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Back on standby for Jules Verne Trophy

Published on November 22nd, 2019

(November 22, 2019) – Yann Guichard and his crew will be back on standby early next week, awaiting a favorable weather window to set sail on their third Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. The current record time to complete the round the world course is 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds set by Francis Joyon on IDEC SPORT in 2017.

Since October 29, the team had been focused exclusively on repairing the 40m trimaran Spindrift 2’s rudder ever since a problem was detected while training offshore.

“We have experienced another race against the clock, as for the past 3 weeks, we have been focused exclusively on finding solutions to fix the multihull’s rudder,” said Guichard. “But we’re now ready to set sail, and our eyes are turned on the weather forecasts. Our standby is extended until mid December.”

If the weather conditions along the route are favorable, the record time is an achievable goal. “We would like to be a day ahead of the record by the time we reach the Indian Ocean,” explained Guichard. “Francis Joyon crossed this stretch of ocean in a record time and it will be difficult to beat.”

 

Crew list:
Yann Guichard – skipper
Erwan Israël – navigator
Jacques Guichard – watch leader / helm
Jackson Bouttell – helm / bow
Thierry Chabagny – helm
Grégory Gendron – helm
Xavier Revil – watch leader / helm
Corentin Horeau – helm / bow
François Morvan – helm
Duncan Späth – helm
Erwan Le Roux – watch leader / helm
Benjamin Schwartz – helm / bow


The rules for the Jules Verne Trophy are simple – it is for the fastest time around the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew, starting and finishing from the exact line between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the tip of Brittany and the Lizard Point in Cornwall. It was first won in 1993, with all nine winners as either catamarans or trimarans. The current challenge is to beat the record time of 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds set by Francis Joyon on IDEC SPORT in 2017.

Record Facts
• Start and finish: a line between Créac’h lighthouse (Isle of Ushant) and Lizard Point (England)
• Course: non-stop around-the-world tour racing without outside assistance via the three Capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn)
• Minimum distance: 21,600 nautical miles (40,000 kilometres)
• Ratification: World Sailing Speed Record Council, www.sailspeedrecords.com
• Time to beat: 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds
• Average speed: 21.96 knots
• Date of current record: January 2017
• Holder: IDEC SPORT, Francis Joyon and a 5-man crew

Here are the nine that have held the trophy:
2017 – Francis Joyon / IDEC SPORT (31.5m) – 40:23:30:30
2012 – Loïck Peyron / Banque Populaire V (40m) – 45:13:42:53
2010 – Franck Cammas / Groupama 3 (31.5m) – 48:07:44:52
2005 – Bruno Peyron / Orange II (36.8m) – 50:16:20:04
2004 – Olivier De Kersauson / Geronimo (33.8m) – 63:13:59:46
2002 – Bruno Peyron / Orange (32.8m) – 64:08:37:24
1997 – Olivier De Kersauson / Sport-Elec (27.3m) – 71:14:22:08
1994 – Peter Blake, Robin Knox-Johnston / Enza New Zealand (28m) – 74:22:17:22
1993 – Bruno Peyron / Commodore Explorer (28m) – 79:06:15:56

Source: Spindrift Racing

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