January 24, 2019
Guichard slowed down …
The eighth day of the round-the-world odyssey of the 40-meter Spindrift 2 maxi-trimaran with skipper Jan Guichard came to an end.
During these 8 days, Guichard and 11 members of his crew crossed 5249 nautical miles (another 18,044 are to be overcome). And very soon Spindrift 2 will head east – turning to the African continent.
The IDEC-SPORT trimaran with skipper Francis Juillon, who now owns the Jules Verne Trophy, during his record attempt reached the Cape of Good Hope longitude 12 days, 19 hours and 41 minutes after the start of the Around the World. We can assume that Spindrift 2 will do it faster, but how much?
In fact, this is a question. Because in the last day with a little, Guichard lost an impressive part of his advantage over the virtual rival – 171 nautical miles! Spindrift 2 is still ahead with confidence – now it is 405 miles ahead of the IDEC-SPORT schedule, but with each hour the distance between them is getting smaller.
The average speed of Spindrift 2 dropped to 23 knots. For comparison: IDEC-SPORT walked around the world (spending 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds on it) with an average speed of 22.84 knots …
However, in the following day and a half, according to meteorologists, the situation for Guichard and Co. should improve. We believe the predictions?
You can follow the progress of Spindrift 2 on the tracker – https://www.spindrift-racing.com/jules-verne/en/live
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