Mauritius Route record, Francis Joyon con Idec establece un nuevo record.

© Jonathan Beukman / IDEC SPORT

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Press Release
Friday 8th November 2019
Francis Joyon has shattered the Mauritius Route record

Francis Joyon has just beaten his own record set ten years ago in this stretch of the Route to the Indies referred to as the Mauritius Route and made it all look so easy. 19 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes and 45 seconds, or an improvement of 6 days and 10 hours in comparison to ten years ago. The Mauritius Route started from Port Louis in Brittany with part of the round the world route that Francis knows so well having sailed it many times both alone and with a crew. The route then took him up the Indian Ocean with all its difficulties to another Port Louis, this one being the capital of Mauritius.

8950 miles of sailing on paper, which for Francis turned into almost 11,000 miles out on the water, and which he sailed averaging 23.2 knots. This performance pleased the skipper, who was happy to arrive with his IDEC SPORT in perfect condition. He was delighted with the route taken as this will allow him to respect the demanding schedule of the Asian Tour, which will see him sail on other magical routes in the coming months.
Photo © Jonathan Beukman / IDEC SPORT

A weather opportunity that was far from ideal

“For this record, I had two things weighing on my mind,” the winner of the last Route du Rhum and the holder of the Jules Verne trophy said at the finish. “There was the pressure of getting a good result, as usual when you are racing against the clock. I didn’t have the pressure on me from rivals like I did in the Route du Rhum, but I needed to keep up to schedule for what lies ahead in the Asian Tour, which will take us to Vietnam and then China. I didn’t want to mess that up by arriving here behind schedule.” This simple statement made with his usual modesty hides Francis’s insatiable appetite for racing against the clock and dealing with all the elements. At the start on 19th October, this record was far from being a certainty: “Our weather opportunity was far from ideal,” he said. “As was later confirmed, there was nothing really interesting coming up in the next few days or weeks. We needed to get going in order to stick to the schedule for the Asian sailing programme.”

It took IDEC SPORT just over 7 days and 2 hours to get to the Equator. An ‘average sort of time’, according to the skipper, considering the times he achieved over the past few years sailing solo or with a crew. But it already meant that he was more than a day ahead of the pace he set for the record back in 2009.

A long detour to get around the St Helena high

The St Helena high stretched right out to the coast of Brazil and was a huge challenge, but one that Francis was able to deal with. The SE’ly trade winds propelled IDEC SPORT a long way west on a long detour of the calms blocking the path in the middle of the South Atlantic. IDEC SPORT headed towards the south-west a long way from the direct route, and lost some time in so doing. On the eleventh day of racing, he was a few miles behind the pace (up to 27) set by the second IDEC boat, which was able to trace a decent arc across the South Atlantic in 2009.

A high speed transatlantic crossing

That was when the extraordinary happened in this adventure. With the help of his onshore router, Christian Dumard, Francis noticed that a powerful low pressure system was developing off the coast of Uruguay, which would allow him to get back up with the speeds achieved with a crew during his successful Jules Verne Trophy attempt in 2017. “I set off at the front of the low, which was moving quickly eastwards. Christian and I thought it would quickly drop us off as moving so fast and that I would have to wait for many long hours before a second system appeared, which also looked good.” But as the hours passed, I managed to stick on the northern edge with its strong NW’ly air stream and IDEC SPORT behaved remarkably again, clocking up days in excess of 600 miles, managing to convince the skipper that there was the possibility of sticking with that system all the way. “This meant a gain of two days by the Cape of Good Hope,” explained Francis, “So I hung on in there.” It is hard to imagine the effort it took to achieve this during the record. “As forecast, the low passed him by,” added Christian Dumard admiring this feat. “Francis found himself in strong and variable winds, in excess of thirty knots and more importantly in heavy seas whipped up by the low. But he managed to stick with it adjusting the angle of the wind to the boat and spending time at the helm to position his giant trimaran on the crest of the enormous waves in the Southern Ocean. “It is rare that we are able to take advantage of a weather system for so long,” said Francis, who was clearly delighted. “We managed to do that with the crew of IDEC SPORT in the Jules Verne Trophy.” But it must have taken a huge effort. Francis admits he suffered seeing his boat suffer. “She jumped from wave to wave, making noises I had never heard before. The night before the Cape of Good Hope was the worst with a thirty foot swell. I was tired, but had to keep going. That was when the record was achieved.”

