Congratulations to Loick Peyron and the crew of the 130ft French trimaran “Banque Populaire V” – they just broke the “Fastest Circumnavigation” record for the Jules Verne Trophy with an astounding time of 45-days!!! They took three days off the previous bench-mark set by Franck Cammas aboard “Groupama” when he did 48-days. It was only back a few short years in 1989 that Loick’s brother Bruno Peyron became the first under 80-days around aboard his 89ft catamaran “Commodore Explorer” with a time of 79-days… We are approaching almost half that reference time !
The ‘Triple Crown’ of absolute world records: Youngest, Fastest, Furthest in 2012 is astounding:
Youngest Circumnavigation: age 16, Jessica Watson
Fastest Circumnavigation: 45-days, Loick Peyron
Furthest ~ ‘World Distance Record’: 81,000-nautical miles ~ triple nonstop circumnavigation, Jon Sanders