45 Days: Six Men, One Challenge

Published on November 19th, 2015

The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew. No limits, just go for it…exactly what Francis Joyon (FRA) plans to do when he and crew set off this fall to break the record of 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds.

This is Episode 2 of a web series that will follow Joyon’s effort, producing 30 episodes from the start and every 2 days, sharing the adventures of the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT with its crew of 6 men.

On stand-by for an imminent departure from Brest, the five sailors selected to join Joyon all have extensive experience in solo and offshore culture. This very small crew includes two French, a Swiss, a Spaniard, and a German. Three of them have already completed the round the world race and therefore know the South Seas (Bernard Stamm, Alex Pella and Boris Herrmann). For the other two (Clément Surtel and Gwénolé Gahinet), it will be a first.

Joyon will be skippering the 31.5m VPLP-designed IDEC SPORT, which was launched in 2006 as Groupama 3 and later rebranded as Banque Populaire 7 and most recently as Lending Club 2. The boat previously set the Jules Verne record in 2010 with Franck Cammas at 48d 7h 44m 52s.

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