Francis over the moon

However, Joyon states that at no point did he think he had gone too far, as happened last year in the Route du Rhum. “I always kept a small amount back. I never pushed the boat all the way. I needed to look after her for what lies ahead and I managed to do that. I’m pleased with the route I took and how the weather systems slotted into place. It was a long journey, but in the terms of the weather, it wasn’t bad. When I finished this morning, I caught sight of land for the first time since I set off. There was incredible light, the turquoise waters and the islands…” Francis was clearly in his element.

Mauritius Route record, Francis Joyon pasa el Cabo de Buena Esperanza por delante del tiempo a batir.

© Francis Joyon / IDEC SPORT

Fuente info Idec Sport

Press Release + Video Alert
Sunday 3rd November 2019

Francis Joyon rounds the Cape of Good Hope two days and 19 hours ahead of the record pace

Francis Joyon and the IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran crossed the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope, often referred to as the Cape of Storms, this morning at 0454hrs UTC, after 14 days, 19 hours and 48 minutes of sailing. He was 2 days, 19 hours and 51 minutes ahead of the time he set in 2009 on his first attempt at the Mauritius Route, the start of the route to the Indies, between Port Louis (Brittany) and Port Louis (Mauritius). This time was not the main goal for Joyon, for whom the Cape is a mere waypoint on a route that continues for another 2200 miles. The Cape of Storms earned its nickname because of the hellish weather conditions that can often be found in this part of the world. Far from resting on his laurels, Francis is now more than ever focused on keeping his maxi trimaran in this powerful corridor of wind offering him high speeds, while avoiding the tricky Agulhas Current, which is one of the most dangerous in the world, as it flows in the opposite direction to the winds.

Just like in major records

“I fought hard for this just as during major record attempts,” explained Francis as he passed away from the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope. “This was a good time, particularly seeing the start took place with a weather opportunity that was far from being ideal, but we wanted to make the most of in order to stick to our ambitious schedule in the Idec Sport Asian Tour, which will take us all the way to Hong Kong.” With his usual modesty, Francis Joyon does not touch on what he had to do to achieve this performance. We can see how hard it was when we look at the performance level the skipper of IDEC SPORT is currently achieving. In order to round the St. Helena high, Joyon was forced to sail a long way west of the direct route during his second week of racing, extending the distance by more than 1600 miles. Once he had managed to hop onto the front of a powerful low-pressure system moving away from the coast of Argentina, Francis lived up to his reputation, clocking up more than 700 miles or more a day, in spite of some horrendous seas with 20-foot high waves and averaging more than 27 knots.

A hellish pace in an extremely hostile environment

The pace he has maintained in the hellish conditions typical of the Southern Ocean has surprised even the most loyal observers. Among them, Christian Dumard, Francis’s weather consultant back on dry land, who could not hide his admiration this morning: “We cannot imagine what Francis is going through down in those latitudes. Maybe if we look at the stormy conditions at the tip of Brittany and in the English Channel, we can get a better idea of what Francis is having to deal with aboard his high-speed maxi-multihull.”

The Agulhas Current comes up against the strong westerly winds

The skipper admitted that “the Cape of Good Hope is just a longitude on the map.” The hard work does not stop when that virtual line is crossed. With a series of perfectly timed gybes, Joyon has managed not only to position IDEC SPORT in a strong air stream with decent winds and a good angle, but has also managed to avoid the tarrying Agulhas current, which comes down from Mozambique at around 5 knots and which comes up against the prevailing westerlies, generating nasty seas, and occasionally what are referred to as rogue waves, which appear out of nowhere… This is certainly a tricky exercise dealing with contrary currents, winds in excess of thirty knots and waves that are higher than 30 feet off to his south.

Having sailed almost 8500 miles averaging 23.5 knots out on the water, Francis has to keep up this mammoth task for another couple of days, before turning left and pointing his bows towards Mauritius. He will then have to deal with an area of high pressure and try to sail with the easterly wind on the beam towards the finish of this Mauritius Route with all its contrasts and dangers.

