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Brian Thompson has certainly cemented his reputation (as if he needed to) as the most accomplished multihull sailor in UK history with his shared Jules Verne win as the only Brit on Banque Populaire V. He’s smart as hell but humble and humorous, and we’re excited for the opportunity to sit down with Brian for a Skype chat on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

Post your questions here about the Jules Verne run, BT’s upcoming Vendee, or his thoughts on anything – because this guy’s done it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Does BT speak French? Were there communications barriers, or anything worth noting arising from different cultural (national and sailing culture) backgrounds? Stan Honey was the token anglophone on the Groupama run, he had some amusing remarks on this issue.

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OK here is another one. Watching the vids from the last couple of days of the voyage, I was amazed how relaxed and rested everyone looked. They were working hard, but did not seem particularly stressed, or haggard, or exhausted. How did their real fatigue level compare to say, a typical Volvo leg? Amateurs doing CA to Hawaii races are often really wiped out after only 12 -13 days!

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Why did they cross the finish line at the Ushant end when the Lizard end was closer?

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How many people were involved in the strategic navigation decisions? Obviously there was Marcel ashore, then Juan and Loick on board, who else?

 

How long do you spen driving in one stint?

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Thanks guys, and please keep them coming! Just moved it to tomorrow, as today Brian is traveling from Paris right after he finishes with the TV folks.

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Does he know if Banque Populaire is planning to keep the boat up to snuff for another attempt next year or the year after? If yes, who will be the skipper? In other words, was it a one time stint from Loick Peyron with BP? Would he want to be part of it again... (knowing that the guy has already done 4 non-stop RTW races/records, either he will never get tired of it.... or he now wants to do something else...)

 

If BP does NOT plan to try again, hoping for better weather, does it mean that the boat is for sale?... (No, my credit card account is not big enough...)

 

Was does HE think the boat that will break this record in the future will look like? Even bigger? Foiler? Other?

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This is your third lap on a maxi multi. Apart from the additional hull what was the major difference between Cheyenne, Doha and BP?

 

Any thoughts on the fact that Cheyenne did not get the Jules Verne despite completing the course faster than Geronimo?

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How do you sail the boat? I.e., how much trimming goes on, compared to having the sheets/traveller held, and the boat steered to the current trim? Do you need to get the standby watch on deck everytime you want a grind?

 

 

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Frenchies often take a young gun onboard, while most anglosaxons would send a full pro team with maximum experience.

Is it a positive effect, as the young gun is greedy etc...

 

Can you still enjoy a leisurely cruise on a 40 ft bathtub, or is it to slow an experience...

 

How was the 23 hour daylight looking for growlers experience ?

 

Cheers and congrats, Leo Voorneveld,

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It appeared that the ice field in the Pacific was the major hurdle that kept this run from going sub 40 days. With the size of the ice shelf that sheared off to create this field, do you believe that the door is closed on significant gains on the record until this field disipates?

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There was a lot of talk about keeping the speeds down, to make sure there were no structural issues, how much was being held back 10/15/20%? Given Loick comments about the lack of crazing on the arms do you feel you could have pushed any harder?

 

Looking forward, how are the plans for a Vendee challenge coming along? The exposure from this trip must be helping, although perhaps a bit soon after, any interest from potential sponsors, in particular any UK based?

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Given the right conditions does Brian think BP5 could cover 1000 miles in 24 hours (average speed of 41.6 knots) ?

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Good questions Potter. +1

 

Hi Brian,

 

With the current generation of Jules Verne contenders (Orange2, Groupama3, BanquePopulaireV), and a bit more luck with the weather, you might bring the record down to about 42 days (you can't draw aces all the time with the wind). In your opinion for a successful bid at under 40-days do you need to go to a bigger version of BPV or smaller like G3 with better capabilities to break through the transition zones?

 

Congratulations,

Mark

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I know that Loick has talked recently about flying above the waves as a possible next step up from this new record in a semi-conventional (but very large) tri with foil assist - and also that he has in the past published sketches in V et V of his ideas of a maxi foiler - could you/he enlarge on this? Cheers.

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We're talking at 1200 EST so if you think of any more good ones please post them here!

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How long does it take before you stop waking up every 4 hours?

 

Can you just start scoffing rich food as soon as you come ashore, or do you have to be weaned off of that freeze dried stuff?

 

Paul

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When starting this adventure, I'm sure that you had some expectations, what was your biggest suprise?

 

What memories will you treasure from this journey?

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How long does it take before you stop waking up every 4 hours?

 

Can you just start scoffing rich food as soon as you come ashore, or do you have to be weaned off of that freeze dried stuff?

 

Paul

 

Brian mentioned yesterday that his first 'real food' since stepping ashore was a clementine and bread with just butter...guess it's the simple things. And yeah, ya bum takes a while to catch up whilst going onto freeze dried, although adding Olive oil is a good way to stay 'lubricated', coming off it and going straight to real food is tasty but can catch you unaware in the first few days, just keep a clear run to the head and avoid spicy foods!

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Clean, can you please post th audio so we all have something to listen to flying to Kw?

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Yeah I can do that mate. Finishing up the clip now. almost an hour and all of it good.

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Yeah I can do that mate. Finishing up the clip now. almost an hour and all of it good.

 

Sweet

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Link to download page. Embedded below.

 

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In the past I've always thought you were a shit interviewer, but you did a fantastic conversation here with Brian.

Thanks.

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Thanks for the interview.

Really enjoyed it on my long bus trip.

mp3 file was great.

