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As a casual recreational boating enthusiast, you may not have seen this news on the sailing wires over the weekend, but an extraordinary accomplishment was achieved on Friday at the finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy.
Congratulations to skipper Loïck Peyron and the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V for winning the Jules Verne Trophy on Friday evening. The remarkable part was the time it took them to to win this around the world challenge. Peyron smashed the outright round the world record when he crossed the finish line by winning the race of more than 29,000 miles in just 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds. That is about 2 days and 18 hours better than the standing record which had been held since 2010.
Peyron is also a challenger in the America's Cup, where he is the Helmsman for Team Energy - one of two French entries in the current edition of the Cup.