Banque Populaire V sets new JVT record—Sailing news from the U.S.
If you're as obsessed with fast sailboats and mind-boggling speed records as I am, here comes a heavy: Skipper Loick Peyron and his crewmates aboard the 131-foot maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire V have set a new Jules Verne Trophy (JVT) record for the fastest circumnavigation.
The team's new record, 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds, represents an average speed of 26.51 knots over the 29,002 miles sailed, and an improvement of 2 days and 18 hours over skipper Franck Cammas' previous JVT record (48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds), which he set aboard the smaller maxi trimaran, Groupama in March of 2010. It will be very interesting to see how long Peyron and company's new record holds up, as there are currently no other serious challengers to her record afloat.
Crew of Maxi Banque Populaire V - Jules Verne Trophy 2011 BPCE
'It is not only 45 days at sea that we have just done, but decades of work, and years of commitment from Banque Populaire into sailing,' said Peyron upon finishing. 'We must also pay tribute to Pascal Bidégorry who designed this boat, to Hubert Desjoyeaux who built her and sadly passed away recently, and to the whole team of course. We had this great opportunity to rest on each other. The confidence we had one in the other makes us paradoxically rested. All records are made to be broken and this one will be one day. If there is a boat that can beat it, it is this one!' Given the state of the world's fragile economy, Peyron is likely spot-on with his assessment that Banque Populaire V herself will be doing the honors to this new record.
Be sure to get the full Banque Populaire V media blitz inside, including video footage of the mighty tri crossing her finishing line.
Also multi-hull related, check out Sail-World's reports from the Australian A-Cat Nationals, where numerous AC hotshots tested their skills amongst an elite class of sailors. 'It is absolutely fantastic that five Oracle Racing America's Cup guys have come and sailed at the 2012 Australian A Class Catamaran Championships,' said the legenary multihull skipper, Glenn Ashby. 'It's definitely the strongest A-Cat fleet I have ever sailed against and that includes my seven World Championship events. The A Class is great for really honing your skills for sailing on the bigger multihulls. Everything happens at double speed on the A Class compared to what happens on an bigger boat, so learning the do's and don'ts and what you can get away with and what you can't is absolutely applicable to boats like the extreme 40's, AC45's and bigger multihulls going forward into the America's Cup.' Get the full scoop, inside. There will be more Sail-World interviews from this exciting event over the next few days.
And jumping from two hulls to one, check out the latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race, where teams are rushing to switch from inshore-race mode to their offshore trim for the start of Leg Three, which will take the fleet from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China. And be sure to also check in with Mike Sanderson and his struggling Team Sanya campaign, which has been bedeviled with borderline catastrophic boat problems since the start, most notably a broken bow and, less dramatic but equally poisonous, a broken bit of rigging that has waylaid the team for weeks.
optiWorlds12 capizzano 1391 - Day 7 - 2011 Optimist World Championships, Napier NZL Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds
And finally, be sure to get the latest from the Clipper Around the World Race, the Optimist Worlds, and the Fireball Worlds. Happy Monday.
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