Two maxi trimarans start Jules Verne Trophy record attempt

Spindrift 2, Picture: © Eloi Stichelbaut/Thierry Martinez

Spindrift 2 racing

Francis Joyon with his crew of five on the big red trimaran IDEC SPORT crossed the start line off Ushant at 02:02:22 on Sunday 22nd November 2015. They will have to return in less than 45 days in order to see their name written on the prestigious Jules Verne Trophy. On the very same day at 4:01:58 GMT, the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2, led by Yann Guichard with a crew of 13, crossed the start line for her non-stop circumnavigation.

Tough time to beat
The two boats are making their descent of the Atlantic at the same time, and should cross the equator in around five days’ time. The record attempt by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard and their crew began four years to the day since the current record-holder, Loïck Peyron, began his attempt. Banque Populaire V set that record at an average speed of 19.75 knots (36.58 km/h) for the theoretical shortest route of 21,600 nautical miles via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn), but they actually travelled 28,965 miles, averaging 26.5 knots (49.08 km/h) over the six weeks. The time set in that impressive performance was 45d 13h 42m 53s, a tough time to beat.

IDEC SPORT trimaran, Picture: © Jean Marie Liot/DPPI/IDEC

Francis Joyon (FRA)
Bernard Stamm (SUI)
Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA)
Alex Pella (ESP)
Clément Surtel (FRA)
Boris Herrmann (GER)

Yann Guichard
Dona Bertarelli
Sébastien Audigane
Antoine Carraz
Thierry Duprey du Vorsent
Christophe Espagnon
Jacques Guichard
Erwan Israël
Loïc Le Mignon
Sébastien Marsset
François Morvan
Xavier Revil
Yann Riou
Thomas Rouxel
Jean-Yves Bernot