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IDEC Sport & Spindrift 2 Prepare For Jules Verne Record Attempt Departure

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  • IDEC Sport & Spindrift 2 Prepare For Jules Verne Record Attempt Departure

    The two Maxi trimarans Idec Sport led by Francis Joyon and Spindrift 2 skippered by Dona Bertarelli are currently In Brest, France preparing their boats for an imminent departure in separate Jules Verne Record attempts.

    Three days before a possible start to attempt to smash the Jules Verne Trophy record time, Francis Joyon has confirmed amber mode is ongoing for the crew of the IDEC SPORT trimaran, which includes Bernard Stamm (SUI), Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA), Alex Pella (ESP), Clément Surtel (FRA) and Boris Herrmann (GER). With his router, Marcel Van Triest, Joyon is still talking about a possible weather opportunity on Saturday.

    While they await the go ahead, the crew is busy in Brest and ready to cast off to head for the start line, as soon as the conditions are considered to be right.

    So, we are looking at Saturday for a possible start. If the weather opportunity presents itself, of course.

    Reminder of the goal: to do better than the current record of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds. In other words, they are going to have to sail around the world averaging 20 knots.

    IDEC Sports Crew

    Spindrift 2 has set up a tracker yo can monitor HERE!

    pindrift 2 crew for the Jules Verne Trophy

    Yann Guichard, skipper
    Dona Bertarelli, helmsman-trimmer
    Sébastien Audigane, helmsman-trimmer
    Antoine Carraz, helmsman-trimmer
    Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, helmsman-trimmer
    Christophe Espagnon, helmsman-bowman
    Jacques Guichard, helmsman-trimmer
    Erwan Israël, navigator
    Loïc Le Mignon, helmsman-trimmer
    Sébastien Marsset, équipier d’avant
    François Morvan, helmsman-trimmer
    Xavier Revil, helmsman-trimmer
    Yann Riou, media reporter
    Thomas Rouxel, helmsman-bowman

    Jean-Yves Bernot, onshore router

    Simone Gaeta, substitute
    Thomas Le Breton, substitute

    Jules Verne Trophy

    Start and finish: a line between Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant island) and Lizard Point (England)
    Course: non-stop around-the-world tour travelling 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
    Time to beat: 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds
    Average speed: 19.75 knots
    Date of current record: January 2012
    Holder: Banque Populaire V, Loïck Peyron and a 13-man crew
    Maxi-trimaran joined Spindrift racing on: January 2013
    Stand-by start date for Spindrift 2: October 19th, 2015

    Photos © Eloi Stichelbaut - Chris Schmid I Spindrift racing

    - See more at:

    Spindrift 2 Site

    IDEC Sport Site
    " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella" Photo Gallery