Groupama 3

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Groupama 3 at the harbour, 2008

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.[1]



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