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

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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.


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Press Release
Friday april 12, 2019

FRANCIS JOYON READY TO EXPLORE SOME NEW HORIZONS

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).”

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE 2019-2020 IDEC SPORT-ASIAN TOUR
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.


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EQUATOR RECORD!
MAXI SPINDRIFT 2
January 21, 2019

ON MONDAY 21 JANUARY AT 07H45 UTC, SPINDRIFT 2 BROKE HER OWN RECORD BY JUST OVER AN HOUR, BY CROSSING THE EQUATOR IN 4 DAYS 19 HOURS 57 MINUTES. THIS ALSO GAVE THE BLACK AND GOLD TEAM AN ADVANTAGE OF MORE THAN 23 HOURS (180 MILES) OVER THE CURRENT HOLDERS OF THE TROPHY JULES VERNE, IDEC SPORT. THIS IS THE FIRST CHALLENGE IN THE TEAM’S QUEST TO BEAT THE ROUND THE WORLD RECORD. THE TIME FOR THE PASSAGE FROM USHANT TO THE EQUATOR STILL HAS TO BE OFFICIALLY RATIFIED BY THE WSSRC (THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION THAT OVERSEES RECORDS), BUT YANN GUICHARD AND HIS CREW CAN BE PLEASED WITH THIS FIRST SECTION OF THE COURSE, AND BETTERING THEIR OWN RECORD TIME, SET IN 2015 (4D 21H 45′), BY 1 HOUR AND 48 MINUTES.

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.

FULL MOON!

“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.


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START AT 11H 47MIN 27SEC UTC
MAXI SPINDRIFT 2
January 16, 2019

YANN GUICHARD AND HIS CREW STARTED THEIR WORLD TOUR AT USHANT TODAY, WEDNESDAY, 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, HELD SINCE 2017 BY FRANCIS JOYON AND HIS CREW, OF 40 DAYS 23H 30M 30S.

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.“

Ant Arctic Lab, record interrumpido y reanudación en el 2019.


© ANT ARCTIC LAB

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ANT ARCTIC LAB

Record attempt stopped

Skipper Norbert Sedlacek has decided to stop his record attempt this morning at 10.30 a.m. westerly of Ireland and to come back to the port of departure, Les Sables d’Olonne.

“Sometimes it is necessary to take note of the reality and to act according to it.” says skipper Sedlacek.

Indeed the Open60AAL Innovation Yachts has an impressive potential to sail also in rough conditions, nevertheless there are a few technical pieces of equipment which have not been matured enough in this short preparation period for the conditions expected.

Therefore Norbert Sedlacek has decided to turn back and to give another year of lead time for optimization to start again in summer 2019 for the record attempt.

Sedlacek is expected back in Les Sables d’Olonne for the weekend.

After his departure in summer 2019 Norbert will set course to the Arctic Ocean, passing the Northwest Passage from east to west and then heading south to pass Cape Horn for the first time. After having rounded Antarctica in the deep south he will pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d’Olonne.

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 with a length of approximately 34,000 nautical miles is calculated with around 200 lonely, stormy and stressful days at sea through the most dangerous waters of our planet.

For this incredible adventure the shipyard Innovation Yachts has developed and built a special racing yacht based on 100% recyclable and durable materials. This material mix, volcanic fibre with balsa wood core material and harmless epoxy, represents a new generation of very ecological, but also high end quality yachts.

Project ANT ARCTIC LAB is a unique world record attempt.

But not only this!
The project will also give an ultimate confirmation about the quality and safety of a new yacht building concept!

Ant Arctic Lab, intento de record en marcha.


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ANT ARCTIC LAB world record attempt
Successful departure!

Today, at 10:18 a.m. local time the extreme sailor Norbert Sedlacek started from Les Sables d’Olonne, France to circumnavigate the world SINGLEHANDED, NONSTOP and WITHOUT ASSISTANCE through all five oceans including the Arctic oceans and the Northwest Passage.

It will be a nautical first when Sedlacek will be back successfully after this marathon turn of about 34,000 nautical miles through all climate zones, freezing cold, heat, storms and calms.

The Innovation Yachts Open60AAL, 18.3 m long was built during 26 months by Norbert Sedlacek and his team, with the great support of numerous industrial partners. The prototype was made of new volcanic fiber. The boat has many technical details which will be approved during this endurance test Furthermore this yacht is 100% recyclable.

After the departure Norbert will set course to the Arctic Ocean, passing the Northwest Passage from east to west and then heading south to pass Cape Horn for the first time. After having rounded Antarctica in the deep south he will pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d’Olonne.

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 with a length of approximately 34,000 nautical miles is calculated with around 200 lonely, stormy and stressful days at sea through the most dangerous waters of our planet.

For this incredible adventure the shipyard Innovation Yachts has developed and built a special racing yacht based on 100% recyclable and durable materials. This material mix, volcanic fibre with balsa wood core material and harmless epoxy, represents a new generation of very ecological, but also high end quality yachts.

