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New sailing record

JULY 25 — The crew of the 105-foot maxi trimaran Groupama 3 have set a new record for both sailing across the North Atlantic and distance sailed in a 24-hour period.

The French skipper, Franck Cammas, and crew sailed from Ambrose Light off New York to England’s Lizard Point in 4 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes, 54 seconds. They arrived at the finish line just after midnight Tuesday and averaged 28.65 knots over the 2,925 course.

“We’re ecstatic!” Cammas said in a press release. “It’s great because it’s a real surprise in that we didn’t set out with any huge ambitions; the weather was shifty and atypical of a record scenario.”

The Groupama 3 crew bested the standing record, set by Bruno Peyron and crew last year aboard the 121-foot trimaran Orange II by 4 hours and 26 minutes.

The record was originally established in 1905 when Charlie Barr sailed the 185-foot schooner Atlantic over the same course in 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute. Atlantic maintained an average speed of just over 10 knots.

In the course of breaking the trans-Atlantic record, Groupama 3 also set a new 24-hour benchmark. At an average speed of 33 knots, the trimaran covered 794 miles in 24 hours — 27 miles more than Bruno Peyron sailed Orange during a 24-hour period last July.

Cammas plans to attempt to win the Jules Verne Trophy this winter for fastest sail around the globe.