Banque Populaire Smashes Record to Take Jules Verne Trophy

We think the crew of Banque Populaire did a pretty amazing job here, but we’re equally as intrigued by Elaine Bunting’s article on why they aren’t the real world record holders.

The 14 sailors aboard the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V just entered history of offshore racing by becoming the fastest men around the globe with crew, after 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds of sailing*.

Loïck Peyron and his crew improved the reference time of the Jules Verne Trophy held by Groupama 3 since March 2010 by 2 days 18 hours 1 minute and 59 seconds.

The crew departed on November 22nd at 09:31:42 Paris time after having crossed the imaginary line between Ushant (Finistère-France) and Lizard Point (southern tip of England) and crossed the finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy at 23:14:35 Paris time on Friday. She undertook this sailing around the world at an average speed of 26.51 knots and covering a total distance of 29,002 miles.

Launched in August 2008 in Lorient (Morbihan-France), the giant trimaran holding the colors of Banque Populaire has also established several referenced time on various partials officially listed by the WSSRC for her first world tour:

*Equator / Equator record in 32 days, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 30 seconds.

*Indian Ocean crossing record (Cape Agulhas / South of Tasmania) in 8 days 7 hours 22 minutes and 15 seconds.

Under the leadership of the skipper Loïck Peyron, Thierry Chabagny, Florent Chastel, Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, Kevin Escoffier, Emmanuel Le Borgne, Frédéric Le Peutrec, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Ronan Lucas, Pierre-Yves Moreau, Yvan Ravussin, Xavier Revil, Brian Thompson, Juan Vila and onshore router Marcel van Triest, are the new holders of the Jules Verne Trophy.

Courtesy of www.sailing.org.

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