Banque Populaire with the Jules Verne Trophy
Loick Peyron, Thierry Chabagny, Florent Chastel, Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, Kevin Escoffier, Emmanuel Le Borgne, Frédéric Le Peutrec, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Ronan Lucas, Pierre-Yves Moreau, Yvan Ravussin, Xavier Revil, Brian Thompson, Juan Vila and Marcel van Triest
Banque Populaire V set a new time with 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
The French skipper said: “What I remember is not only 45 days at sea but a story that, for Banque Populaire, is long standing, for 23 years, and is not finished. These are 45 days of confirmation of the talent of the whole team and not just the sailing. We know that in the wake there are people who have gone before us and there will certainly be many more after.”
The only British crew member Brian Thompson commented: “It was a fantastic evening at the Musee de la Marine (the French equivalent of our National Maritime Museum in Greenwich). The building overlooks the Eiffel Tower and it is full of the history of varied maritime adventures – a very appropriate place to celebrate our record-breaking voyage. There was a great crowd to see the ceremony, and it was a very special moment to be reunited with the crew after 3 months, and then to be given the trophy, and to place it in position levitating atop its magnetic base. It’s the most spectacular and beautiful trophy I have ever seen.”
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