Friday, 6 June 2014

Spindrift Racing update, maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 on standby in Newport for North Atlantic record attempt

From the following press release by the Spindrift Racing team:

-Spindrift 2 arrived in Newport on Tuesday, safely delivered from La Trinité-sur-mer, following eight days at sea
-Standby begins for Spindrift racing and its attempt to break the crewed North Atlantic record and ‘Zenith 24-hour record’
-Currently no suitable weather window for the next 10 days, with icebergs identified along the route

Newport, one of the sailing world’s most renowned destinations, welcomes a new giant. Following eight days of delivery from La Trinité-sur-Mer (France), during which substantial information was obtained, Spindrift 2, the maxi-trimaran, arrived at the famous Rhode Island harbour on Tuesday late afternoon. Co-skippers Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard and their crew now enter the critical phase of meticulously monitoring the weather. They must wait for the best window to launch their attempt to break the crewed North Atlantic record between New York and Lizard Point (England). With 3 days, 15 hours and 25 minutes (at an average of 32.94 knots) to beat, the challenge is daunting and will require optimal sailing conditions. If the weather permits, the team will also go for the ‘Zenith by Spindrift racing 24-hour record’, aiming to improve on the existing record of 908 miles, itself an impressive distance, equivalent to two Marseille-Carthage (Tunisia) crossings in 24 hours.

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