Jules Verne Trophy
De Kersauson on Record Pace
Frenchman Olivier de Kersauson, sailing the trimaran SPORT-ELEC, is on pace to break Sir Peter Blake's record for sailing around the world and claim the Jules Verne Trophy. Blake set his record of 74 days and 22 hours in 1994 sailing the 80-foot catamaran ENZA.
De Kersauson and his crew, sailing against Blake, finished in 77 days and 5 hours, improving Bruno Peyron's inaugural performance by approximately two days, but unable to keep pace with Blake.
This year, De Kersauson and six crewmen left France on March 8 and are sailing West to East. He rounded the notorious Cape Horn earlier this week and is now headed north on the home stretch.
You can follow this record-setting attempt at the Autour du Monde (Round the World) website, which features live photos from the boat, a virtual tour of the 90-foot trimaran, and a multimedia presentation.
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