Sunday, November 8, 2009

708 miles in 24 hours

Jules Verne Trophy
In a single day, Groupama 3 has succeeded not only in making up yesterday's deficit on the reference time, but also gaining almost a day on the course adopted by Bruno Peyron in 2005! It's been an excellent weekend for all Franck Cammas' crew with over 700 miles covered over the past 24 hours.

First of all, Stan Honey is a lot better. Groupama 3's navigator has been taken in hand by the crew and thanks to dried Swiss meat and a highly favourable weather situation, the American has been able to get on with his work at the chart table in the best possible conditions. The trimaran is also on a favourable course for tackling the Doldrums from Monday evening... In fact, this is the latest objective for Franck Cammas' crew, who haven't had as easy a day as all that despite the supersonic speeds this Sunday: the trimaran has managed to rack up nearly 708 miles in 24 hours!

"Stan is resting, but fortunately he's feeling a lot better. I think it was partly due to the exhaust fumes from the engine but he also has a problem with one ear: he's taken some Swiss potions and he's doing well..." indicated Stève Ravussin at the midday radio link-up this Sunday. -

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