Spindrift prepares for Jules Verne Trophy round-the-world record attempt

After analysing the latest weather files this morning, Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their team confirmed a start from Ushant in the next 24 hours on their round-the-world record attempt for the Jules Verne Trophy (the time to beat: 45 days, 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds). The wind is currently blowing at over 120 km/hour (75mph) at Pointe Bretagne with 5-metre waves. The skipper and the routing experts are now refining when the team will cast off from Brest (Malbert’s quay), but the likelihood is that the trimaran will cross the startline tonight.

Yann Guichard: “This is a good window and we can’t let it pass. We’ve decided to leave Brest in the next few hours with a start on the round-the-world imminent sometime in the night from Saturday to Sunday. The North Atlantic descent will be fast – around five days to the equator. The conditions in the Bay of Biscay and during the first 36 hours will be really difficult. It’s going to make it fast downwind and that’s what we were looking for.”

Dona Bertarelli: “We went to code green after seeing the latest weather file this morning, with a start tonight in tough conditions. We'll have to look after body and boat. There are still some uncertainties in the South Atlantic, where the weather models differ slightly, but we’re seizing our chance because we can’t ignore a window like this.”


Start and finish: a line between Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant island) and Lizard Point (England)

Course: non-stop around-the-world tour travelling without outside assistance via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn)

Minimum distance: 21,600 nautical miles (40,000 kilometres)

Ratification: World Sailing Speed Record Council, www.sailspeedrecords.com

Time to beat: 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds

Average speed: 19.75 knots

Date of current record: January 2012

Holder: Banque Populaire V, Loïck Peyron and a 13-man crew

Stand-by start date for Spindrift 2: October 19th, 2015 


Yann Guichard, skipper

Dona Bertarelli, helmsman-trimmer

Sébastien Audigane, helmsman-trimmer

Antoine Carraz, helmsman-trimmer

Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, helmsman-trimmer

Christophe Espagnon, helmsman-bowman

Jacques Guichard, helmsman-trimmer

Erwan Israël, navigator

Loïc Le Mignon, helmsman-trimmer

Sébastien Marsset, bowman

François Morvan, helmsman-trimmer

Xavier Revil, helmsman-trimmer

Yann Riou, onboard reporter

Thomas Rouxel, helmsman-bowman

Jean-Yves Bernot, onshore router

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