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Record run across the Pacific

NOV. 22 — French skipper Olivier de Kersauson, aboard the 90-foot trimaran, Geronimo, set a new Transpac record Nov. 18 for the passage between Los Angeles and Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the third sailing record de Kersauson and his crew broke this year.

It took the crew of Geronimo 4 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes, 37 seconds to complete the passage, according to information on the team’s Web site. The former record was set in July 1997 by Bruno Peyron aboard the 86-foot catamaran, Explorer.

“We are very happy to have broken this record,” de Kersauson says in a release. “I worried a number of times during the race that we would not make it but, we have and the crew did a very good job.”

In July de Kersauson set the around Australia record and, in August, set the record for the Sydney to Papeete, Tahiti, passage. In January de Kersauson and his crew plan to sail from San Francisco to Yokohama, Japan. The current record for that passage — 19 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes, 9 seconds — was set in May 1996 by American skipper Steve Fossett, aboard the 60-foot trimaran, Lakota.

— Jason Fell