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Groupama 3 on standby for record attempt

by Cammas-Groupama on 6 Dec 2007
Groupama 3 - Jules Verne Trophy attempt 2007 Groupama - Franck Cammas © http://www.cammas-groupama.com
Jules Verne Trophy - (Crewed circumnavigation around the three capes).

Thursday 6th December, Groupama 3, skippered by Franck Cammas will be on standby. 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 infamous Trophy held by Bruno Peyron 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 embarked, 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 crew:

• Franck Cammas Skipper / Watch Captain - Helmsman
• Franck Proffit Watch Captain - Helmsman / Shore manager and responsible for sails
• Stève Ravussin Watch Captain - Helmsman / Responsible for audio and video
• Loic Le Mignon Second Helmsman / Responsible for deck equipment
• Frédéric Le Peutrec Second Helmsman / Responsible for food
• Sébastien Audigane Second Helmsman / Responsible for medicals
• Jan Dekker Bowman / Medicals and rigging
• Ronan Le Goff Bowman / Responsible for rigging and deck equipment
• Jacques Caraës Bowman / Responsible for audio and video
• Onshore : Sylvain Mondon and Richard Silvani Routers (Meteo France)

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