Maxi-tri hopes to break transatlantic record
Jun 30, 2009
Weather will be the deciding factor in a bid by the crew of French trimaran Banque Populaire V to break the transatlantic sailing speed record. In order to crack the established mark of 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes 54 seconds&mdashset in 2007 by legendary French sailor Franck Cammas aboard the trimaran Groupma&mdashthe team will need to coordinate their depature from New York with a low-pressure system of sufficient strength to propel them close to their 40-knot top speed.
From the New York Times:
If the Maxi Banque Populaire V gets some wind, it is capable of breaking the record. But there are a number of factors that must align for a successful run: the weather window has to be right, the crew has to have the proper chemistry, and the boat has to hold up. But the main issue for BidÃ©gorry &mdash a crew member on the Orange 2, which set the North Atlantic record in 2006 &mdash is avoiding obstacles like ice, wood, sharks and whales, especially at night.
"With this generation of boats that often go over 40 knots, the threat is hitting something," BidÃ©gorry said Saturday through an interpreter. "We've been sailing this boat for over a year and we're constantly stressed about hitting something."
He added: "The ocean is the opposite of luck."
If he can get a little luck, BidÃ©gorry said he expected that the Maxi Bank Populaire V would reach England in less than four days.