Late on January 6, 2012, French skipper Loick Peyron broke the record for around-the-world sailing, winning the Jules Verne Trophy. The Banque Populaire V crew of 14 sailors arrived in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, and 53 seconds – almost three days faster than the previous record. Jules Verne, author of Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (luh tour due mond ohn catruh vahn joor) (Around the World in 80 Days) would have been amazed at the speed – an average of about 55 miles per hour. Peyron’s three-hulled vessel would have astonished Verne just as much as the speed; it’s as tall and as wide as the Arc de Triomphe. After the obligatory champagne shower, the crew was looking forward to some well-deserved rest. They averaged only two hours of sleep a day for the past six weeks. Now that’s a record I wouldn’t want to tackle!