Project ANT ARCTIC LAB is a unique world record attempt.

But not only this!
The project will also give an ultimate confirmation about the quality and safety of a new yacht building concept!

Innovation Yachts is an Austrian-French shipyard which is designing and building custom built racing and cruising yachts out of volcanic fiber with balsa wood core. It is focused to use sustainable and recyclable materials as well as taking care about the environment during the construction and afterwards

Ruta del Té. Nuevo récord para Maserati, con el español Alex Pella a bordo.

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La “Ruta del Té”, un nuevo récord para Alex Pella

El “Maserati” ha llegado a Londres hoy, viernes 23 de febrero, a las 13 horas, 20 minutos y 26 segundos, por lo que consigue una ventaja de cinco días con respecto al récord actual

Viernes, 23 de febrero de 2018.-
Hoy, a las 13 horas, 20 minutos y 26 segundos, hora de Londres, el “Maserati” Multi 70 ha cruzado la línea de llegada en Londres, después de 36 días, 2 horas, 38 minutos y 2 segundos de navegación. El trimarán, en el que navega Alex Pella, ha conseguido el récord de la “Ruta del Té”, con una ventaja de cinco días, con respecto al “Gitana 13”. El “Maserati” salió de Hong Kong el pasado 18 de enero y ha recorrido más de 13.000 millas náuticas, dando media vuelta al mundo, pasando por el Cabo de Buena Esperanza.

El objetivo de la tripulación del “Maserati” compuesta, por el italiano Giovanni Soldini, los dos españoles, Alex Pella y Oliver Herrera, el italiano Guido Broggi y el francés, Sébastien Audigane, era realizar el recorrido entre 30 y 35 días. “Lo he clavado -ha comentado Alex Pella una vez en tierra-. Debería haberme apostado algo. Hice una estimación por la distancia, velocidad media, condiciones meteorológicas y el crono del “Gitana 13”. Hemos venido muy rápidos hasta el ecuador en el Atlántico, nuestra trayectoria, hasta allí ha sido casi perfecta. En cambio más adelante muy lentos y con una trayectoria muchas veces lejos del rumbo directo. Está bien, porque pienso que se puede bajar, y dejamos la puerta abierta a que vengan otros a intentarlo”.

Alex Pella explica que su mejor momento ha sido el paso por el Estrecho de la Sonda, entre Java y Sumatra y, el peor, “la remontada de más de 12 días ciñendo con este tipo de barcos. Son muchos días”. El navegante español también ha dicho que se ha sentido muy cómodo. “Podríamos decir que después de la tercera etapa de la Volvo Ocean Race y la victoria en la Transat Jacques Vabre, venía rodado. Además, el barco me es familiar ya que acumulé muchas millas en el “Oman Sail”, que era el mismo barco. Y, por último, la adaptación a la tripulación del “Maserati” ha sido muy fácil, ya que este es un equipo pequeño y muy familiar donde se comparte todo. En cuanto a la navegación, este recorrido es espectacular por su variedad de condiciones. Me quedo con la bajada del Mar de China y con la remontada por la costa africana”.

Alex Pella ha enlazado en pocos meses diferentes singladuras, en noviembre consiguió ganar la regata y batir el récord de la prueba del a Transat Jacques Vabre, a bordo del “Arkema” y en diciembre disputó la tercera etapa de la Volvo Ocean Race, a bordo del “Akzonobel”. Sin embargo, asegura, “me siento súper rodado. Increíblemente adaptado al medio marino y, pese a que creo que tengo un poco de cansancio mental, me encanta el hecho de saltar de océano a océano, de barco en barco y con tripulaciones tan diferentes”.

Ruta del Té

Esta es una ruta histórica, iniciada por la expedición española de Elcano, en 1522, desde Sevilla a Filipinas. El récord Hong Kong-Londres recorre la ruta seguida por los clipper que transportaban el té desde China hasta Inglaterra en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Célebre fue la Great Tea Race de 1866 que enfrentó a los cinco clipper más modernos y rápidos de la época. La regata tuvo una gran repercusión mediática y concluyó de una manera muy emocionante con los tres primeros competidores remontando el río Támesis con la misma marea y atracando en los muelles de Londres con pocas horas de diferencia, tras 99 días de navegación.

Alex Pella

El pasado 16 de noviembre, Alex Pella conseguía ganar la Transat Jacques Vabre, a bordo del trimarán “Arkema”. Esta nueva victoria se sumaba a sus éxitos más recientes. En 2014 logró la victoria en la mítica Ruta del Ron y se convirtió en el primer español en ganar una prueba transoceánica en solitario. Y, el 26 de enero de 2017, batió el récord de velocidad absoluto de vuelta al mundo a vela, a bordo del sofisticado Maxi-Trimarán IDEC Sport. Alex, junto al resto del equipo hicieron historia; circunnavegando el planeta en 40 días, 23 horas, 30 minutos y 30 segundos.