We all know the story of “Around the World in 80 Days”, a work by Jules Verne, which portrays the attempt of two men to circumnavigate the world in 80 days. In the 19th century, when the book was launched, people dreamed of when such a feat could be achieved. Currently, in the 21st century, records are reached, traveling around the world in only 40 days..

On January 26, 2017, the crew of Idec Sport, aboard a maxi catamaran, beat up the record for the fastest sailing trip ever round the world, crossing the finish line in Ushant, France, after 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds of having started the journey. This crew captained by French sailor Francis Joyon beat the previous record set by Loick Peyron in 2012 by 4 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.

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Captain of the Idec Sport Crew, Francis Joyon

French sailors sailed about 48,900 kilometers to the dizzying average (for a sailboat), winning the Julio Verme Trophy, which corresponds to the “fastest sailing trip around the world carried out with a crew, without scale or outside assistance”, where any type of hull is admitted.

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