The 2004 round the world record season has concluded with the finish of the French trimaran Geronimo. She crossed the line today having circled the globe in 63 days 13 hours.
This is the second fastest circumnavigation under sail. Olivier de Kersauson and crew will once again will hold the Jules Verne Trophy. However, they failed by nearly a week to beat Cheyenne’s world record of 58 days.
Finishing 19 hours faster than Orange saves some face for ODK and crew. Unlike last year they sailed fairly quickly from the Equator to the finish. Their leg time of 227 hours was …. hours faster than last year, but still second best by 38 hours to Cheyenne.
Round the world record sailing is a brutal bottom line business and Geronimo’s second place finish is worthless in the speed, time and distance world of record breaking.
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