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Groupama 3 on track to break own transatlantic record

Jul 30, 2009
The trimaran Groupama 3, skippered by renowned French sailor Franck Camas, left Gateway Marina in Brooklyn late Wednesday afternoon.  By mid-day Thursday, the vessel had covered 450 miles and was approaching the Grand Banks.  The average speed of the voyage so far has been approximately 32 knots.  The goal of the voyage:  to beat Groupama 3's own transatlantic record of four days, three hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds.  So far, Camas and his crew are on track to do just that.  

From Cowes online:

Franck Cammas was in fine fettle at noon on Thursday, 30 July, for the first radio link-up organised with the shore-based HQ in Lorient, at which point the green trimaran had already covered over 450 miles since setting out from New York. "We're sailing downwind on flat seas with 20 to 25 knots of breeze. We've had to make a few sail changes since leaving the Ambrose Light, hoisting more sail aloft this morning as we set the gennaker. We're trying to go fast by heading up to accelerate.

"The trajectory as far as Lizard Point isn't as clear as all that; after Newfoundland we're going to have to choose between a route which sees us heading up a bit or bearing away a little, which has repercussions on the sail configuration. We're going to take that decision after Cap Race. The crux of the matter still centres on the end of the course as the front looks to want to drag its heels as we approach the goal."

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