Spindrift 2: The Third Ocean
Published on December 12th, 2015
(December 12, 2015; Day 21) – The 40m maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2’s crew has entered the Pacific, crossing the longitude of South East Cape, the southernmost tip Tasmania, on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Spindrift 2 finished with the Indian Ocean and began the crossing of the third ocean of this voyage around the world.
The Pacific Ocean promises to be complicated as the weather conditions are difficult to predict for the moment. A road north, a road south or something in between? The team still doesn’t know what is ahead of them. One thing remains certain: they have to get to Cape Horn as fast as they can in order to accumulate as big a lead as possible over Banque Populaire V, before the climb back up the Atlantic.
As of 2100 UTC
Distance to finish: 11397.5 nm
Distance for 24 hours: 728.2 nm
Distance ahead of record: -30.8 nm
Source: Spindrift 2
Background: Spindrift 2 is seeking to claim the Jules Verne Trophy, a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew, starting and finishing between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the tip of Brittany and the Lizard Point in Cornwall.
Yann Guichard (FRA), skippering the 40 VPLP-designed trimaran, crossed the start line on November 22 at 04:01:58 GMT, and his 14-man team must return by 17:43:51 UTC on January 6, 2016 to beat the current record set January 2012 by Loïck Peyron and his crew on Banque Populaire 5 of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
Spindrift 2 was originally launched in 2008 as Banque Populaire 5.
MORE: Also starting on November 22 (at 02:02:22 GMT) for an attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy was Francis Joyon (FRA), skippering the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT. The 6-person team must return by 15:44:15 GMT on January 6, 2016 to beat the record. Here’s a tracker showing both teams: http://volodiaja.net/Tracking/
SPINDRIFT 2 CREW:
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, media reporter
Thomas Rouxel, helmsman-bowman
Jean-Yves Bernot, onshore router