With the parting words “Let’s go, 40 days, in 40 days we must be back here”, the skipper of the yacht Charles Caudrelier and five other crew members embarked on a mission to break the world record. around the world sailing race, otherwise known as the Jules Verne Trophy.
With his co-skipper Franck Cammas, he and the other four crew crossed the start line in the early hours of Sunday morning off Brest, in northwestern France.
To claim the title, they must break the record of 40 days and 23 hours, set by skipper Francis Joyon in 2017.
To carry out their task, they sail on a giant 32-meter flying multihull called the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, which sometimes looks more like an airplane than a boat.
This is the second attempt for the yacht.
The first was on November 25, an adventure that ended two days later when he collided with a UFI – an unidentified floating object.
” Everything will be better ! I hope ! Cammas told AFP before the start. “The first attempt was cut short a bit quickly. The weather window we had taken was not very good and that’s also what prompted us to turn around quickly”.
To succeed, the giant boat must be back on February 20 at 2:03 a.m.
The very first Jules Verne Trophy was won by Bruno Peyron, who took nearly 79 days in 1993, nearly double the current record time.