Around the world in 40 days: the crew of Spindrift 2 will try to win the prize of Jules Verne

Based in France , the Spindrift Racing team went to the start of his round-the-world nonstop travel by the 40-metre Maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2. A crew of 12 sailors waited for suitable weather conditions from November 5: to complete the route in less than a record 40 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes and get the Jules Verne Trophy, it is very important to be able to reach the equator at least five days. If it succeeds, the next goal of the team is task to go around the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) approximately 12 days after launch.

“We expect that will come out of the dock in Brest on Tuesday afternoon to walk to wassana and cross the starting line there between midnight and three o’clock in the morning on Wednesday,” said skipper Ian team (Yann Guichard).

The previous record was set in 2017 Frenchman Francis Guaiana (Francis Joyon). The current start — the fourth attempt to Spindrift Jules Verne Trophy. At the end of 2017 or early 2018 team as well as now, from the beginning of November were waiting for suitable conditions. On 8 January, the trimaran has finally left was from Brest, but a few hours later, the team ordered to return to port. 15 January during the new transition to the starting line with winds of 30 knots and boat speed of 15-18 knots, the trimaran’s mast suddenly fell on the leeward side. The crew was not injured, but Spindrift 2 has had to be towed back to Brest.

The ensuing extra year of preparation for the voyage consisted, oddly enough, even a joint climb of the crew on the Mont Blanc.

So a team of land-based simulated environment in which they will have to visit during the voyage: isolation from the outside world and serious exercise, combined with the realization of the ambitious goal to achieve which is possible only by working together.

“We are on Board a 12 instead of 14 in 2015 (during the first attempt to set a record, approx. itBoat), but the mast down. When wind less than 20 knots we less effective on a full course, so we need stable weather conditions is a little easier to transition. On paper our trimaran the same potential as mnogoyarusnyi of Guyana and may, under certain conditions and the same weather as he does, we will be able to break the record. But this is if the stars line up,” says Guichard before the new start.

The prize of the Jules Verne crew that is faster than anyone else, will pass around the world on a boat sailing without using the motor, was invented in 1985. The rules formulated five years later — in 1990 — do not limit participants to any type of boat or the crew. Contenders for the record can’t do on the way stop and to get outside assistance (except advice of the coastal expert, watching the weather).
The first winner of the prize in 1993, Frenchman Bruno Peyron (Bruno Peyron) which “improves” time is the hero of the novel by Jules Verne Phileas Fogg for a few hours: to voyage under sail took him 79 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes and 56 seconds.

The prize is stored in the showcase National Maritime Museum in Paris and left it only to the previous record-holder passed it from hand to hand to the next winner.

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