Benoît Stichelbaut/DPPI

Geronimo

Geronimo then Sodebo Ultim then Actual Leader then Brest Ultim Sailing

Commissioned for Olivier de Kersauson and built at the Multiplast yard in 2001, Geronimo prefigured the new generation of record-breaking machines of over 100’ – soon to be known as “Ultims” – that VPLP was beginning to design in the first couple of years of the 2000s.

Built entirely in carbon fibre and honeycomb core, Geronimo was given a very simple remit: win the Jules Verne Trophy. She achieved this goal three years after her launch, in the winter of 2003–04, setting a time of a little over sixty-three days. There followed numerous ocean records, including crossing the Pacific in both directions (San Francisco–Yokohama and back).

© Benoît Stichelbaut/DPPI

Sold in 2013 to Thomas Coville, Geronimo was considerably modified and renamed Sodebo Ultim. She then embarked on a brilliant new career which included several attempts at the solo round the world record, her skipper achieving his goal in 2016. In early 2009, she was renamed Actual Leader for Yves Le Blevec, before being sold again two years later to the company Brest Ultim Sailing.

Launched

2001

Category

prototype

Architect

VPLP Design

Builder

Multiplast/
JMV Industries

Materials

carbon

Length

33,80 m

Beam

21,10 m

Draft

4 m

Air Draft

42 m

Propulsion

sail

Sail Area

535 m² / 740 m²

Achievements

2004 : Jules Verne Trophy (Geronimo, Olivier de Kersauson) 63d 13h 59m 46s

2015: 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (Sodebo Ultim, Thomas Coville & Jean-Luc Nélias)

2016: Solo Round the World Record (Sodebo Ultim’, Thomas Coville) 49d 3h 7m

2017: Solo Transatlantic Sailing Record (Sodebo Ultim’, Thomas Coville) 4d 11h 10m

2017: 1st in the Transat Jacques Vabre (Sodebo Ultim’, Thomas Coville & Jean-Luc Nélias)

2018: 3rd in the Route du Rhum (Sodebo Ultim’, Thomas Coville)