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6 December 2007, 11:35 am
Groupama 3 On Standby For Jules Verne Trophy
Groupama 3 is gearing up for a round the world record attempt
Groupama 3 is gearing up for a round the world record attempt

WSSRC Record Attempt
Lorient, France

Groupama 3, skippered by Franck CAMMAS goes on standby today for an attempt on the outright round the world record and the Jules Verne Trophy.
Alongside in Lorient, NW France, its home port, the 31.50 m trimaran with four records already under its belt, will submit itself to waiting for favourable weather conditions to begin its Jules Verne Trophy attempt.

Code red. The colour isn't selected by chance. It signifies that the weather conditions analysed at Météo France by Sylvain MONDON, will not enable the ten crew on Groupama 3 to leave the French coast at speed. Clearly this is something they will need in order to stand a chance of conquering the famous Trophy, held by Bruno PEYRON (FRA) and Orange II in a time of 50 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes.

At the Lorient base, the crew is virtually complete. From Brazil, South Africa and all around France, the sailors have joined the maxi-trimaran which they know so well, since the majority of them were aboard during the four records broken between May and July: Discovery Route, Miami New-York, North Atlantic crossing and the distance covered in 24 hours.

Under the direction of team manager, Stéphane GUILBAUD, the ten adventurers are gradually entering into what will be their daily routine around the planet. On the floor of the big sail loft, the gear is spread out and stored in themes. In the clothing category, each of them have their first name emblazoned on their own boxes: underwear, foulies, fleeces, jackets, dry suits and duvets. As regards food, 50 bags have been loaded, which are numbered and adapted to the nutritional needs of the sailing zone in question. The repair material and spares have also been placed in the bilges of Groupama 3 after being carefully weighed.

Grouped in a circle, CAMMAS, PROFFIT, RAVUSSIN, LE PEUTREC, LE MIGNON, AUDIGANE, CARAËS, DEKKER and LE GOFF are actively exchanging ideas. The trip out to sea scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday has been put back due to the bad weather. Like the trawlers, Groupama 3 remains alongside. It is only in theory then that the sailors study how to recuperate a man who has gone overboard. Each of them share their experiences and express their opinions, all too aware that in this type of situation, approximations have no place.

Prior to making Ushant, from where the Jules Verne Trophy most often sets out, they will have to wait for code green (start in 24 hours), this particular code preceded by code yellow (likely start in 48 hours) and code orange (possible start in 96 hours).

Patience then...

The `Jules Verne' crew of Groupama 3

To date, nine of the ten men who will set off on the assault of the Jules Verne Trophy aboard Groupama 3 are known. Indeed, just a few days ago, Dutch sailor Marcel VAN TRIEST, retained for the position of onboard navigator for this round the world, was forced to withdraw from his engagement for personal reasons. The name of his replacement will be communicated at the start of next week.

Franck CAMMAS (FRA) - Born 22 December 1972
Skipper / Watch leader - helm (1st Circumnavigation)

Franck PROFFIT (FRA) - Born 5 October 1963
Operational Manager of Groupama 3
Watch leader - helm / Sail manager (3rd Circumnavigation)

Stève RAVUSSIN (SUI) - Born 23 December 1968
Watch leader - helm / Video - Photo Manager (1st Circumnavigation)

Frédéric LE PEUTREC (FRA) - Born 20 June 1965
Second helm / Onboard Food Manager (2nd Circumnavigation)

Loic LE MIGNON (FRA) - Born 25 April 1970
Second helm / Superstructure Manager (2nd Circumnavigation)

Sébastien AUDIGANE (FRA) - Born 9 March 1968
Second helm / Medical Manager (2nd Circumnavigation)

Ronan LE GOFF (FRA) - Born 11 May 1970
No.1 / Rigging and superstructure (3rd Circumnavigation)

Jan DEKKER (RSA) - Born 10 October 1967
No.1 / Medical and Rigging Manager (5th Circumnavigation)

Jacques CARAËS (FRA) - Born 19 August 1959
No.1 / Video - Photo Manager (4th Circumnavigation)

Sylvain MONDON (Météo France)
Onshore weather expert

The Record To Beat

Record: Round the World, non-stop
Yacht: Orange II
Skipper: Bruno PEYRON (FRA)
Dates: January-March 2005
Elapsed time: 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and 4 seconds
Distance: 21,760 nm
Average Speed: 17.89 knots

Groupama 3 -
World Sailing Speed Record Council -
Groupama 3 (As Amended by ISAF)
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