Sailing doesn't get any more pure than the Jules Verne. No real rules, no limits. Just racing non-stop, as fast as possible, on a full circumnavigation of the globe. Naturally, since multihulls and adventure—not to mention the French science-fiction author—are involved, the French are passionate about the Jules Verne, and French sailors dominate the disciple. Since Bruno Peyron first managed a sub-80 day circumnavigation in 1993, Robin Knox-Johnston and Peter Blake have been the only Anglos to interrupt the French record parade. Steve Fossett completed a record circumnavigation in 2004 but was denied the JV trophy because he refused to pay the entry fee. In the last two decades, the record time has dropped by 40 percent. The current JV record, set by Franck Cammas and the crew of Groupama 3 in 2010, stands at 48 days, 7 hours.