“I’m pleased with this time to the Cape of Good Hope, considering the weather we chose, which was far from being exceptional. We managed to weave our way down to the Cape Verde Islands and get through the Doldrums without getting held up. This was the first major hurdle we had to avoid tripping up at. I then pushed the boat as hard as possible in conditions that continued to strengthen. The low I have been hanging on to for the past four days is very violent with winds in excess of thirty knots all the time, but more importantly with violent gusts and very heavy seas, the like of which I have never seen. I had to do a lot of thinking to find the right settings and configuration to keep moving fast without punishing the boat, which was bouncing around all over the place. IDEC SPORT continues to surprise me. With one reef and the J1 sail, I can sail with the wind almost directly behind me and in seas that are slightly calmer, I am now back in more normal conditions. This very fast crossing of the South Atlantic was far from easy. I’m going to try to stick with this low for the next two days, while gradually heading further north. I’m trying to find my way through between the Agulhas Current and the very nasty seas further south. I think I’ll finish in around five days, so on around 8th November. I am not spending much time at the helm, as out on deck it is extremely tough, cold and wet. There aren’t many albatrosses to see in any case. My living conditions are stripped to the bare minimum. I haven’t really got any sleep at all over the past three nights, and it is only occasionally that I have managed to warm up some soup on my camping stove.”

Mauritius Route record, Francis Joyon con Idec Sport entra al océano Pacífico.

© J.Eloy_Wanaii / IDEC SPORT

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Saturday 26 october 2019
Press Release

IDEC SPORT entered the Southern Hemisphere a day ahead of the record pace

Since last Saturday, Francis Joyon has been tackling the Mauritius Route record between Port Louis (Brittany) and Port Louis (Mauritius). He crossed the first virtual mark in this record at 1159hrs UTC on Saturday, setting a new reference time of 7 days, 2 hours and 43 minutes, which was one day shorter than the reference time set ten years ago. This is e first good reason for the skipper of IDEC SPORT to feel pleased. In order to smash the Mauritius Route record, he needs to reach Mauritius by 14th November.

Setting sail on Saturday 19th October, the skipper of IDEC SPORT crossed the start line off the Citadel of Port Louis at 0911hrs UTC without being very certain about the conditions he would encounter on the way down towards the Equator. Francis even imagined he would be a day behind schedule entering the Southern Hemisphere. The opposite turned out to be the case, thanks to some decent weather patterns, which offered fairly favourable conditions and a passage through the Doldrums last night where he was not really held up.

Postcard from the Doldrums
Passing through the Doldrums, Francis took advantage of some fair conditions to send back a video, in which he talks about this part of the journey that is feared by sailors: “A little postcard from the Doldrums, which are not very angry, and where things aren’t going too badly,” explained the skipper, who crossed this area, which is usually so complicated, without really being held up, before he encountered a squall during the night and then continued his voyage averaging around twenty knots towards the line separating the two hemispheres.

Mauritius before 14th November
The Mauritius Route is the first act in the IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR, the new campaign of record attempts which the skipper of IDEC SPORT is attempting on his way to Asia. To begin, Francis is attempting to smash his own record set ten years ago with a time of 26 days, 4 hours and 13 minutes. To improve on that record, he will have to finish in Mauritius by 1324hrs UTC on 14th November.

Norbert Sedlacek pone en marcha su intento de record en solitario por los cinco océanos.

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34 000 miles – single-handed – nonstop – without assistance

What an amazing start!

Loads of emotions! After greeting the crowd this Sunday at 06:00 pm on the Vendée Globe pontoon in Les Sables d’Olonne, the Skipper Norbert Sedlacek motored down the legendary channel escorted by his team and many supporters’ boats before setting out on his journey around the world.

Open60AAL Innovation Yachts officially crossed the starting line at 07:16:10 p.m. in ideal weather conditions and under the authority of the representative of the World Speed Sailing Record Council to begin this great record attempt on the 5 oceans.
Open60AAL Innovation Yachts with the crowd in the channel

After the departure Norbert will set course to the Arctic Ocean, passing the Northwest Passage from east to west and then heading south to round Cape Horn for the first time.

Norbert will then sail around Antarctica in the Southern Ocean and pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d’Olonne.

Innovation Yachts is an Austrian-French shipyard designing and building unique customized racing and cruising yachts. The yard uses new trendsetting fully sustainable and recyclable materials to optimize quality, performance and the protection of the environment during and after construction.

The Open60AAL is the first 60’ which has been built in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. This revolutionary prototype launched in 2018 is made from volcanic rock fiber, balsa wood core and biocompatible epoxy.

The yacht represents the vanguard of a new generation of high-quality boats, very powerful, safe and ecological!

If this record attempt is successful Norbert Sedlacek will be the first sailor ever who did a singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation without assistance through all oceans including Arctic and Southern Ocean.

This challenge represents approximately 34,000 nautical miles and around 200 days at sea.

