Jules Verne: Approaching St. Helena High

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(January 23, 2019; Day 8) – Skipper Yann Guichard and his 11 crew continue to descend the South Atlantic on the 40m trimaran Spindrift 2 in their effort to claim the round the world Jules Verne Trophy. The team is dealing with dicey conditions at 24°S as they seek to get past the St. Helena High, but their pace remains good after posting a 598.9 nm day to build their lead over the record to 527 nm (as of 21:00 UTC).

Team details – Tracker – Facebook

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

Background:
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 / sailingscuttlebutt

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