Alexia Barrier’s Famous Project initiative will bring together an all-female crew from around the world, breaking the previous all-male record held by Jules Verne.
Wipro will equip the vessel with digital twin technology to track and improve its performance.
Paris, East Brunswick, N.J., and Bangalore, India – (BUSINESS WIRE) –$WIPRO #oceanhealth– Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading technology services and consulting company, announces its partnership with The Famous Project, a sailing challenge, Bringing together the best female professional sailors from around the world. Jules Verne Trophy; This is a prestigious award that recognizes the fastest circumnavigation of the world and is considered one of the world’s most difficult oceanographic challenges.
The Famous Project crew is led by renowned offshore skipper Alexia Barrier (FRA), who has circumnavigated the globe 10 times during her 20-year career and in 2021 completed and participated in the iconic solo non-stop Vendée Globe He crossed the Atlantic no less than 18 times during the race.
Her co-captain is Dee Caffari (UK), a record-breaking circumnavigation sailor who has sailed around the world six times and is the only woman to circumnavigate the globe solo in both directions.
The crew currently training and racing with Alexia and Dee are:
Helena Darvelid (Sweden), 12 world speed sailing records
Sara Hastreiter (USA), globe-trotting sailor and mountain explorer
Elodie Jane Mettraux (SUI), leading multihull specialist
Joan Mulloy (IRL), offshore solo specialist
Marie Riou (France), Ocean Race Champion
Marie Tabarly (France), Captain Pen Duick VI
Completing the Jules Verne Trophy challenge with an all-female crew would be a world first.
To date, no female team has challenged the trophy worldwide, nor have any women been part of a team that conquered the legendary Jules Verne trophy.
Thierry Delaporte, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Wipro Limited, said: “The Famous Project is the first of its kind and therefore unique. This all-female crew of professional sailors will make history and pave the way for more history. We are proud to support this An extraordinary project that embodies Wipro’s bold and ambitious spirit.”
In the race against time, every second counts, Wipro’s technology will provide data insights and real-time monitoring, bringing contextual information to prompt crew members to make certain adjustments on board or in their daily routine to improve their performance .
It has always been Barrier’s mission to be passionate, competitive and challenge ourselves; to inspire others, especially women, to follow their dreams and be heard; and to raise awareness of environmental issues. This ethos is reflected in The Famous Project’s key goals, which include:
Breaking the record for the fastest manned around-the-world flight; the current record was set by French captain Francis Joyon and his all-male crew in 2017, taking 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds;
Set a world record for an all-female crew;
Collect ocean health data for scientific research;
Develop an environmental protection education plan.
Alexia Barrier, captain of the famous project, ” said: “The prestigious project is more than just a sporting event, it is an opportunity for us to address global challenges and promote education about the importance of ocean health. Wipro, as a company and a global community, shares our values: taking on big challenges and performing at the highest level, while knowing how to look after each other and respect our planet. Speaking on behalf of the entire team at The Famous Project, we are extremely proud to be a part of this family and work together on this dream challenge. “
To prepare for their attempt, the team will begin a training program in which they will compete in several races and break the record before beginning the record attempt in October 2025. The crew will be aboard the 100-foot Ultime trimaran IDEC Sport, the boat that currently holds Jules Verne’s record.
Wipro joined CIC as a founding partner of the project, with IDEC as an official partner.
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