45 Days: Tic, Tac

Published on November 21st, 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 3 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.

Claude Breton talks about World Sailing Speed Record Council, which is the body responsible for formalizing world speed records on the water. Claude Breton is its president, and will be holding the official chronometer for the Jules Verne Trophy.

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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