Published: Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The trimaran Spindrift 2 has departed from Ushant Island, France for the start of her crewed non-stop circumnavigation in the Jules Verne Trophy record challenge. 

Spindrift 2 Departs On 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.

Loïck Pevron and his crew hold the current record on Banque Populaire V, later renamed Spindrift 2.

Yann Guichard spoke on the radio during the night, just after crossing the line: “We don’t have much wind at the moment – eight to 10 knots. The sea conditions are not easy because there is a strong current, but the wind will pick up strength, reaching around 30 knots in the Bay of Biscay. So, it’s a steady start at 15-18 knots. We’re delighted to have crossed the line on November 22nd, the same date that Loïck Peyron and his crew started their record, so I hope it’s a good omen for us. Right now, we’re all out on deck, manoeuvring the boat to get away from Ushant Island as quickly as possible so we can pick up some stronger, more consistent winds.”

To beat the record, Spindrift 2 must return to Ushant before 17:43:51 GMT on January 6th, 2016, one minute quicker than the previous time, as per the WSSRC rules.

Spindrift 2 Departs On Jules Verne Trophy Record Challenge 2

Between now and then, the 14 sailors must sail around the world via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn) on the world’s largest racing trimaran.

Onshore router Jean-Yves Bernot will support the crew by operating throughout the day from his headquarters near La Rochelle, France. Jean-Yves will keep a close eye on the boat and on the latest weather updates, which will allow him to work with Guichard and onboard navigator Erwan Israel to identify the best route to follow.

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 able to do so through a smartphone, tablet, or computer on the crew’s dedicated website. Photos, messages, videos, as well as environmental data and distance covered will be posted regularly on the site.