MOVING PICTURES – 45 days of the fastest sailing in the world. Around the planet on Banque Populaire V in 45 days, distilled into just 3 minutes! By Brian Thompson
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MOVING PICTURES – With Banque Populaire recently becoming the fastest boat to circle the globe, we take a look back on brother Bruno’s record setting run on Orange with some Playstation footage thrown in as well.
MOVING PICTURES – The fourteen sailors aboard the Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V just entered history of offshore racing by becoming the fastest men around the globe with crew, after 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds of sailing
MOVING PICTURES – SailingAnarchy.com‘s “Mr. Clean” tours the maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V just days before her departure for the absolute round-the-world record – the Jules Verne Trophy.
With less than 200 miles from the Ushant finish line in the Irish Sea, with a sustained wind of about thirty knots blowing from west south west, skipper Loïck Peyron and crew are sailing the big tri Banque Populaire V into the record books.
In what should be a few hours, the fourteen sailors aboard one of the fastest boats in the world will become the new holders of the Jules Verne Trophy. We’ll keep you posted.
MOVING PICTURES – Banque Populaire V is flying along the Brazilian coast in pursuit of the Jules Verne Trophy – to be the fastest boat to sail around the world. The video is mostly in French but for the non-French speakers it’s still cool to get a view of life from one of the fastest boats on earth.
The maxi trimaran Maxi Banque Populaire V rounded Cape Horn today at 7:50:30 a.m. after 30 days 22 hours 18 minutes and 48 seconds at sea in their pursuit of the Jules Verne Trophy.
A potentially ideal scenario is forecast for the coming days, as Marcel van Triest, onshore router detailed at mid-day: “They will have a relatively tough sea and will have to make this detour by South Georgia. Tomorrow morning, they will jibe and head north. This will be the day of big changes. For now, they should be very fast until Uruguay. Then there will be a transition off Brazil. They should reach the Equator in seven to eight days, which is a very decent time. In the end, it is not impossible to approach the 45 days.”
To become the new record holder, the Maxi Banque Populaire V has to be back no later than Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5pm 15min and 34s (Paris time).
MOVING PICTURES – Here’s some footage of Banque Populaire V as they make their way, very quickly, around the world…
After 11 days 21 hours 48 minutes and 18 seconds since leaving Ushant, Maxi Banque Populaire V crossed the Cape of Good Hope, getting to the end of the second intermediate segment in the Jules Verne Trophy and at the same time shattering the time previously set. With already 8,245 miles behind them, Loïck Peyron and his men set a second record to their list of successes, and are now sailing in the Indian Ocean.
The first of the three Capes that have to be crossed on this non-stop round the world race is now behind them. After a tough start, a rapid descent to the Canaries, a slight slowdown in the Doldrums, an equator crossing made in record time, followed by a straight acceleration with a nice bypass to avoid the center of the St. Helena Highs, Team Banque Populaire has just hit a new reference time. By improving the time established by Franck Cammas by more than one day, the intermediate period record is now been broken by the big blue trimaran. Loïck Peyron spoke via video conference:
“This record is almost indecent! A few decades ago, twelve days was the time set by Charlie Barr to cross the Atlantic, a record he held for a long time. And today, it is almost the time it took us to get to the Southern Africa. However, we should not forget that we are sailing on an extraordinary machine. Banque Populaire is an amazing tool that uses the intelligence of men and the work of a team. What we have just achieved would not have been possible three years ago. We had to optimize the boat and earn on an incredible experience.”
It has barely been a week of racing and already there’s good news show Banque Populaire V. By crossing the equator at 00 hours 26 minutes and 52 seconds (Paris time) last night, after 5 days 14 hours 55 minutes and 10 seconds at sea, Loïck Peyron and his men are now the fastest on this section of the Jules Verne Trophy.
In addition to this news, the famous St. Helena anticyclone, a southern match of the Azores’, appears under the best conditions. Currently at 220 miles off the Brazilian coast in a South-East wind, the Maxi, Banque Populaire V sailing conditions are relatively uncomfortable head to wind – but are still making good speeds. In a few hours, the setting will change, to the delight of all, explained by Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant:
“The wind will clock around. We’ll gradually go around the anticyclone. It’s going to become more comfortable and it will be easier to sleep. We are not sailing downwind yet so we have the sea movements facing the boat which causes us to get tossed around in all directions. But we all know it won’t last, that it will get better by tomorrow. So we just bear with it. For now, the weather is wonderful. These are the trade winds in Brazil.”
A few months ago, Team Banque Populaire entrusted the helm of their giant trimaran to Loïck Peyron with the mission of conducting a new record campaign.
Today, he announced the names of the crew members who will work this winter in pursuit of the Jules Verne Trophy.
Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, watch leader, in charge of sails
Kevin Escoffier, helmsman/trimmer, in charge of video and structure
Xavier Revil, helmsman/trimmer, in charge of food and life on board
Florent Chastel, bowman, in charge of safety and deck hardware
Frederic Le Peutrec, watch leader
Emmanuel Le Borgne, helmsman/trimmer, medical officer and in charge of composites
Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, helmsman/trimmer, in charge of mechanics and energy
Ronan Lucas, bowman, in charge of safety
Yvan Ravussin, watch leader, in charge of composites
Brian Thompson, helmsman/trimmer
Pierre-Yves Moreau, trimmer, in charge of mechanics and hydraulics
Thierry Chabagny, bowman, helmsman/trimmer, in charge of riggings and sails
Marcel van Triest, ashore navigator