Jules Verne: Slow road to Australia
Published on January 31st, 2019
(January 31, 2019; Day 16) – The 12-men on the 40m Spindrift 2 are losing time in the Indian Ocean as they pursue the around the world Jules Verne Trophy. Unable to hold a direct course to the east, several gybes have reduced their advantage over the record pace down to 233 nm (as of 21:00 UTC). With 2500 nm to go before passing Australia’s Cape Leeuwin, the team must negotiate a ridge that could slow their progress further.
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