Thursday, 31 October 2013

Spindrift Racing, maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 departs on Discovery Route record attempt Cadiz to San Salvador

From the following press release on the Spindrift Racing website:

Spindrift 2 on the Discovery Route
- Favourable weather window
- Good trade winds and area of transition to negotiate

Spindrift 2 – the world’s largest racing trimaran – crossed the start line on the Discovery Route on Wednesday October 30th at 15 hours, 19 minutes, 34 seconds GMT (16 hours, 19 minutes, 34 seconds French time) on a bid to beat the record between Cadiz – San Salvador in the Bahamas, via the Canaries, set in 2007 by Franck Cammas and the maxi trimaran Groupama 3. Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and the twelve crew members must cross the finish line in under Thursday November 07th, 02 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds (03 hours, 17 minutes, 27 seconds French time) to beat the current record of 7 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes and 53 seconds (21.70 knots of average speed). Following four months of preparations, the Spindrift racing team enter a new phase in the project that was set out by both Dona and Yann. The Discovery Route is indeed a first for the trimaran in terms of races and a first transatlantic adventure for Dona Bertarelli. The Swiss sailor, surrounded by a high-flying team that combines both youth and experience, should benefit from the good weather window.

read more here

and the tracker for the attempt is here

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