Follow Spindrift 2 In Her Round-The-World Journey
Published: Friday, 06 November 2015
Currently on standby for the right weather to start their Jules Verne Trophy record challenge, Skippers and Co-founders Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard along with the Spindrift 2 crew, will sail around-the-world in an effort to break the current record of 45 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes.
The record they will try to beat was set by Loïck Pevron and his crew in 2012 on Banque Populaire V, which was renamed Spindrift 2 a year later.
The French-Swiss team decided to use the same 40-metre trimaran because they believed that the boat could be further optimised. After countless hours of work at the boatyard and 40,000 nautical miles of racing and training, the crew is now set to go.
The team officially went on stand-by on October 19, awaiting an ideal weather window.
Those interested in following the record attempt from start to finish are now able to do so through a smartphone, tablet, or computer on the crew’s dedicated website.
The website will be the place to go for daily updates during the around-the-world tour. The logbook will contain messages, photos and videos sent by the crew. Various experts will regularly shed light on the record, while the team’s onshore router Jean-Yves Bernot will provide several illustrated weather reports. Finally, once a week, a live video link will provide an even closer experience of life on board.
A map will go online as soon as the boat starts the record attempt and will be updated every 15 minutes, allowing visitors to follow the progress of Spindrift 2 around the world. The map is compatible with all screen types, and can be viewed in standard view, Google Maps or Google Earth.
One dashboard will show the current race time, the lead or deficit with the current record, the distance covered, the average speed, and the trimaran’s sail plan. The other provides the main environmental data such as the general weather situation, the wind speed and direction, and the air and water temperatures.