 

But I must say that you do very little editing :D (or I must say none)

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Thanks Mr Clean, great interview. I have been travelling so missed the opportunity to post some questions but one in particular should have been asked. Umpire's about the closer end of the finish line! Lizard end was about 60nm closer so did'nt they care or was going to the Ushant end better for the sponsors, and the PR machine. Even at 30kts thats still an extra 2 hours. Also re the 24 hour record, which was asked, surely if she has done a 908nm 24 hour then the 1000 is possible and even the 1nm record could be done surfing 1 wave at the appropriate angle.

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Thanks Mr Clean, great interview. I have been travelling so missed the opportunity to post some questions but one in particular should have been asked. Umpire's about the closer end of the finish line! Lizard end was about 60nm closer so did'nt they care or was going to the Ushant end better for the sponsors, and the PR machine. Even at 30kts thats still an extra 2 hours. Also re the 24 hour record, which was asked, surely if she has done a 908nm 24 hour then the 1000 is possible and even the 1nm record could be done surfing 1 wave at the appropriate angle.

 

From what Brian said I think that you have guessed the answer to the finish.

2 quotes form Brian - 'We were not ogin for the fastest possible time, but for the Jules Verne'

and 'Banque Populaire do not operate outside France so there is no benfit to them in promoting outside of the country'

 

Thus, a few hours extra on the record was nothing important, but finishing near france was...

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Good answers from Brian...but I do NOT work for Alex... :angry::rolleyes:

 

My bad dude. Apologies. Not sure why i got that impression...did you work for Dee?

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Thanks Mr Clean, great interview. I have been travelling so missed the opportunity to post some questions but one in particular should have been asked. Umpire's about the closer end of the finish line! Lizard end was about 60nm closer so did'nt they care or was going to the Ushant end better for the sponsors, and the PR machine. Even at 30kts thats still an extra 2 hours. Also re the 24 hour record, which was asked, surely if she has done a 908nm 24 hour then the 1000 is possible and even the 1nm record could be done surfing 1 wave at the appropriate angle.

 

Sorry trimariner - once we hit the one-hour mark I had to cut the questions, so my apologies. I think Potter's got it though, without question.

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Thanks for the interview.

Really enjoyed it on my long bus trip.

mp3 file was great.

 

But I must say that you do very little editing :D (or I must say none)

 

Actually I edited out about 14 minutes, but only in big chunks.

 

But it doesn't matter - the only way to get a one hour interview published the same day online in both audio and video formats is to not be too picky about your editing (or to spend thousands on multiple editors to keep the time down). I could make it great if I had another four days - but I don't!

 

Glad you enjoyed.

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Good answers from Brian...but I do NOT work for Alex... :angry::rolleyes:

 

My bad dude. Apologies. Not sure why i got that impression...did you work for Dee?

 

I think you'll find he still does Clean...Hi to the Boss Potter! ;)

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Thanks Mr Clean, great interview. I have been travelling so missed the opportunity to post some questions but one in particular should have been asked. Umpire's about the closer end of the finish line! Lizard end was about 60nm closer so did'nt they care or was going to the Ushant end better for the sponsors, and the PR machine. Even at 30kts thats still an extra 2 hours. Also re the 24 hour record, which was asked, surely if she has done a 908nm 24 hour then the 1000 is possible and even the 1nm record could be done surfing 1 wave at the appropriate angle.

 

From what Brian said I think that you have guessed the answer to the finish.

2 quotes form Brian - 'We were not ogin for the fastest possible time, but for the Jules Verne'

and 'Banque Populaire do not operate outside France so there is no benfit to them in promoting outside of the country'

 

Thus, a few hours extra on the record was nothing important, but finishing near france was...

 

I have looked at bit further into it and while the Jules Verne rules are "a line between Creac'h light-house and the Lizard" the WSSRC rules are different:

To sail around the World, a vessel must start from and return to the same point, must cross all meridians of longitude and must cross the Equator. It may cross some but not all meridians more than once (i.e. two roundings of Antarctica do not count). The shortest orthodromic track of the vessel must be at least 21,600 nautical miles in length calculated based on a 'perfect sphere'. In calculating this distance, it is to be assumed that the vessel will sail around Antarctica in latitude 63 degrees south.

 

While Helen McA, having left from the Lizard, could go back to the Lizard, BPV having left from the Créac'h end had to go there, for the WSSRC if not not for the JVT !

 

Thks Clean for the ITW

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It's great when someone pauses after being asked a question, it means that they have paid attention and want to give a decent informative answer - rather than just spouting off what they want everyone to hear.

 

Brian comes over as very genuine

 

Good work Clean

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Very interesting and deep interview. That's unusual enough in todays media to notice!

 

Brian really seems a good guy, and I wish him all the best in finding a sponsor for the next Vendee. Maybe he should look at French large companies in the UK trying very hard to be more "british". Like EDF Energy for instance

 

 

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So, they could open up the Jules Verne Trophy to POWERBOATS!

 

That would be a good PR stunt for sailing

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So, they could open up the Jules Verne Trophy to POWERBOATS!

 

That would be a good PR stunt for sailing

 

only if you have a really long and complicated set of rules that ban things like hydraulic rams for canting keels, or powered winches. ie no hybrids! either all out sailing or all out powerboating

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I really liked the interview as well. Good questions and conversation that gave a sense of really knowing the guy and getting some insight into round the world record breaking. Can you get Loic Peyron next, Clean? Seems like a pretty incredible guy. I liked the comments Brian made about him pushing to slow the boat down rather than take risks as well as the comments on being a "Jedi master."

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