January 17, 2019
For 24 hours – 719 nautical miles
The first day of the round-the-world non-stop race of the 40-meter maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 with skipper Jan Guichard ended.
Starting 24 hours – since the intersection of the conditional line between the French island of Ushant and the English Cape Lizard – were more than successful for the crew of Spindrift 2. During this time, the trimaran overcame 719 nautical miles at an average speed of 30 knots and is ahead of the schedule of the current Jules Verne Trophy holder, Francis Juillon, on IDEC-SPORT (his record, we recall, 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds) – by 133 miles away
For two and a half months, meteorologists Spindrift 2 and coast navigator Jean-Yves Bernaud waited for the most favorable conditions for the start. They waited! According to forecasts, Spindrift 2 can even reach the equator in less than five days. It is difficult to say what the weather situation will be after this, but there is a chance that the Guichard team will cross the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope in less than 12 days. It took Juion and Co for this 12 days 21 hours and 22 minutes.
It must be admitted that among those who are now watching the swimming of Spindrift 2, there are a lot of skeptics. They remember, not without pleasure, that Guichard tried to get Jules Verne Trophy three times already, but each time he suffered a fiasco.
In 2016, Spindrift 2 stopped the race when only 2600 miles remained to the finish line, because of the massive anticyclone that would have to be bypassed around the edge. Guichard made a second attempt in early January last year, but within a few hours after the start he gave the command to return to the port. Finally, after a few more days, Spindrift 2 took off again, however, on the very first day of the race, it lost the mast …
By the way, now the mast of Spindrift 2 is somewhat shorter than it was a year ago, besides the trimaran has become lighter, and now the crew consists of 12 people (before it was 14). Thanks to this, according to Gishara, Spindrift 2 has become faster.
Information for consideration: Juiona's IDEC-SPORT walked around the world at an average speed of 22.84 knots.
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