August 3, 2009: French maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V has smashed the transatlantic record covering the course from Ambrose Light, New York to Lizard Point on the southwest tip of Great Britain in just 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
Skipper Pascal BIDÉGORRY (FRA) and his 11 crew onboard Banque Populaire V crossed the finishing line at Lizard Point at 14:13:30 UTC on Sunday, smashing the four-day barrier for the North Atlantic. They covered the 2,921 nm at an average speed of 32.94 knots, including an incredible peak speed of 47.15 knots. The new record time is 12 hours, 32 minutes and 6 seconds faster than the previous record set just two years ago by Groupama 3. It is the first world record claimed by the new Banque Populaire V, one year after its launch.
During the crossing the Banque Populaire V team also set a new 24-hour distance record, again subject to WSSRC ratification, of 908nm – an average speed of 37.8 knots.
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