Jules Verne Trophy: "Groupamap 3" schafft die schnellste Segelreise um die Welt in 48 Tage und 7 Stunden

by eric on 21. März 2010

Weltumsegelung RekordDer Endspurt war dank der Wetterlage furios: Mit mehr als 1400 Seemeilen Vorsprung beendet Franck Cammas und seine Crew am Samstag Abend  seine Jagd nach der Jules Verne Trophy für die  schnellste Weltumsegelung.  (Foto: Yvan Zedda) 48 Tage, 7 Stunden, 44 Minuten und 52 Sekunden benötigter der riesige Trimaran „Groupama 3″ für die Strecke um die Welt.

Der Multihull war also fast zwei Monate lang mit einer schier unglaublichen Durchschnittgeschwindigkeit von 24,5 Knoten unterwegs und legte dabe 28.523 Seemeilen über Wasser zurück. Die Idealline wäre „nur“ 21.760 Seemeilen gewesen – doch Cammas musste immer wieder große Umwege fahren, um schlechte Wetterbedingungen zu umgehen.

Nun geht die Jules Vernes Trophy an Franck Cammas und seine Crew. Er erhält sie aus der Hand von Bruno Peyron, der im 2005 beinahe 51 Tage für die Segelstrecke um die Welt benötigt. Und der nächste Franzose lauert schon auf seine Chance: Pascal Bidegorry wird gegen Ende des Jahres mit seinem Boot „Banque Populaire“ versuchen, den Rekord der „Groupama 3″ einzustellen.


he Jules Verne Trophy now belongs to ten men who have sailed around the globe at an average of 18.76 knots along the optimum course, beating the reference time set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes. Franck Cammas and his men crossed the finish line off the Créac’h lighthouse at Ushant (Finistère) at 21h40’45“ UTC Saturday 20th March. They are due to make the Port du Château in Brest at around 0900 UTC tomorrow.

The skipper Franck Cammas, navigator Stan Honey, watch leaders Fred Le Peutrec and Steve Ravussin, helmsmen/trimmers Loïc Le Mignon, Thomas Coville and Lionel Lemonchois, and the three bowmen Bruno Jeanjean, Ronan Le Goff and Jacques Caraës, supported on shore by router Sylvain Mondon, have pulled it off: they have beaten the round the world record under sail via the three capes!

In 48 days 07 hours 44 minutes, Groupama 3 has certainly had her highs and lows, as she hasn’t always been ahead of the reference time set by Bruno Peyron and his crew in 2005. On the contrary! The giant trimaran had a deficit of just over 500 miles in relation to Orange 2 and was only able to beat the Jules Verne Trophy record thanks to a dazzling final sprint from the equator. At that stage they had a deficit of one day and two hours, but by devouring the North Atlantic in 6 days 10 h 35′, Groupama 3 quite simply pulverised the reference time over this section of the course.

Spring parade
Setting out on 31st January 2010 whilst the weather `window‘ was not particularly favourable, Franck Cammas and his men have alternated between some extremely fast sequences and some very slow ones. Indeed, the conditions were very varied on this round the world, and even the wind rarely exceeded 40 knots. It has to be said that the chosen trajectory sought to avoid the heavy seas and the overly strong breezes, which considerably increased the distance to travel: in fact Groupama 3 sailed 28,523 miles whilst the official optimum course amounts to 21,760 miles. As such, in terms of actual speed across the ground, the giant trimaran maintained an average speed of 24.6 knots! The trickiest zone, both on the outward journey and the return proved to be the South Atlantic. During the descent problems arose due to the calms and on the ascent due to the headwinds.

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