Friday, July 20, 2007

Groupama 3 breaks 24hr distance record

Groupama 3 new 24 hour record holder after sailing 784.4 miles!
Ever faster, ever further...Fantasy for some, victory for others! At this particular game of 'I'm the quickest', Groupama 3 and Franck Cammas have just deposed Bruno Peyron, previous record holder for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a sailing boat, devouring 784.4 miles during their first day's sailing at an average speed of 32.68 knots. In so doing they have improved on the previous record by 17 miles. Unfortunately, a few minutes prior to completing their first 24 hour stint, the port foil of the maxi trimaran broke. Fortunately the damage won't compromise Groupama 3's record attempt.