We'll be back

Further Jules Verne attempt this season will not happen for Geronimo says Olivier de Kersauson

Tuesday March 19th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Olivier de Kersauson (above) today quashed rumours that he will be making a hurried fix to his giant trimaran's rudder prior to setting out again on a fresh Jules Verne Trophy attempt. Instead it seems like that de Kersauson will be joining the likes of Tracy Edwards, Ellen MacArthur and Steve Fossett in Jules Verne Trophy attempt at the end of the year.

In the meantime de Kersauson has consulted with Geronimo's entire technical team, the trimaran's owners and between them they have decided to change the boat's steering gear. This decision has been supported by the giant tri's engineers, designers, builders as well as Olivier de Kersauson himself. Geronimo is a powerful and extremely fast boat that requires the ultimate level of development applied to all her technical systems. The fitting of the new rudder system will take too long for a viable attempt this season.

"The boat has proved highly satisfactory, but we now want to change the steering gear so that it can meet our requirements fully and match up to Geronimo's full potential,"commented de Kersauson. "But to do this, we have to change it completely, rather than patch up what is already there. Once this work has been completed, we and our partners, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Schneider Electric, will be in position to set a date for resuming our Grands Records programme.

"Needless to say, that date will be preceded by a period of thorough testing to validate the changes made. We don't know how long this will take and must give up our attempt to beat our own Trophée Jules Verne
record for the moment. We wish Orange a fair wind and sincerely regret that we cannot share in this marvellous round the world adventure with them at sea. But we will be back as soon as we can.”

How their season will progress once their new rudder is fitted has yet to be finalised, but rest assured de Kersauson appetite for breaking records this season is only matched by Steve Fossett's.

See page two for some photos of the world's largest racing trimaran...

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