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The strange story of the Jules Verne Trophy

Reading the French newspapers last weekend, you would never think that the record for the fastest yacht to sail non-stop round the world had once gone to a US yacht and skipper.

American adventurer Steve Fossett has effectively been written out of history, sailor author Elaine Bunting writes in the British publication Yachting World.

Indeed, the outright record Fossett and his crew set in 2004 in the maxi catamaran Cheyenne (still better remembered as PlayStation) has not been mentioned in France. It has been supplanted by Frenchman Olivier de Kersauson's circumnavigation in the trimaran Géronimo the same year — even though de Kersauson was more than five days slower.

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