Geronimo ahead of record

Introducing some of the crew of Olivier de Kersauson's maxi tri

Tuesday January 14th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Red square at the bottom shows Geronimo 's latest position and the boat sailing in a good northeasterly flow

On Day 3 of the record attempt, everything is going well on board Geronimo.

The giant trimaran covered 503 nautical miles in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1460, 72 hours into the voyage. “We’re pretty satisfied with what we’ve achieved, especially since this is a point-to-point distance. We’ve actually covered more sea miles than that. Geronimo continues to make good progress southwards. The winds have been a bit more stable in the last twelve hours with fewer squalls and changes of direction. The atmosphere on board is good and everyone seems happy to push this huge boat as fast as she will go.

"We’re making between 25 and 27 knots at the moment in unbelievably beautiful surroundings. We’re getting more daylight hours every day. Today was the turn of the Canaries and tomorrow it will be the almost tropical light of Cape Verde, where the warm wind is heavy with the scents of Africa.

The sky is a spring-like light blue and the temperatures are rising. These round the world trips are fantastic because you travel fast enough to go from one season to another, but slowly enough to appreciate them. In an aircraft, you feel nothing and see nothing”

Not all the crewmembers of Geronimo have experienced these almost inexpressible sights Olivier de Kersauson refers to. ODK has circumnavigated the globe six times, Yves Pouillaude twice and Didier Ragot and Marc Le Fur once.

What of the seven other crewmembers? Although they come from very different worlds, the men who make up the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric watches all have a wealth of solid experience at sea: When he was just 24, Stanislas Devorsine took over a job that many people would give a great deal to have, despite its sometimes harsh demands. Stanislas is the Mate of the ocean-going tug, Abeille Flandres.

Pierre Corriveaud manages the sailing school at Aber Wrac’h on the north coast of Brittany, an area famous for its currents and rocky coastline.

Antoine Deru started his deep-sea fishing career at the tender age of 16. It’s a harsh and dangerous way of earning a living, with long weeks spent at sea interspersed with just a few days’ time off ashore.

The rest of the crew all come from the world of sailing, but again, each one has been recruited very carefully. Franck Ferey, Jean-François Fouché, Rodolf Jacq and Pascal Blouin are all aged 29 or 30: all soak up information like sponges and every one of them is meticulous in his preparation.

They know what it’s all about: the race against time, the need to find effective solutions quickly to make sure that the boat gives 100% of its potential, days when you put in as many hours as it takes; the doubts and the courage... They also know about racing, speed and the satisfaction of a job well done. They are ready for this challenge.

Today, they are just beginning to find out what it means to circle the globe in a boat with a legendary name. And they’re very happy. “Why shouldn’t they be?”… as their captain might well say.

Position at 03:00 GMT

Pos Distance (24hrs) Av speed Distance to equator
Geronimo 27°07N 19°13W 503 20.96 1660
Orange 35°23N 16°13W 472 19.65 1762

The boat's position at 15:00 GMT today (16:00 local time): 23°39N, 21°39W
Distance travelled in 12 hours : 246 nautical miles
Average speed over the last 11 hours: 20.57 knots

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