The maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire V and its 14 crew, crossed the Jules Verne Trophy finish line near Brest, France late last night to set a new Jules Verne Record for the fastest lap of the planet (subject to approval by the WSSRC).
France’s Loick Peyron and his team finished the circumnavigation in 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds, shaving 2 days 18 hours 1 minute and 59 seconds off the previous record set by Groupama 3 in March 2010.
Banque Populaire started her voyage on November 22, 2011 at 08:31:42 GMT, after crossing the imaginary line between Ushant (Finistère-France) and Lizard Point (southern tip of England). She crossed the finish line at 22:14:35 GMT on Friday January 6, 2012 after sailing for 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds days at an average speed of 26.51 knots, covering a total distance of 29 002 miles.
Launched in August 2008 in Lorient (Morbihan-France),the giant trimaran holding the colours of Banque Populaire has also established several referenced time on various partials officially listed by the WSSRC for her first world tour:
Equator / Equator record
32 days, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 30 seconds
Indian Ocean crossing record (Cape Agulhas / South of Tasmania)
8 days 7 hours 22 minutes and 15 seconds
Under the leadership of the skipper Loïck Peyron, the team of Thierry Chabagny, Florent Chastel, Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, Kevin Escoffier, Emmanuel Le Borgne, Frédéric Le Peutrec, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Ronan Lucas, Pierre-Yves Moreau, Yvan Ravussin, Xavier Revil, Brian Thompson, Juan Vila and onshore router Marcel van Triest, were delighted with their victory.
At the finish, Loïck Peyron said: “We will now appreciate our victory between us and will return in Brest tomorrow morning to share this beautiful story with everyone. Our memories are full of wonderful images: the departure, icebergs, albatrosses, the Kerguelen Islands… When you sail around the world in 45 days, you see many things. The only one we did not get is Cape Horn but this frustration is quickly forgotten with the record we now have in hands. We are very proud !
Brian Thompson, the sole Briton amongst the 14-strong crew, said: “Everyone is really excited on board and we are looking forward to seeing everybody tomorrow morning. This has been an incredible trip around the planet, almost a dream ride. And that is because of the quality of the boat, of the preparation and most of all to the incredible crew on board”
Thompson added: “I am very fortunate to have sailed with Loïck, the best all round multihull sailor there is, and the rest of the team that are so talented, industrious, dedicated, fun and welcoming to an English guy with schoolboy French! It feels absolutely fantastic. At the same time, to become the first Briton to sail around the world non-stop 4 times, is just amazing and feels very special”