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Jules Verne Trophy

48 days 7 hours 44 minutes for Franck Cammas

Groupama 3 ends round the world sailing 2 days better than Orange 2

samedi 20 mars 2010

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The Jules Verne Trophy now belongs to ten men who have sailed around the globe at an average of 18.76 knots along the optimum course, beating the reference time set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes. Franck Cammas and his men crossed the finish line off the Créac’h lighthouse at Ushant (Finistère) at 21h40’45” UTC Saturday 20th March. They are due to make the Port du Château in Brest Brest #brest at around 0900 UTC tomorrow.

The skipper Franck Cammas, navigator Stan Honey, watch leaders Fred Le Peutrec and Steve Ravussin, helmsmen/trimmers Loïc Le Mignon, Thomas Coville and Lionel Lemonchois, and the three bowmen Bruno Jeanjean, Ronan Le Goff and Jacques Caraës, supported on shore by router Sylvain Mondon, have pulled it off : they have beaten the round the world record Record #sailingrecord under sail via the three capes !

In 48 days 07 hours 44 minutes, Groupama 3 has certainly had her highs and lows, as she hasn’t always been ahead of the reference time set by Bruno Peyron and his crew in 2005. On the contrary ! The giant trimaran had a deficit of just over 500 miles in relation to Orange 2 and was only able to beat the Jules Verne Trophy record Record #sailingrecord thanks to a dazzling final sprint from the equator. At that stage they had a deficit of one day and two hours, but by devouring the North Atlantic in 6 days 10 h 35’, Groupama 3 quite simply pulverised the reference time over this section of the course.

Setting out on 31st January 2010 whilst the weather ‘window’ was not particularly favourable, Franck Cammas and his men have alternated between some extremely fast sequences and some very slow ones. Indeed, the conditions were very varied on this round the world, and even the wind rarely exceeded 40 knots. It has to be said that the chosen trajectory sought to avoid the heavy seas and the overly strong breezes, which considerably increased the distance to travel : in fact Groupama 3 sailed 28,523 miles whilst the official optimum course amounts to 21,760 miles. As such, in terms of actual speed across the ground, the giant trimaran maintained an average speed of 24.6 knots ! The trickiest zone, both on the outward journey and the return proved to be the South Atlantic. During the descent problems arose due to the calms and on the ascent due to the headwinds.

Tonight Groupama 3 is remaining offshore of Ushant to await daybreak : she will enter the channel into the harbour of Brest Brest #brest at around 0830 UTC under sail, then a parade around the harbour will culminate with her tying up in the Port du Château at around 1000 hours UTC. A number of France’s top sailors, including Bruno Peyron, previous Jules Verne Trophy holder since 2005, have made the trip to Brest Brest #brest to welcome in the victorious crew and the locals are planning to come out in force to welcome home the ten round the world sailors on Sunday morning.

Arrival of Groupama 3

- Saturday 20th March 2010 at 21 hours 40 minutes 45 seconds UTC
- In 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds / Subject to approval by the WSSRC
- Improvement in relation to the previous record : 2 days 8 hours 35 minutes 12 seconds (Orange II – Bruno Peyron - in 50 days 16 hours 20 minutes and 4 seconds in 2005)

- Press info (Translated by Kate Jennings – Expression)


Date Skipper Boat Time Average Speed
20 march 2010 Franck Cammas (Fra) Groupama 3 (trimaran 30,50m) 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds 18,76 knots
16 march 2005 Bruno Peyron (Fra) Orange 2 (catamaran 36m) 50 days 16 hours et 20 minutes 04 seconds
29 april 2004 Olivier de Kersauson Geronimo (trimaran 32m) 63 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes 46 seconds
5 april 2004 Steve Fossett (USA) Cheyenne, ex-PlayStation (catamaran 38m) 58 days 9 hours 32 minutes 45 seconds non official
5 may 2002 Bruno Peyron (Fra) Orange (catamaran 33 m) 64 days 8 hours 37 minutes 24 seconds 13,98 knots
19 may 1997 Olivier de Kersauson (Fra) Sport-Elec (trimaran de 27,4 m) 71 days, 14 hours, 22 minutes 8 seconds 12.66 knots
1er april 1994 Peter Blake (NZL) Enza (catamaran de 27 m) 74 days, 22 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds 12 knots
20 april 1993 Bruno Peyron (Fra) Commodore Explorer (catamaran 26 m) 79 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes 56 seconds 11.35 knots

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