New round the world record bid
Franck Cammas and his nine crew have left their shore base in Lorient, France to make for the start line of this Jules Verne Trophy attempt (crewed circumnavigation around the three capes) from between Lizard Point (UK) and the Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant).
Bruno Peyron, aboard the maxi-catamaran Orange 2, set the current record
March 2005, when his team sailed the course in 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes,
and 4 seconds at an average speed of 17.89 knots. Cammas’ crew will need to
eclipse that pace for the 21,760 mile track, which begins and ends from a
line that is virtually defined between the island of Ushant and Lizard Point
lighthouse (UK), and leaves the Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn to
The specs for Groupama 3 are: Length, 31,50 meters; Width, 22,50 meters; Weight, 18 tons.