‘Conquering new horizons’

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JAN. 25 — French sailor Franck Cammas and his crew had a fine start yesterday as they embarked on what they hope will be a 21,600-mile voyage along the Jules Verne Trophy course from Lizard Point, England, according to a press release on their site.

Since Dec. 6, the crew of the 105-foot maxi trimaran Groupama 3 has been waylaid with weather delays from their attempts to beat the world record set by Bruno Peyron, who in 2005 skippered the 122-foot crewed catamaran Orange II around the world in 50 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes. The goal of Cammas and his crew is to reach the equator in six days and complete a circumnavigation in less than 50 days, according to the press release.

The Jules Verne Award is named after the author of the novel, “Around the World in 80 Days,” and the route is via the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Cape Leewin, Australia, and Cape Horn, South America.

Catching a northwesterly breeze, Groupama was last reported traveling 25 knots towards Cape Finisterre, Spain, with a goal to get as far as Lisbon, Portugal, by the end of today.

— Elizabeth Ellis