Project ANT ARCTIC LAB will give an ultimate confirmation about the quality and safety of this new yacht building concept!

Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier, nuevos skippers del Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.

© Yann Riou / Polaryse / Gitana SA

Fuente info Gitana

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier at the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

Within the Gitana racing stable, the winter refit is on the final straight. In fact, in a little less than a month, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will leave her shed in Lorient and head over to the pontoons that make up the Base. Once there, she will be equipped with a brand new starboard bow and, most significantly, we’ll get the chance to discover her new skipper. Following the end of its collaboration with Sébastien Josse, which began some eight years ago, 2019 will see the five-arrow team opening a whole new chapter of a saga that spans more than a hundred years.

Since the origins of Gitana, and all the more so with the creation of Gitana Team in 2000 by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and his wife Ariane, the passing on of knowledge has been of primary importance in the family’s commitment to sailing. With programmes heavily focused on singlehanded sailing over the past few years, punctuated by the Vendée Globe and more recently the Route du Rhum, team sailing had been put to one side, now the owners of the five-arrow racing stable intend to put it centre stage once more.

Sigue leyendo

Nuevas aventuras y tentativas de records para Francis Joyon con el trimarán Idec.

Fuente info Mer & Media

Press Release
Friday april 12, 2019


After his incredible victory in the 2018 Route du Rhum, this year, Francis Joyon will be tackling some very different challenges, most of which are brand new. After a tour in the Mediterranean in the spring, he will begin his 2019-2020 IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR with a programme including two famous records (The Mauritius record between Port-Louis in Brittany and Mauritius and the Clipper Route between Hong Kong and London), as well as four new courses in the China Sea for which he will set the reference time with a crew. His faithful trimaran, IDEC SPORT underwent a major refit during the winter with this in mind to ensure her reliability. The maxi-trimaran was relaunched on Friday 5th April in Vannes before heading back to her home port of La Trinité-sur-Mer. We met up with the record-breaker aboard his boat…

Francis, five months ago, you won the Route du Rhum, a win you had been looking forward to for many years. Looking back, how do you feel about that achievement?
“I must admit I haven’t had time to dwell on the Route du Rhum, as I have been so busy each day getting the boat back in shape. There is always so much going on, so I haven’t had time to think about it. I would say that this win in a major race ahead of a rival as skilled as François Gabart, has boosted my confidence.”

IDEC SPORT was relaunched last week. What was done during the winter refit?
“The Route du Rhum was tough on the boat, which suffered in terms of her structure, particularly the daggerboard housing. We got the Multiplast yard involved to get everything back in shape. There was quite a lot of work to do on the electronics, changing all the cables on the boat and the nets. The aim was to ensure IDEC SPORT was as reliable as possible, as we have around 25 or 30 thousand miles to cover in the year ahead.”

Some discoveries and adventures ahead

You will be taking part in an ambitious campaign of records, called the IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR. It will begin with the Mauritius record, a solo record you know well, as you started it ten years ago. The time to beat is 26 days, 4 hours and 13 minutes…
“Yes, on a course between Port Louis and Port Louis (Lorient and Mauritius). The good season is in mid-October and the time frame is relatively short. With that timing, we hope to round the Cape of Good Hope without getting nasty weather and reach Mauritius before the cyclones. In 2009, I had to go a long way south of the Cape of Good Hope, as further north there were strong headwinds. I hope to sail a more favourable, shorter course this time. I still hold the solo record. There have been several attempts to improve on it, in particular, Lionel Lemonchois, but he capsized, although he was ahead of my reference time.”

After Mauritius, you will move to crewed sailing. What records will you be tackling in the China Sea?
“We are launching four new ocean records. The first will take us from Mauritius to Singapore. Then from Singapore, we will go to Vietnam. The following two records will be from Vietnam/Shanghai and Shanghai/Hong Kong. I have already sailed on those seas, but have never had a stopover there. It is going to be fun with the crew discovering places we don’t know. There are going to be some discoveries and adventures.”

How would you describe sailing on Asian waters?
“It’s not so easy. There are a lot of objects floating around, including tree trunks, which float around after typhoons. So we’re going to have to watch out for that taking a spare rudder with us for example. There is a lot of shipping particularly around Singapore. I can remember passing the city and counting thousands of cargo ships waiting to be loaded. It didn’t seem logical to me. Those seas are also complicated in terms of strategy. In the round the world race, you choose your route depending on strong downwind conditions. You get favourable angles on long trips. In the China Sea, we will be sailing in restricted areas with corridors to pass the islands. Sometimes, we will face areas of calm.”

