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45 Days: Six Men, One Super Hero

Published on November 29th, 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) had planned to do when he and crew set off to break the record of 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds.

This is Episode 6 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. The team crossed the Ushant start line early Sunday, November 22.

After 5 days and 1 hour from leaving Ushant, IDEC SPORT passed the equator. The team has already covered over 4,000 miles and is now in the South Atlantic. Who is the team? Is it 6 men and 1 boat? No. It is 6 men and 1 super hero.

Joyon is 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.

Published on November 28, 2015

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