Banque Populaire V continues her fantastic race against time
by Raphael Montigneaux
A few days ago, we reported a first record for the 40m maxi sailing trimaran Banque Populaire V in her second attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy: she crossed the Equator at 23 hours, 26 minutes and 52 seconds GMT on Sunday night, 27 November.
Another record was broken a few days later when she crossed the Cape of Good Hope only 11 Days, 21 hours, 48 Minutes and 18 seconds after the beginning of this race against time.
And this weekend, Banque Populaire V has established another record as she crossed Cape Leeuwin in the fantastic time of 17 days, 23 hours, 57 minutes and 18 seconds, no less than 3 days and 14 hours better than the former Groupama 3's record in 2008.
The video above gives a good idea of the conditions described by Loick Peyron: "The sea state has improved. The swell is very long. We had a difficult start to the night with a very short sea. We had to slow down a lot, but now it's improved. Despite everything we could not avoid falling off an impressive wave this morning, and exceeding 48 knots in free fall … which certainly beats the boat's speed record. Newton was helping us there, rather then Eole. There are crests sometimes ten metres high, but with long periods, close to 200 meters between each peak. It makes it manageable. Only in the South do we see periods this long. The waves advance at thirty knots, a bit like us, so that we can really ride with them and it's really very nice. "
Today, Banque Populaire V exceeds a 2,100 nautical miles lead on the established Jules Verne record.