French skipper Franck Cammas and his crew aboard his 105-foot maxi trimaran, Groupama 3, beat the Jules Verne round-the-world record in a time of 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds.
"I think we could do a lot better, but I'll let someone else beat our record first as I don't really see the appeal of battling against myself," Cammas said. "It was a great relief to cross the finish line. We ended up with a great time, certainly better than we could have expected after crossing the equator with a day's deficit."
American sailor Stan Honey was a crewmember.
"It's an incredible honor as an American to have been invited to be part of this experience because French multihull sailing is the very pinnacle of world sailing," Honey said. "Unfortunately, my work involved a great deal of course selection so I can't say that my French has improved, though I'm sure that the onshore weather router, Sylvain Mondon and Franck have been able to improve their English with me."