Ocean Magazine : 2 July August 2005
94 | ocean THE YACHTING REPORT seconds she had established a record that could well stand for many years to come. Her World Sailing Speed Record Council ratified time for around Australia was, not surprisingly, 20 days faster than the time set by David Pescud's Lyons 54 monohull, Kaz, in 2003. De Kersauson said his entire team had been enthralled by the voyage and that The Challenge held the potential to become one of the world's great sailing events: "The weather conditions you experience are very unusual compared to anything else in the world because it is not offshore sailing, it is mainly coastal sailing. We were always under the influence of the land. There were a lot of changes, a lot of shifts that kept you very busy, especially because we were sailing so fast and often there were a lot of reefs and islands to navigate around. "But I now hold beautiful memories of this trip. There is nowhere in the world to compare with this course. There is a landscape and a seascape around Australia that is very unique. The colour of the sea up north is not to be found anywhere else. The wind coming off the land is very dry, there is no humidity in the air, and because of this the stars filling the night sky extend all the way horizon. And during the day it was equally beautiful. The colours were superb; like an acrylic painting. This was some of the most beautiful sailing I have ever experienced. "I think as a challenge this event has a very exciting future. It is unlike anything any of us has done before. I will tell as many people as possible that they should come and try to break this record, and if they don't then they are a bunch of sissies. I would certainly do it again." The crew comprising of eight Frenchmen and three Australians. Olivier de Kersauson holding the sydneyaustralia.com trophy. Australia is one of only two of the world's continents (the other being Antarctica) that can be looped under sail, and it was a challenge that de Kersauson had for many years wanted to undertake.
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