Homeward bound!—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
photos envoyées du bord du Maxi Banque Populaire V (1) - Jules Verne Trophy 2011 - Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V) BPCE
Skipper Loick Peyron and his Banque Populaire V team mates are expected to cross the finishing line of their successful Jules Verne Trophy attempt sometime between 2100 hours (GMT) today and 2300 hours (GMT) tomorrow, January 7.
Depending on when the mighty 131-foot trimaran actually crosses the line, the team stands an excellent chance of besting the world speed record for the fastest nonstop, fully crewed circumnavigation. 'We are all in great spirits now as we push for the finish near Brest, [France],' said crewmember Brian Thompson. 'Our goal was to set a new world record and, if we do, it will be true testament to the hard work of the entire crew over the last 45 days. I am very much looking forward to stepping back on land, and we have timed it just right to miss the last of the left over Christmas turkey!'
Get the full story inside, and check the website for updates as Banque Populaire V rockets towards the finishing line.
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France at the finish of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Photo Credit must read: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race) Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Also offshore related, Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) successfully re-started and finished in Abu Dhabi, with Franck Cammas' Groupama taking line honors, closely followed by Telefonica and Emirates Team New Zealand's Camper. Crews and shore teams are now working hard to ready the boats for an inshore race this weekend, immediately followed by the start of Leg Three. Check out this issue for the full VOR media blitz, and follow the website over the weekend as racing begins.
And in One Design news, the NOR for the 2012 Olympic sailing events have now been posted online. Racing is slated to start on July 29 and will wrap up by August 11, and will take place in ten different classes at racing venues in both Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain. Get the full scoop, inside.
Also inside, find the latest on the Opti Worlds, the Global Ocean Race, the Clipper Around the World Race, and the A-Cat Australian Nationals - the seven times World Champion Glenn Ashby says a better fleet he has not seen - and (hey, just because it's cold and miserable on our side of the planet doesn't mean that everyone has to suffer).
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