Atlantic and 24-hour records for Groupama 3
Having cross the starting line at Ambrose light at 18h 02' 55" Gmt Thursday July 19 near New York bay, maxi trimaran Groupama 3 has literally run the 2 925 miles of the Atlantic passage. She has set a new reference time of 4d 03h 57' 54".
With a fantastic first racing day and 794 miles / average 33.08 knots, Franck Cammas and his crew put Bruno Peyron's Orange II 04h 36' behind. Groupama throw so a nice double. Gilles Ollier, designer of Orange II and builder of Orange II and Groupama 3: "... these both records are a professional result. Skipper Franck Cammas doesn't spill the beans,
Stephan Guilbaud is an efficient team manager; and the routing done ashore by Jean-Yves Bernot has been very keen. They have sailed fast and properly, for to go threw the high at mid course wasn't easy. At Multiplast yard, we are satisfied for we have built the trimaran. It's the recognition of our know-how and our ability to build boats with a high level of reliability. About the records, they are done to be beaten. Atlantic is a playing ground we like. Since Charlie Barr in 1905 who established the first reference time, the record has been upgraded 10 times and 6 times by boats built and/or designed by us. Same thing for the 24-hour: since the 600 miles barrier done in June 2000 by 33-meter catamaran Club Med, all the recorded speeds have been registred by multihulls made by Multiplast...".