No record for Spindrift 2 and Idec trimarans
They believed in it for 42 days... But three days away from the finish, the North Atlantic closed up, blocking Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli’s trimaran, Spindrift 2. The record won’t be broken this year, but the crew has already announced its intention of returning next year...
Since 1993, it has been an obsession for a number of sailors: taking the Jules Verne Trophy and beating the record for the fastest circumnavigation, via the three Capes. This year, two trimarans set off a few hours apart, to try and win this grail of the sailing world: Spindrift 2 and Idec. The two trimarans remained within the record time as far as the Horn, where Idec was left behind. But Spindrift believed in it right to the end. It was only when they entered the North Atlantic, less than 3 days from the finish that the door suddenly closed in front of the giant (40m long) trimaran’s bows.
The record for sailing round the world fully crewed therefore remains the property of Loïck Peyron and his men aboard the Maxi Banque Populaire V, in 45 days (an average of 19.75 knots, in 2012), but this year’s attempts have shown that the record is beatable...if the Atlantic will deign to let the boats return quickly!
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