Groupama 3 is a French maxi-multihull sailing yacht designed for transoceanic record-setting. It is one of the fastest ocean-going sailing vessels in the world, and is the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy. It is skippered by the French yachtsman Franck Cammas, with a crew of ten. It is sponsored by the French insurance company Groupama.
Groupama 3 was the transatlantic record holder between 2007 and 2009.
- Built in : 2006
- Architects : Marc Van Peteghem / Vincent Lauriot-Prévost
- Type : Maxi-multihull
- Built by : Multiplast
- Length : 31,50 m (103 ft)
- Width : 22,50 m (74 ft)
- Displacement : 18 tons
- Mast height: 41 m (134 ft)
- Sails : 557 m² / 828 m²
- Crew: 10
Jules Verne Trophy
During a first attempt for the Jules Verne Trophy (circumnavigation of the world) in 2008, Groupama 3 capsized off the coasts of New-Zealand.
It was repaired in France and went for another attempt in 2009. Damage to the port hull led to the attempt being called off after 11 days, and the boat limped into Capetown for repairs. It then returned to France, and set off again on January 31st 2010.
On March 20th 2010, the French trimaran became the fastest boat to sail around the world and now holds the record of 48 days, 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds improving on arch rival Bruno Peyron's performance by more than 2 days.
- Jules Verne Trophy (circumnavigation of the world), 48 days, 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds.
- Trans-Mediterranean (Marseille-Carthage), 458 miles, in 17 hours 8 minutes 23 seconds, the 16th may 2009 with an average speed of 26,04 knots.
- Route of the discovery (Cadix-San Salvador), 3884 miles, in 7 days 10 hours 58 minutes 53 seconds, the 4th of june 2007, with an average speed of 21.7 knots.
- Miami-New-York, 947 miles, in 1 day 11 hours 5 minutes and 20 seconds, the 4th of june 2007, with an average speed of 27 knots.
- Transatlantic record (Ambrose Light to Ushant), in 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes 54 seconds, with an average speed of 29,81 knots, in 2007. The record passed to Pascal Bidegorry on Banque Populaire V in August 2009.
- 24 hour distance record on 20th of July 2007 during their transatlantic attempt, and held the record until it was bettered by Pascal Bidegorry on Banque Populaire V in August 2009.