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Stan Honey on navigating Groupama 3 to Jules Verne record in 2010

by Vincent Casalaina on 21 Feb 2012
Stan Honey - the world’s top navigator Claude Breton

Here's what Stan had to say about guiding Groupama 3 around the world in 48 days 7 hours and 44 minutes shaving two days off the previous record circumnavigation. He talks about how the navigator plays a crucial role in getting the boat in the optimum wind and wave pattern.

Stan believes its the great speed of the boat plus new predictive modeling that makes the difference. Because the boat is so fast it could sail right through a front or skirt a front if more advantageous. Getting the current weather and predictions every 4 hours makes for little sleep but let's the navigator make better choices about future conditions along the route.

This year Loïck Peyron shaved almost three days off the record set by Groupama 3. Peyron's Banque Populaire V averaged 26.5 knots in their record breaking dash around the world.

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