Monday, August 03, 2009

Record Broken...

Banque Populaire V and Groupama 3 have crossed the Atlantic in under 4 days, destroying the previous record held by Franck Cammas on Groupama 3. BP-5 left New York hours after G-3, but crossed the invisible line marking the end of the run 12 minutes ahead of Cammas, setting the new benchmark of 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes, and 30 seconds. Cammas' time was just under 3 hours slower than Bidegorry's.

The big breeze and relatively flat water set up by the low pressure system they rode allowed some truly insane 24 hour-runs, including a stretch where each boat was breaking the existing record with each reported position. The new record for a single day of sailing stands at 907 NM set by BP-5.


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