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20 March 2010, 10:08 pm
Groupama 3: Round The World In 48 Days, 7 hours, 44 Minutes, 52 Seconds
Onboard Groupama 3: the team celebrate
48 days 7 hours 44 minutes! The Jules Verne's Trophy now belongs to the ten men of Groupama 3!

World Record Attempt

The Jules Verne Trophy now belongs to 10 men who have sailed around the globe at an average of 18.76 knots along the optimum course, beating the round the world record set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days, 8 hours and 35 minutes, subject to ratification by the WSSRC.
Skipper Franck Cammas (FRA) and his men crossed the finish line off the Créac'h lighthouse at Ushant (Finistère) at 21:40:45 UTC on Saturday 20 March. They are due to make the Port du Château in Brest at around 09:00 UTC tomorrow.

The skipper Franck Cammas, navigator Stan Honey, watch leaders Fred Le Peutrec and Steve Ravussin, helmsmen and 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 under sail via the three capes!

In 48 day, 7 hours and 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 (FRA) 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 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 hours and 35 minutes, Groupama 3 quite simply pulverised the reference time over this section of the course.

Spring Parade

Setting out on 31 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 at around 08:30 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 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 20 March 2010 at 21:40:45 UTC

In 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds

Improvement in relation to the previous record*

2 days 8 hours 35 minutes 12 seconds

*Subject to approval by the WSSRC

(Orange II - Bruno Peyron - in 50 days 16 hours 20 minutes and 4 seconds in 2005)

The crew and organisation aboard Groupama 3

• Watch No.1: Franck Cammas and Loïc Le Mignon and Jacques Caraës
• Watch No.2: Stève Ravussin and Thomas Coville and Bruno Jeanjean
• Watch No.3: Fred Le Peutrec and Lionel Lemonchois and Ronan Le Goff
• Off watch navigator: Stan Honey goes up on deck for manoeuvres
• One watch system on deck, one watch on stand-by ready to help manoeuvre, one watch totally resting

Groupama 3's log (departure on 31 January at 13:55:53 UTC)

(Number of miles covered in relation to the optimum course for the Jules Verne Trophy)

Day 1 (1 February 1400 UTC): 500 miles (deficit = 94 miles)
Day 2 (2 February 1400 UTC): 560 miles (lead = 3.5 miles)
Day 3 (3 February 1400 UTC): 535 miles (lead = 170 miles)
Day 4 (4 February 1400 UTC): 565 miles (lead = 245 miles)
Day 5 (5 February 1400 UTC): 656 miles (lead = 562 miles)
Day 6 (6 February 1400 UTC): 456 miles (lead = 620 miles)
Day 7 (7 February 1400 UTC): 430 miles (lead = 539 miles)
Day 8 (8 February 1400 UTC): 305 miles (lead = 456 miles)
Day 9 (9 February 1400 UTC): 436 miles (lead = 393 miles)
Day 10 (10 February 1400 UTC): 355 miles (lead = 272 miles)
Day 11 (11 February 1400 UTC): 267 miles (deficit = 30 miles)
Day 12 (12 February 1400 UTC): 274 miles (deficit = 385 miles)
Day 13 (13 February 1400 UTC): 719 miles (deficit = 347 miles)
Day 14 (14 February 1400 UTC): 680 miles (deficit = 288 miles)
Day 15 (15 February 1400 UTC): 651 miles (deficit = 203 miles)
Day 16 (16 February 1400 UTC): 322 miles (deficit = 375 miles)
Day 17 (17 February 1400 UTC): 425 miles (deficit = 338 miles)
Day 18 (18 February 1400 UTC): 362 miles (deficit = 433 miles)
Day 19 (19 February 1400 UTC): 726 miles (deficit = 234 miles)
Day 20 (20 February 1400 UTC): 672 miles (deficit = 211 miles)
Day 21 (21 February 1400 UTC): 584 miles (deficit = 124 miles)
Day 22 (22 February 1400 UTC): 607 miles (deficit = 137 miles)
Day 23 (23 February 1400 UTC): 702 miles (lead = 52 miles)
Day 24 (24 February 1400 UTC): 638 miles (lead = 208 miles)
Day 25 (25 February 1400 UTC): 713 miles (lead = 370 miles)
Day 26 (26 February 1400 UTC): 687 miles (lead = 430 miles)
Day 27 (27 February 1400 UTC): 797 miles (lead = 560 miles)
Day 28 (28 February 1400 UTC): 560 miles (lead = 517 miles)
Day 29 (1 March 1400 UTC): 434 miles (lead = 268 miles)
Day 30 (2 March 1400 UTC): 575 miles (lead = 184 miles)
Day 31 (3 March 1400 UTC): 617 miles (lead = 291 miles)
Day 32 (4 March 1400 UTC): 492 miles (lead = 248 miles)
Day 33 (5 March 1400 UTC): 445 miles (lead = 150 miles)
Day 34 (6 March 1400 UTC): 464 miles (lead = 62 miles)
Day 35 (7 March 1400 UTC): 389 miles (deficit = 91 miles)
Day 36 (8 March 1400 UTC): 317 miles (deficit = 326 miles)
Day 37 (9 March 1400 UTC): 506 miles (deficit = 331 miles)
Day 38 (10 March 1400 UTC): 321 miles (deficit = 384 miles)
Day 39 (11 March 1400 UTC): 255 miles (deficit = 309 miles)
Day 40 (12 March 1400 UTC): 288 miles (deficit = 473 miles)
Day 41 (13 March 1400 UTC): 496 miles (deficit = 492 miles)
Day 42 (14 March 1400 UTC): 445 miles (deficit = 405 miles)
Day 43 (15 March 1400 UTC): 482 miles (deficit = 216 miles)
Day 44 (16 March 1400 UTC): 401 miles (lead = 72 miles)
Day 45 (17 March 1400 UTC): 441 miles (lead = 412 miles)
Day 46 (18 March 1400 UTC): 583 miles (lead = 844 miles)
Day 47 (19 March 1400 UTC): 588 miles (lead = 1,165 miles)
Day 48 (20 March 1400 UTC): 600 miles (lead = 1,412 miles)

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