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  1. Z
    Dec 29, 2015 @ 09:40


  2. Peter Gustafsson
    Jan 3, 2016 @ 12:03

    Blev inget rekord för Spindrift den här gången.

    Yann Guichard, skipper de Spindrift 2:
    “The Azores High is continuing to grow, and we’ll have to travel another 1,000 miles (1,852 km) north-west to sail around it and pick up the lows. It seems hard to understand because we are only 170 miles behind the current record holder (Saturday night), but at the cut-off time we’ll still be 1,000 miles away from the finish line due to the big detour. We were hoping a window would open so we could take a faster route to Ushant than that taken by the current record holder, but the window didn’t appear, so we just had to face up to reality.

    We’ll have to be very careful sailing back in to Brittany, as we’re expecting strong winds and heavy seas. All this means we’re no longer in record-attempt mode, as we can no longer claim the Jules Verne Trophy. Our aim now is to cross the finish line safely in Ushant and then return to the home port in La Trinité-sur-Mer.

    Obviously it’s a bit disappointing for me and the crew, but we’ve given our all since the start. We sailed a good race, there was a great atmosphere on board and we can be proud of our performance. We were 500 miles up at Cape Horn, but the weather gods decided not to help us all the way to the finish. Everyone has supported us from start to finish, and this is just a postponement before we make another attempt to beat the Jules Verne Trophy record.”

    Dona Bertarelli, helmsman-trimmer:
    “Obviously it’s disappointing to come so close without being able to finish off the job. It has been and will remain a wonderful adventure. Long before our departure we knew the situation, and we knew the weather would be the arbiter. You just have to accept how things turn out. The aim now is to complete the circumnavigation and see all the people who have been encouraging us throughout this Jules Verne Trophy.”


  3. Erik Barkefors
    Jan 5, 2016 @ 20:26

    Spindrift kör just nu sin “very careful” segling med 32 knop ;-)


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