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So what's in a record?


In order to challenge for the Trophy you have first to join the Association 'Tour du monde en 80 jours'. This means paying a joining fee of 30,000 Euros and after that an annual subscription of 11,000 Euros. Steve Fossett refused saying while he was prepared to pay the same as the others challenging, the 30,000 was too much and so his record attempt is under the aegis of the World Speed Sailing Record Council instead, the international authority that ratifies sailing records. So you have the strange situation where Cheyenne might break the record but not win the Jules Verne and Geronimo (and later Orange II) might win the Jules Verne Trophy but not be the official holder of the record.   more...


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