For almost a month and a half the crew of the giant trimaran Spindrift 2 (ship length – 40 meters!) waiting for the sea weather, to enter the race for the Jules Verne Trophy. But so far to no avail.
Favorable weather window that would allow to reach the equator for 7-8 days, is still there. The crew of 12 people, led by skipper Ian Team no choice but to wait. But how long will it last?
In recent months I Yacht Russia appeared on the Network many new readers, so explain to them, and the rest just in case we recall that the “Trophy Jules Verne” handed to the captain, who set a new record non-stop circumnavigation under sail exclusively and without assistance (subject to a number of other conditions – for example, the notorious Steve Fossett set the record, but the winner of the prize did not become).
With last year’s achievement and, consequently, the trophy belongs to Guyana Francis: together with his team he Maxi-trimaran IDEC Sport took around the planet for 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds.
By the way, Spindrift 2 at the time also had a direct relationship to the Jules Verne Trophy. In 2012, when the monster trimaran had a different name – Banque Populaire V – Leuk, Paran walked on it around the world in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds. But since then – as cut off. The overall impression that with the change of owners and of the captain of the luck from the ship turned away.
In recent years Yann Guichard have repeatedly tried to install on Spindrift 2 is new record, only here each time unsuccessfully. So, in January of this year already in the beginning of the trimaran mast fell…
I want to believe that the huge work on the preparation of Spindrift 2 and commands to the world will eventually bear fruit, and Guichard will be the holder of the trophy, which for so long dreamed of. But while he’s waiting for. The sea weather.
And on the other side of the English channel in those days anxious waiting for the Englishman Alex Ellie. He also needs favorable weather window: Ellie wants to install Pixel Flyer a new world record circumnavigation for a 40-foot yacht. Current achievement in 2013 belongs to the Chinese Guo Chuan – 137 days, 20 hours, 1 minute and 57 seconds.
Maybe the yachtsmen finally get lucky?
What do you think?