Jules Verne: Increasing the Lead
Published on January 27th, 2019
(January 27, 2019; Day 12) – The team on the 40 m trimaran Spindrift 2 finds themselves in the southern Atlantic, having made the turn to the east. Skipper Yann Guichard and his 11 crew trying to break the Jules Verne Trophy record made the right turn to start heading towards the Cape of Good Hope. The next step is to move to the tip of South Africa in just over two days. As of 20:00 UTC, the team has increased it’s lead over the record holder, Francis Joyon (IDEC Sport), to 394nm.
CREW OF SPINDRIFT 2:
Yann Guichard – skipper
Erwan Israël – navigator
Jacques Guichard – watch leader / helm
Christophe Espagnon – watch leader / helm
Xavier Revil – watch leader / helm
François Morvan – helm
Thierry Chabagny – helm
Sam Goodchild – helm / bow
Erwan Le Roux – helm
Duncan Späth – helm
Benjamin Schwartz – helm / bow
Jackson Bouttell – helm / bow
Jean-Yves Bernot – router
The Jules Verne Trophy is 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.
The 12-man crew of the 40 meter trimaran Spindrift 2 led by Yann Guichard began their attempt January 16 at 11h 47min 27sec UTC. To win the Jules Verne Trophy, they have to recross the line by February 26 at 11h 16m 57sec UTC to break the record of 40 days 23h 30m 30s, held since 2017 by Francis Joyon (FRA) and his five crew on the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT.
Source: Spindrift racing