Olivier de Kersauson's giant grey ocean racer Geronimo arrives in San Diego to prepare for record attempt

After a relatively fast upwind voyage covering approximately 4,000 miles from Papeete, in Tahiti to California in 12 days, Olivier de Kersauson’s Capgemini and Schneider Electric trimaran Geronimo made her presence felt as she glided under a blanket of fog into San Diego harbour at 0800 Pacific time USA yesterday morning.

The 10-man French crew landed in San Diego in good spirits after an enjoyable trip with the boat performing well. The boat will now undergo major preparations to ensure she is in optimum racing configuration for the upcoming Los Angeles to Hawaii record attempt. “We had a fairly fast run until Hawaii then the breeze didn’t turn with us so Hawaii to San Diego has been a little choppy and cold,” commented one of Geronimo’s crew.

Skipper Olivier de Kersauson commented: ‘I first came to San Diego 35 years ago with Pen Duick IV with Eric Tabarly and when we arrived we were very hungry, we had no food for one week before we arrived, so when the customs said to destroy all food they were shocked and took us to the closest hamburger restaurant to eat and we couldn’t eat everything in front of us. I was also in San Diego for the America’s Cups as a journalist and photographer. This is the first time we have arrived in a port in daylight and even then we have a lot of fog.’