French sailor Olivier de Kersauson cruised into the record books again Monday by making the fastest time west to east across the Pacific from Yokohama, Japan, to San Francisco aboard his 90-foot maxi-trimaran, Geronimo.
De Kersauson and his eight-person crew completed the 4,483-mile passage in 13 days, 22 hours, 38 minutes, 28 seconds, according to information on the team’s Web site . They beat the former record, held for eight years by Bruno Peyron, by 18 hours, 44 minutes. Geronimo’s new time was awaiting ratification by the World Sail Speed Racing Council .
Despite having broken Peyron’s record, the Geronimo team says it faced some tricky patches of weather, including stretches of flat, calm seas and high-pressure systems. “You can’t control the conditions,” de Kersauson says in a news release. “The weather forecasts are given every six hours and in six hours everything can change dramatically in this area. So you have to do what you can with the situation. You can’t plan ahead.”
In early May de Kersauson and Geronimo set a new time for the east-to-west trans-Pacific passage from San Francisco to Yokohama. He completed that run in 14 days, 22 hours, 40 minutes, 41 seconds.
— Jason Fell