Banque Populaire V, a 130 foot long ocean racing trimaran, just set a new world record for circumnavigating the globe in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, and 13 seconds.  They broke the previous record by 2 days, taking the Jules Verne trophy. The average speed for this trip was over 26 knots and they reached as much as 43 knots.  That’s smokin’ for a sailboat.

Sailing technology has been rapidly advancing, with the record going from around 80 days in 1993 to the current record.  Here’s a video that gives you an idea what 40 knots in a sailboat feels like:


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