Saturday, 7 January 2012

Congratulations to Banque Populaire V

Banque Populaire V
(photo: Mark Lloyd)
The Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by sailing vessel was claimed today by the trimaran Banque Populaire V when she sailed into Brest after taking a fraction under three days off the previous record-holder, Groupama 3.

In the nautical equivalent of forty-five back-to-back Le Mans races, Banque Populaire and her thirteen-man crew did over 29,000 nautical miles in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds: an average speed of twenty-six knots.

Quite unbelievable. Twenty-six knots, you can take it from me, feels fast in any boat over any distance.

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