On March 21, skipper Franck Cammas and his crew onboard the 103 foot, maxi-triamaran Groupama 3, set a new around-the-world sailing record by completing the voyage in just over 48 days. This is the seventh time the record has been set, in pursuit of what is called the Jules Verne trophy, in recognition of his 1873 novel in which Phileas Fogg attempts to circle the globe in 80 days, using all means of transport.
In a post on Sailing Anarchy titled Why sailing feats matter, author Nicholas Hayes talks about some of what made this remarkable feat possible - that the team "did everything that they had to do, and nothing that they didn't." He explains that they focused on two key needs: light and smart.
- Light simply means efficient, sustainable, powerful, safe and durable.
- Smart simply means aware, logical, and practical.
- Together, light and smart sum to fast, agile, confident and bold.
Designers and design teams could do worse than analyzing how this group were able to accomplish their task, and take some lessons in communications and teamwork to achieve what otherwise appears impossible.
Thanks to Dale Raymond for the tip!