Franck Cammas and Groupama 3s around-the-world sailing record

Posted: Mar 22, 2010 10:43 pm EDT

French skipper, Franck Cammas and his nine-men crew onboard their 105 ft trimaran, Groupama 3, has broken the around-the-world sailing record by finishing in 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 55 seconds late Saturday afternoon, March 20 in Brest, France. With achieving this they took the Jules Verne Trophy.

The previous record was set in 2005 by Bruno Peyron and Orange 2. Groupama 3 broke the previous record by 2 days, 8 hours, 35 minutes. Groupama 3 sailed 28,523 miles with an average speed of 24.6 knots.

The boat left Brest on January 31 and sailed around Cape Leewin, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn.

Groupama 3 crew for the Jules Verne Trophy
Franck Cammas, Skipper, watch leader, helmsman
Fred Le Peutrec Head, helmsman, boat manager
Steve Ravussin, watch leader, helmsman
Lionel Lemonchois, Helmsman
Thomas Coville, Helmsman
Loic Le Mignon, Helmsman
Ronan Le Goff, bowman
Bruno Jeanjean, bowman
Jacques CaraĂŤs, bowman
Stan Honey, navigator

News about the record-breaking sail was send over to ExplorersWeb by French skipper Maurice Uguen.

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Franck Cammas and Groupama 3 crew breaking the record and taking the Jules Verne Trophy (click to enlarge)
Image by Yvan Zedda courtesy Yvan Zedda/Groupama 3, SOURCE
Steve Ravussin, Thomas Coville, Ronan Le Goff, Sylvain Mondon, Jacques Caraes, Stan Honey, Fred Le Peutrec, Cammas Groupama (photos), Loic Le Mignon, Lionel Lemonchois and Bruno Jeanjean celebrating in Brent (click to enlarge)
Image by Capucine Trochet, SOURCE
The fastest around-the-world boat of any kind; Groupama 3 during the record breaking attempt north-east of the Azores (click to enlarge)
courtesy Groupama 3, SOURCE