Saturday, 2 November 2013

Spindrift Racing, Day 2 of the Discovery route record attempt maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 now sailing in the trade winds well ahead of Groupama3's reference time

From the following report on the Spindrift Racing website:
Having reached the island of Gran Canaria yesterday at 6pm – a required point of passage to be left to starboard – the Maxi Trimaran 2 Spindrift now races along the tadewind highway, with a strong northeasterly wind to propel them across the West Atlantic. Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their crew of 12 are swallowing up the miles. A second day of good results and high speeds follows the first 24 hours of rough seas and three highly strategic gybes that produced a 642 miles day. With a good VMG, velocity made good, and average speeds of over 30 knots, Spindrift 2 has covered over a third of the course, 2,880 miles in just 48 hours.
Spindrift 2’s theoretical advance on the current record holder of the Discovery Route (Franck Cammas and Groupama 3 in 2007) continues to stretch (232 miles this morning) under the combined effect of greater speed and a more direct route than that chosen by Groupama 3. According to estimates looked at before the start by Spindrift 2’s skippers and crew, assisted by weather router ashore Richard Silvani, the first two days in the Atlantic are conducive to the highest performance and a substantial gain on the record, with the trade winds slightly unstable in direction, but still blowing strong at over 25 knots.
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