While chasing the Jules Verne Trophy for fastest sail around the world, French skipper Franck Cammas and the crew of his maxi trimaran, Groupama 3, took just 8 days, 17 hours and 39 minutes to traverse the Indian Ocean, breaking the record held by Orange 2 since 2005.
It was at 11:22 p.m. Feb. 23 that Groupama 3 crossed the longitude of Tasmania, to the South of Australia, which marks the exit from the Indian Ocean and the entry to the Pacific Ocean.
Having rounded Cape Agulhas off South Africa eight days and 17 hours beforehand, Cammas and his nine crew took 17 hours and 25 minutes less than the crew of Bruno Peyron some five years ago.
With the Indian Ocean behind them, Groupama 3 is now attacking the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific, the exit from which is marked by the much renowned Cape Horn.
This new record for the passage across the Indian Ocean is awaiting approval by the WSSRC, the international body responsible for sailing records.