Her name is Gitana 17 (aka Maxi Edmond de Rothschild). She’s 105…

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Her name is Gitana 17 (aka Maxi Edmond de Rothschild). She’s 105 feet long, took 20 months to build, and she can fly.

I don’t know what the immediate plans are. But if they can avoid hitting anything or flipping over, someone’s going to need to buff up a spot on the base of the Jules Verne Trophy.

Source: “Premières fois”, Episode 3 : 1er vol du Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

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Yann Guichard in the latest video from Spindrift 2 on how they…

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Yann Guichard in the latest video from Spindrift 2 on how they can no longer beat the record. They’re going to be in rough conditions as they approach Ushant, so they’ve backed off and are concentrating on sailing well and finishing safely.

Next time.

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Four days to go Banque Pop’s ghost is getting away. Those…

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Four days to go

Banque Pop’s ghost is getting away. Those stormy conditions north of the Canaries mean S2 still has a chance, maybe, if they can get through the light stuff in the next day without slowing down too much, then just fly for the finish. But realistically, it looks like the record won’t fall this time. The South Atlantic was just too slow.

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Wind Santa is not giving very nice presents to Spindrift 2…

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Wind Santa is not giving very nice presents to Spindrift 2 (brown triangle). The Ghost of BPV Past (blue triangle) is back in the lead, while IDEC (red triangles) has better wind than SP2 (at least for now) in the offshore lane. It looks like the best chance for SP2 is that by taking their lumps early they’ll get a faster route up the Brazilian coast later on.

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Spindrift 2 rounding Cape Horn.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Spindrift 2 rounding Cape Horn.

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Spindrift 2, Cape Horn, December 22, 2015. Source.

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Spindrift 2, Cape Horn, December 22, 2015. Source.

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Spindrift 2 is around Cape Horn and heading north into the…

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Spindrift 2 is around Cape Horn and heading north into the Atlantic. They’re 30 days out from Ushant, with 15 days left to get back to the start/finish line. IDEC and Banque Pop’s ghost are still on the Pacific side, so it’s looking hopeful for the record as long as the weather cooperates.

Winds were light for the rounding, which meant Yann Riou was able to fly the drone. There’s a great shot of Yann (usually invisible behind the camera) as it comes in for a landing. And I’m pretty sure that’s Dongfeng alumnus Thomas Rouxel catching it.

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sailseaplymouth: It’s getting close again! After IDEC and…

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

sailseaplymouth:

It’s getting close again! After IDEC and Spindrift spent a few hours gliding along at only 9/10 knots, they’re now spanking it at 35-40 knots! BPV’s Ghost is sitting around 16 and has hit the sticky patch that I thought would let IDEC and SD2 through. SD are 160 miles ahead of the record, IDEC 70 miles ahead, exciting!

Woo!

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It’s nervous time for the Jules Verne Trophy attempt. Spindrift…

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

It’s nervous time for the Jules Verne Trophy attempt. Spindrift 2 (tan triangle) and IDEC (red triangle) are stuck in a zone of high pressure/light winds (the blue areas on the map), fighting their way south to where they hope to hook into stronger wind (yellow and orange).

Their courses over the last day have been zigzaggy as they gybe back and forth for VMG. Meanwhile, the ghost of Banque Populaire V’s 2011/2012 record circumnavigation (blue triangle) is heading straight for Cape Horn, and has pulled ahead. But BPV has some light going of their own coming up later, as you can see from their projected course going all wonky a few days from now. If S2 and IDEC can get through this light stuff without losing too much distance, they might regain the lead (and their chance at the record) then.

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pokiloo: lies: Both boats are east of the South Island of New…

Monday, December 14th, 2015

pokiloo:

lies:

Both boats are east of the South Island of New Zealand, and appear to be taking the northern option across the Pacific. They’re within radar/AIS site of each other (less than 11 NM in the latest tracker update), though that’s with IDEC (still trailing by a skosh) having an additional 2 hours to make up from their earlier start.

IDEC mentions coming within 2 miles of Spindrift 2 at one point (maybe when their tracks crossed back when both boats gybed toward the north?), but apparently they never actually saw each other due to the misty conditions.

The low southeast of them that they’re shooting for at the moment is reportedly moving pretty fast; it’s not clear they’re going to be able to hook into it.

Spindrift posted a tweet 20 minutes ago with a pictures of IDEC, https://twitter.com/spindriftracing/status/676449521933643776

In my mind they will either stop in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, share an apéro (that’s a shame there is no translation for this).

Wow; thanks!

