December 5, 2019
Guichara is haunted by evil rock!
Yesterday, shortly before midnight Moscow time, skipper Yann Guichard decided to stop the race around the world and sent the 40-meter max-trimaran Spindrift 2 back – towards France. The reason is a steering breakdown that prevents the continuation of the attempt to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy.
It seems that Guichara is indeed pursuing evil rock. He again and again tries to improve the record of round-the-world races – and each time he is defeated. Here is a list of these failures.
In 2016, Spindrift 2 stopped the race when only 2,600 miles were left before the finish – because of the massive anticyclone that would have to be circumvented.
A new attempt was originally scheduled for November 2017. But meteorologists constantly postponed the start, which in the end was given only on January 6, 2018. However, at the very beginning of the journey, the mast fell at the trimaran.
Another attempt failed on February 1 of this year, when 1,200 nautical miles from Cape Lewin in the Southern Ocean, Spindrift 2 damaged the right-hand drive. It is worth noting that all 16 days that the trimaran was on the road, he was significantly ahead of the record schedule of the skipper Zhuillon.
And now all the preparations have again gone down the drain – and at the very beginning of the journey. Spindrift 2 managed to overcome only 703 nautical miles …
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