It is said that there are pirates in those waters…
“Indeed. I have already come into contact with the local pirates in the Straits of Malacca. But I’m not too worried, as we will have a crew on our big boat. I’ll feel more relaxed than when I sailed there on my little boat.”

All records are there to be broken.

The final record which you will tackle with a crew, the Clipper Route (Hong Kong – London), is currently held by Giovanni Soldini on Maserati. It’s not going to be easy to beat…
“That’s true, but all records are there to be broken. We’ll give it our best shot. Records are always fascinating, but this one all the more so, as there is so much history associated with it. The Clipper Route is the maritime route taken by the big tea clippers, who did their best to get back to Europe as quickly as possible to be the first to sell their cargo of tea in London.”

Have you chosen your crew for these records?
“More or less. There will be five of us in the crew and sometimes six as in the Jules Verne Trophy. Antoine (Blouet), Corentin (Joyon) and Bertrand (Deslesne) worked on the boat through the winter. They will be part of the crew. Gwénolé Gahinet and Bernard Stamm, who were with me for the round the world voyage will be back for some legs, as will Christophe Houdet.”

One record after another…

Before that campaign in Asia, you will be tackling the Mediterranean…
“Yes, we’ll start the season with a promotional tour in the Mediterranean. If a weather opportunity arises, I will attempt the record between Marseille and Carthage (Tunisia).”

October 2019: Mauritius Record (solo)
. Course: Port Louis (Lorient) / Port Louis (Mauritius)
. Reference time: 26 days, 4 hours and 13 minutes

November-December 2019: Creation of 4 new records in the China Sea (with a crew)
. 1) Mauritius / Singapore
. 2) Singapore / Vietnam
. 3) Vietnam / Shanghai (China)
. 4) Shanghai / Hong Kong.

January / February 2020: Clipper Route (with a crew)
. Course: Hong Kong / London
. Reference time: 36 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes

Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift 2 establece un nuevo record entre Ushant y el ecuador.

Fuente info Spindrift Racing

January 21, 2019


Spindrift 2 crossed the line in front of the Créac’h lighthouse on Wednesday 16 January at 11h 47 ’27′ UTC and quickly took advantage of the favourable conditions. The crew had to gybe the 40m trimaran about a dozen times to ensure that they stayed in the trade winds as they passed through the Canary Islands and and the island of Hierro.


“We entered the Doldrums at 2° North: they were not very active, so we had to get through in relatively little breeze, but it was especially nice to have the full moon when we crossed the equator: we even saw the eclipse! It was beautiful for a good hour … Everyone has really been on the pace and the modifications that we made to the coach roof have been a real bonus – we are definitely less exposed. The route to the equator was not easy: we had quite lumpy seas in the lead up to the islands, then we had to gybe a lot and pass right through the Canaries and Cape Verde archipelagos.” Commented Yann Guichard, a few moments after crossing the equator, the ‘line’ separating the north and south hemispheres.

However, the team is not out of the Doldrums yet, as they are currently stretching some 120 miles to the south of the Equator. The team will have a challenging six hours or so before they can hook into the south easterly trade winds blowing off Brazil. But the good news is that a strong front is due to leave Cape Frio (off Rio de Janeiro) on Tuesday.

“We will leave the Doldrums at about 2° South, and then we will have to get around St. Helena anticyclone that is forming to the East, so we will have to go to about 37° South before turning left towards the Indian Ocean. It makes the route longer, especially as we will have to cross a light weather area in three days, but we should then reach favourable NW winds. It will be a relatively slow descent … but we should be a little ahead of Francis Joyon and his crew by the time we reach Cape Aiguilles,” continued the skipper of Spindrift 2.

The next goal is the tip of South Africa: Francis Joyon and his crew crossed the longitude of the Cape Aiguilles after 12d 21h 22′ at sea. So, with a 23 hour advantage on this first stretch, Yann Guichard and his crew can hope to stay half a day ahead before entering the Indian Ocean. This same trimaran, when it was Banque Populaire in 2012, took less than twelve days from Ushant (11d 23h 50′).

Spindrift 2 still has some 3,200 miles to reach this longitude but the black and gold trimaran has been averaging 26 knots since leaving Ushant, and covering more than 620 miles a day – including the passage through the Doldrums!

