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).
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.