>World Speed Record – 48-days!


Franck Cammas and the studs aboard the 100ft trimaran ‘Groupama 3’ are about to break Bruno Peyron’s record set aboard the 110ft catmaran ‘Orange 2’ in 2005 when she circumnavigated nonstop in 50-days flat. Incidentally Bruno has just relaunched ‘The Race’ – his no-limits circumnavigation drag-race set for 2014: http://www.therace.org

After crewing aboard the delivery of both Bruno’s previous record catamarans – I hope to participate in ‘The Race’ in either the ’14 or future edition!

Meanwhile- the 140ft catamran ‘Banque Populaire 5’ that set the new trans-Atlantic speed record of 3-days, sailing a record 24-hour 900-nautical mile day in the process- is scheduled to attempt the fastest circumnavigation record for the Jules Verne Trophy now being obilterated by Groupama next winter!

…I’m currently in Robe, south-east of Adelaide in south Australia, getting ready for the yacht delivery run across the Great Australian Bight to Esperance abaord the Farr 40 we’ve been sailing from Tasmania. We’ll leave for Albany and Perth Thursday next week after we fit a new prop and top up our fuel and provisions before what I hope will be another yacht delivery from Hawaii before an attempt on a fourth Mini Fastnet Race!

Right: Brian Caldwell and Bruno Peyron in Tahiti aboard ‘Commodore Explorer’ in 1997


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