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Multihull to make a run at the trans-Pacific record

NOV. 12 -- Skipper Olivier de Kersauson and his crew, aboard the 90-foot trimaran, Geronimo, are ready to set off Saturday morning on an attempt to break the current Los Angeles-to-Honolulu, Hawaii, trans-Pacific record.

Geronimo’s management team has been monitoring weather patterns, and believes it has a favorable window this weekend, according to information on the team’s Web site. If conditions remain as forecasted, the team was expected to cross the start line in Los Angeles at 6 a.m. (Pacific time) Saturday morning.

In preparation, the crew says it has removed long-range items from the boat to lower its weight for the record attempt. “The crew have been busy preparing for this attempt and with the current boat set up we think we have a chance,” de Kersauson says in the release.

The record de Kersauson and the Geronimo crew is attempting to break is 5 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes, 26 seconds, set in July 1997 by skipper Bruno Peyron aboard the 86-foot catamaran, Explorer.

— Jason Fell