'Bruno Peyron has taken us a bit by surprise. The Jules Verne trophy is not ready yet,' Titouan Lamazou, the Frenchman who came up with the idea of the race, said. 'The trophy is a sculpture by the American artist Tom Shannon, who was chosen following a competition by the Ministry of Culture. But he hasn't quite finished it.'
The sculpture, a carved ship floating above a magnetic plaque, will be put on display at the French Maritime Museum with Peyron's name engraved on it, while the circumnavigator himself will have to make do with a replica.
Peyron's 85ft catamaran Commodore Explorer re- crossed the imaginary start and finish line between the Isle of Ushant (off the Brittany coast just north-west of Brest) and the Lizard (on the south-west point of Cornwall) at 19.18 GMT last night, breaking the previous record by 30 days.
That record was held by Lamazou himself, who has now built a 143-foot schooner, and will attempt to reclaim the record at the end of this year. Presumably the trophy will be ready by then.Reuse content