Last night the team that set the record around the world under sail was awarded the trophy for their accomplishments at the Musee de la Marine.
I had been scheduled to sail with Bugs Baer, the charter fell through. I wasn’t disappointed until I saw this video. The sirens were calling to me.
Banque Populaire V sets a new record for around the world non-stop. Average speed of 26.51 knots for 29002 miles.
That we can share this, is an example of the marvel of modern technology. Brian Thompson reported about a week ago an unusual sighting in the sky from the deck of Banque Populaire V. Here is validation of what he saw, thanks to NASA.
Banque Populaire V is blazing along. Their lead over Groupama 3 after 11 days is more than 1800 miles. Banque Populaire is a massive trimaran at 40 meters. The web site is very well set up with as much information as you could ever want to know and very easy to navigate.
Banque Populaire V now has a lead of 1030 miles over the ghost of Groupama, the present holder of the record around the world. I remember when Geromino, with Olivier de Kerusauson, had a 7 day lead closing on France, less than a thousand miles, and do not finish in the limit.
Thanksgiving Day, the United States is taking pause, Banque Populaire V with Brian Thompson aboard left Ushant just over 2 days ago is already off the coast of Africa; just ahead of the present record holder Groupama, Stan Honey had been the navigator for that record setting passage
I sailed with Brian a couple of years ago in the middle sea race, on a monohull, slow compared to the 42-45 knots of boat speed Banque Populaire is reporting presently.
For those of you who would like to follow Brian Thompson aboard Banque Populaire V in their attempt to break the record non-stop around the world, click HERE.
The SIX METER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will be in HELSINKI in 2011. Here is how to get your boat there. This promises to be a wonderful event. The Six meter clan are are a terrific group. Join them on the Facebook Group.
Banque Populaire V is 291 miles ahead after 24 hours! Brian Thompson is the only non Gall aboard In order to beat the record around the world they must finish by march 11, 19:55:37
BANQUE POPULAIRE V sets off tomorrow on an attempt to break the record around the world of 50 days. Brian Thompson the only non french speaking crew member.