Le trimaran Ultim construit par VPLP
© Yvan Zedda

Sodebo Ultim’

Sodebo Ultim’ then Ultim ActualLeader then Brest Ultim Sailing

Thomas Coville came to VPLP with an exciting project to rebuild Geronimo with the aim of winning the 2014 Route du Rhum.The firm, having originally designed the trimaran for Olivier de Kersauson, more than rose to the challenge.

Sodebo Ultim' de Thomas Coville
© Yvan Zedda/Sodebo

So what went into turning that grey trimaran, precursor of the Ultim class, into one of the most competitive maxi-trimarans in single-handed racing? First of all replacing the central hull with a new design which focused on single-handed sailing and, at 31 metres long, was 3 metres more than the previous one.

Sodebo Ultim' de Thomas Coville
© Yvan Zedda/Sodebo

Next, the beams were reinforced so rudders and foils – which Geronimo had been lacking – could be added to the floats. The forward 9 metres of the latter were also rebuilt, adding powerful raked bows.

Ultim Actual Leader par VPLP design
© Thierry Martinez

Launched

2014/2018/2021

Category

Ultim

Architect

VPLP Design

Builder

Multiplast

Materials

carbon

Length

31 m

Beam

21,20 m

Draft

4,9 m

Air Draft

37 m

Propulsion

sail

Sail Area

663 m2

Achievements

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 24s.
2017: 1st in the Transat Jacques Vabre (Sodebo Ultim’, Thomas Coville & Jean-Luc Nélias)