Crew of Spindrift 2
Yann Guichard (skipper)
Erwan Israel (navigator)
Jacques Guichard (watch leader / helmsman)
Christophe Espagnon (watch leader / helmsman)
Xavier Revil (watch leader / helmsman)
François Morvan (helmsman)
Thierry Chabagny (helmsman)
Sam Goodchild ((helmsman / bow)
Erwan Le Roux (helmsman)
Duncan Späth (helmsman)
Benjamin Schwartz (helmsman / bow)
Jackson Bouttell (helmsman / bow)

Jean-Yves Bernot (onshore router)

Crew Split Times References
Ushant-Equator: 4d 19h 57 ‘(Spindrift 2 in 2019)
Equator-Cape Aiguilles: 6d 08h 55 ‘(Banque Populaire V in 2012)
Cape Aiguilles -Cape Leeuwin: 4d 09h 32 ‘(IDEC Sport in 2017)
Cape Leuuwin-Cape Horn: 9d 08h 46 ‘(IDEC Sport in 2017)
Cape Horn-Equator: 7d 04h 27 ‘(Banque Populaire V in 2012)
Equator-Ushant: 5d 19h 21 ‘(IDEC Sport in 2017)

WSSRC crewed records
Crossing the North Atlantic (Ushant-Equator): 4d 19h 57 ‘(Spindrift 2 in 2019) *
Crossing the Indian Ocean (Cape Aiguilles-S Tasmania) : 5d 21h 07’ 45’’ (IDEC Sport in 2017)
Crossing Pacific Ocean (S Tasmania-Cape Horn) : 7d 21h 13’ 31’’ (IDEC Sport in 2017)
Equator-Equator- : 29d 09h 10’ 55’’ (IDEC Sport in 2017)
Around the World (Jules Verne Trophy) : 40d 23h 30’ 30’’ (IDEC Sport in 2017)

*Waiting for ratification by WSSRC

Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift 2 sale a batir el record de Francis Joyon.

© Spindrift

Fuente info Spindrift

January 16, 2019


The weather conditions were favourable at the Créac’h lighthouse, which marks one end of the start and finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy course, the round the world sailing record via the three Capes. A southwesterly breeze of 20 knots and calm seas allowed the giant black and gold trimaran to head quickly towards a front off Ushant and pick a good system from the north-west. It is these strong winds that Spindrift 2 will be able to pick up to take them quickly down to Madeira, the Canaries and the Cape Verde archipelago.

A record at the equator?

According to the routing of the team’s onshore weather router, Jean-Yves Bernot, the team could reach the equator during the night of Sunday to Monday, January 21, after less than five days at sea. Once over this imaginary line between the two hemispheres, Yann Guichard and his crew must continue to speed on, with the aim of crossing the longitude at the Cape of Good Hope in about twelve days. This challenge is very possible as Francis Joyon and his crew reached the African cape in 12d 21h 22m.

By adding all the best reference times since the first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy in 1993, the crewed world tour from Ushant to Ushant could potentially be completed in 38 days.

The first stretch towards the equator looks very favourable, but it is still too early to anticipate what follows. If a depression moves away from Brazil during the passage off Salvador de Bahia, the weather configuration could allow the team more options to sail more directly towards the South without having to go around the St. Helena anticyclone.

Afterwards it will be the depressions to the south, their trajectories, north-south positioning and speed that will determine if the Indian Ocean can be crossed in less than 5d 21h 08m and the Pacific in less than 7d 21h 13m.

Yann Guichard, skipper of Spindrift 2:

“It looks good up to the equator! The trade winds are well established: it should take less than five days. Then there are still the unknowns in the southern Atlantic but we hope to reach South Africa in around twelve to twelve and a half days.
This world tour is also a passing of the seasons at high speed! We start in the north-west with drizzle, then in the Canaries we will be in the trade winds with 30°C, at the equator it will be 40°C and three days later, we are in the Forties, in the Southern Ocean with three fairly steady and fresh weeks. It’s a nice trip.
One of the difficulties is the Saint Helena High in the southern Atlantic, which can sometimes block the road. It is not a problem to go round it if there is wind because because latest boats are going fast. In the Southern Ocean, it is still at least a fortnight of cold, wet weather but there are also magical landscapes and an incredible place to experience as a team.
We are a slightly lighter than the last time, which is why we are only twelve onboard. Below twenty knots we have a very slight speed deficit, but anything above that Spindrift 2 is faster than before! We can keep our average speed above 35 knots, if the sea remains manageable.“