This morning, two French maxi-trimarans started for the Trophée Jules Verne Round-the-World absolute record attempt, at 2.55h CET Sodebo, and at 3.26h CET Gitana! The ideal weather conditions should allow a record-fast reaching of the equator in less than 5 days. A low pressure area off the coast of Brazil should then bring the two teams to the southern point of Africa in less than 12 days without major detours. – Another offshore spectacle is on the horizon. —– This morning UTC, Sodebo with Thomas Coville FRA and his 7-man team was already 43nm ahead of the existing record set by Francis Joyon FRA (IDEC) – The race tracker and the Sodebo website. —– Gitana with Franck Cammas FRA and Charles Caudrelier FRA had a 43nm lead on the record as well. The Gitana website. —– The video of the start.