New record for Groupama 3
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New record for Groupama 3

Frank Kamm and his nine-man team were able to improve Orange II's record for more than two days on the third attempt! Meet the new winners of the Jules Verne Cup - Groupama 3!

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Trimaran crossed the finish line of the beacon in Wesseyan on March 20 at 21:40 UTC. Peyron's record was improved by two days and 8 hours. Groupama 3 at an average speed of 18.7 knots spent 48 days 7 hours and 44 minutes to get around the world on what is known as a convenient (direct) route. Groupama 3 circumnavigated three capes in the southern hemisphere, a classic round-the-world trip. The French record is yet to be ratified by the WSSRC.

Trimaran took the course on 31 January 2010, when the weather potentially promised to be favourable. The team specifically avoided strong excitement and strong winds. Groupama 3 only experienced gusts of 40 knots a few times. But even with this planning, Groupama 3 could not avoid going too far. It was calculated that the optimal course around the world was 21,760 miles, while the trimaran covered 28,523 miles. The most difficult stages were across the Atlantic: at the beginning of the voyage the trimaran retreated in this ocean due to the weak wind, and at the last stage, when the boat was already returning home, the oncoming wind made it very difficult to move forward. The longest delay from the control time was the last week before the finish. In fact, the fate of the Cup was decided by the successful passage of the Equatorial Zone and the Azores on the way back.

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