Born in Nantes in 1828, Jules Verne was fascinated by the sea and travel, but it was through his novels that this son of a ship owner would live out his most amazing adventures. Written in 1863, “Five Weeks in a Balloon” was the first of the 62 novels that made up his famous series of “Extraordinary Voyages”. The industrial revolution fascinated the author, who provided adventurous plot twists and turns for his readers, who dreamed about the Centre of the Earth as well as diving 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne’s imagination knew no limits!
In the early 1990s, sailor Yves Le Cornec dreamed of an around-the-world speed record for crewed sailboats, inspired by Jules Verne’s book. The technology available at the time made it possible to envision a time of less than 80 days. In 1992, he created the Jules Verne Trophy with Florence Arthaud, Titouan Lamazou, Olivier de Kersauson, Bruno Peyron, the New Zealander Peter Blake and Robin Knox-Johnston.