Maxi blaster ‘Banque Populaire V’ takes North Atlantic crossing record today...

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Maxi blaster ‘Banque Populaire V’ takes North Atlantic crossing record today...

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Captained by Pascal Bidegorry, multihull left New York on July 30, ‘09 at 22.47.42 and arrived at The Lizards (main photo) on August 2 at 14.13.13, which translates to three days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds.

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The total distance was 2,921 nautical miles (5,410km) at an average speed of 32.94 knots. Her top speed was 47.15 knots.
Along the way she also managed to secure the record for the fastest distance covered in 24 hours – 908 nautical miles!
The elapsed time took over 12 hours off the previous record, which had just scraped in under 100 hours. It was achieved in ’07 by Groupama 3 and stood at officially at four days, three hours, 57 minutes, 54 seconds.
Banque Populaire V actually made the crossing with Groupama 3, which skippered by Franck Cammas left two hours ahead of her. At The Lizard line, the former finished 12 minutes ahead, so Groupama 3 also did incredibly well, managing to take nine hours off her previous record-breaking run.
This winter both trimarans will compete for the Jules Verne Trophy, which of course will see them trying to circumnavigate the globe in less then 45 days.
Both boats were designed by French firm VPLP.

For more, www.vplp.fr.

© Phil Draper