Raising the Bar
We don’t know how to react to this video of Franck Cammas and crew aboard Groupama 3 yesterday on the third day of their assault on the Jules Verne trophy. Despite speeds over 30 knots and a 700 NM day, Cammas & friends are almost obscenely relaxed, joking about "opening their new sports bar." With G3 more than 300 NM ahead of Peyron’s ‘Orange 2’ progress, is the newer, faster G3 going to blitz the Peyron record the way Joyon did Macarthur’s? And more importantly for fans of ocean racing rather than ocean record setting, now that Groupama has announced a Cammas-led Volvo Ocean Race effort the next time ’round, are they the new instant favorites? There is no doubt that the French just do it differently – and we like it.