the record time set in 1994 by Steve Fossett and Lakota, but 5 hours 2 minutes and 29 seconds behind Tracy Edwards' Maiden 2.

While Maiden II, skippered by Brian Thompson, covered the same course as Geronimo because they started from different points about the British Isles means that the two boats will not have encountered precisely the same weather conditions.

Geronimo's crew must now make a detailed analysis of the courses sailed by the two contenders, the route taken by the English catamaran having been kept secret throughout the attempt. Over and above the actual time set, the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Schneider Electric crew have had a lot of positive technical feedback as a result of this attempt. Particularly important has been the testing of the modifications and repairs made to the rudder blade and mast, which will help come her next attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy this winter. The time set for the course is excellent and shows that Geronimo has everything it takes to pursue and set major records. This is becoming an increasingly demanding and difficult challenge because the number of competitors is growing every day, as is the performance of all those involved.

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