World Record Attempt - Around The World Sailing
The team aboard Gitana 17 have left the Brittany Coastline behind as they set off in an attempt to break the Round The World sailing record. In 2017 the team aboard IDEC Sport sailed around the world in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 mins, and 20 seconds.
Gitana 17 - Jules Verne Trophy
Gitana 17 is hoping to be the first sailing vessel to make it around the world in under 40 days.
To achieve this the boat will need to maintain a speed of roughly 37 knots, that’s an incredible 42 miles per hour or 68 kilometres per hour.
The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew provided the vessel has registered with the organization and paid an entry fee.
A vessel holding the Jules Verne trophy will not necessarily hold the absolute round the world record. The trophy was first awarded to the first yacht which sailed around the world in less than 80 days.
The name of the award is a reference to the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days in which Phileas Fogg traverses the planet (albeit by railroad and steamboat) in 80 days. The current holder is IDEC Sport skippered by Francis Joyon in 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes 30 seconds.