44-year-old French skipper once again tries to realize his dream – to set a world record round the world race and get the Jules Verne Trophy.
D – day next Monday, November 5, noon. Since then, the crew of the 40-metre Maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, led the Ian Team will be in full combat readiness in the French Brest – based on the team Spindrift Racing . And when you receive “good” from the meteorologists will travel to the race around the world.
As already mentioned, Jules Verne Trophy – an old dream Guichard. However, he is still unlucky. In 1916, Spindrift 2 has stopped the race when the finish line was only 2600 miles – because of the massive anticyclone that’d have to go over the edge.
A new attempt was originally scheduled for November last year. But meteorologists constantly postponed the launch, and a crew of 12 people (including the participants of the round-the-world races, Competitions and cups “America”) nearly two months in literally waiting for the sea weather. The start was given on 6 January of this year. However, after 12 hours, the team decided to return to Brest. Weather conditions on the first leg of the race was much worse than expected and would not let Spindrift 2 meet the equator at the right speed.
And now attempt number 3. Recall that the 40-metre trimaran was designed by the French VPLP design company in 2006 and originally bore the name of Banque Populaire V. In 2012 the team under the leadership of Leuk of Parana established the world record round the world race – 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
Now the record (and, hence, the Jules Verne Trophy) belongs to Francis Guiana that on the trimaran IDEC SPORT was held around the world in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds.
And the last one. Interestingly, in October the crew of Spindrift 2 to strengthen the morale and unity of the team held a gathering in the Alps and made a group ascent of Mont Blanc (4810 meters).
Well, now rallied the Team and To expect a very different test. Will follow. And, of course, good luck!