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5 March 2010, 10:28 am
Groupama 3 Rounds Cape Horn 175 Miles Ahead Of World Record Pace
Jacques Caraës points to Cape Horn
Jacques Caraës points to Cape Horn

World Record Attempt

On rounding Cape Horn at 18:30 UTC on 4 March, Franck Cammas and his men onboard Groupama 3 have retained a lead of 175 miles over the reference round the world record time, which equates to 8 hours 55 minutes.
However, the beginning of this final stage of the round the world will be complicated for the giant trimaran to negotiate, at least for the first few hours of this Atlantic ascent...

The rather peculiar conditions, which have been reigning over the Pacific, have not enabled Groupama 3 to beat the WSSRC record for traversing the largest ocean in the world. For sure there was wind, but too much, to the extent that the crew was forced to make a big detour to the north to avoid the worst of the seas generated by a nasty low. However, it proved necessary for Franck Cammas (FRA) and his men to negotiate a rather light transition zone prior to approaching the coast of Chile... In the end, the crew devoured nearly 5,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean (Southern Tasmania to Cape Horn) in 8 days, 19 hours and 7 minutes, which amounts to just 59 additional minutes in relation to the reference time set by Orange II in 2005 (8 days, 18 hours and 8 minutes).

However, there is still 7,000 miles to go before they reach the finish line off Ushant: Orange II skipper Bruno Peyron (FRA) and his crew took over 18 days to climb up the Atlantic. And even though Groupama 3 is still a few miles ahead of the reference time right now, she is set to lose the majority of this advantage over the coming days. The headwinds reigning over the east coast of Patagonia will make a serious dent in the giant trimaran's capital.

Back in 2005 the champion Jules Verne Trophy catamaran had a superb climb to the equator (8 days, 5 hours and 36 minutes), but she struggled to make Ushant once she got into the northern hemisphere (9 days, 11 hours and 15 minutes). As such Groupama 3 is still on track to improve on the round the world record: 50 days is still within grasp...

Groupama 3's time between Tasmania and Cape Horn

8 days, 19 hours and 7 minutes, or 59 minutes more than the WSSRC record set by Orange II in 2005

Reference time between Ushant and Cape Horn

Groupama 3 (2010): 32 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes

Lead over Orange II's time (32 days, 13 hours and 29 minutes in 2005): 8 hours and 55 minutes

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

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): 247 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 = 376 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 = 60 miles)
Day 24 (24 February 1400 UTC): 638 miles (lead = 208 miles)
Day 25 (25 February 1400 UTC): 712 miles (lead = 371 miles)
Day 26 (26 February 1400 UTC): 687 miles (lead = 430 miles)
Day 27 (27 February 1400 UTC): 797 miles (lead = 560 miles)
Day 27 (27 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)

The Record To Beat

Record: Round the World, non stop, crewed, any type
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 nautical miles
Average Speed: 17.89 knots

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