I know they’re both trying to beat the record, but it certainly adds to the excitement to have an on-the-water race. I wonder, too, if psychologically it will help push them both to do better than they otherwise would have.

Realizing, still, that the biggest factor vis-à-vis the record is going to be the weather.

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Both boats are east of the South Island of New Zealand, and…

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Both boats are east of the South Island of New Zealand, and appear to be taking the northern option across the Pacific. They’re within radar/AIS site of each other (less than 11 NM in the latest tracker update), though that’s with IDEC (still trailing by a skosh) having an additional 2 hours to make up from their earlier start.

IDEC mentions coming within 2 miles of Spindrift 2 at one point (maybe when their tracks crossed back when both boats gybed toward the north?), but apparently they never actually saw each other due to the misty conditions.

The low southeast of them that they’re shooting for at the moment is reportedly moving pretty fast; it’s not clear they’re going to be able to hook into it.

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Day 21

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Day 21

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So after racing halfway around the world at speeds up into the…

Friday, December 11th, 2015

So after racing halfway around the world at speeds up into the high 30s, Spindrift 2 is about to cross no more than 2 or 3 miles ahead of their virtual pace boat. That’s… wild.

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Dona Bertarelli: Billionaire attempts to break record – CNN.com

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Dona Bertarelli: Billionaire attempts to break record – CNN.com:

Nice article (with a bunch of photos) profiling Dona Bertarelli and the Spindrift 2 record attempt.

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tfw the wind fills in from behind.Two of these triangles are…

Friday, December 11th, 2015

tfw the wind fills in from behind.

Two of these triangles are imaginary, but they all sure seem to be coming together.

Additional explanation for the less-obsessive after a cut.

The dark blue triangle to the north is Maxi Banque Populaire V at 2300 UTC on 11 Dec 2011, en route to setting the current record for fastest sailed circumnavigation four years ago.

The tan triangle south of there is the same boat (with modifications), now called Spindrift 2, from 1830 UTC today (11 Dec 2015). The start time for the two boats has been synchronized, making BP the “ghost” that S2 must beat to take the record.

The red triangles closing rapidly from astern are IDEC Sport. The leading triangle is their position today at 1830. The trailing triangle is their position two hours previously, reflecting the fact that they crossed the starting line between Ushant and the Lizard two hours earlier than S2 did. That is, it’s the trailing red triangle that has to beat the other two boats in order to take the record.

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sailseaplymouth: Small update in the world of JVT. This is a…

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

sailseaplymouth:

Small update in the world of JVT. This is a rather deceiving image at the moment, and I’m not sure how they calculate distances but I’m guessing to next waypoint which is probably Cape Horn, BUUUUT, Spindrift are 52 miles ahead of the reference time and IDEC are rather amazingly, only 17 miles behind, having come back from 600+ only 4 days ago, good job guys!

I think it’s largely been the weather systems. S2 couldn’t quite catch the last trough and slowed down a bit between systems, while IDEC, having fallen behind, dove further south, shortening their route (and thankfully not running into any ice) and getting stronger wind. And then this new trough forming and bringing them up from behind has helped even more.

I see from the screenshots that you’re using Volodia’s tracker – are you using the WXTiles overlay? Apparently it isn’t super accurate when you zoom way in; at least my sense during the Volvo was that the WXTiles wind was frequently off a bit compared to what the boats were seeing on the water. But in broad terms I’ve found it really helpful in understanding the routing strategies.

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sailseaplymouth: It’s been busy in the Southern Ocean!…

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

sailseaplymouth:

It’s been busy in the Southern Ocean! Spindrift and Banque Pop’s ghost have been fighting for the lead for a few days now. Spindrift didn’t manage to beat the record  from Equator to Good Hope, missing it by something like 16 minutes, which is pretty annoying. They’re currently 36 miles behind BPV and only moving at 17.5 knots, as apposed to BPV’s 33.2, so they’ve hit a light patch.

IDEC Sport are a whole 613 miles away, a little over a Fastnet’s distance, but something that these boats can cover in 24 hours. I don’t think they’re going to have much of a chance to catch up unless they make some pretty smart moves near Cape Horn where BPV had some issues in their record attempt, or when the boats head North again and the lighter, more maneuverable boat will come out on top, who knows? For the moment, the Southern Ocean has been pretty boring for both boats, no 24hr speed records here!

 Reblogging partly for the excitement of whether or not Spindrift can stay close enough to the 2012 run to have a chance at the record, and partly for the awesomeness of “Banque Pop’s ghost”, which sounds like a character from an updated version of Macbeth:

Can such things be,
And overcome us like a summer’s cloud,
Without our special wonder? You make me strange
Even to the disposition that I owe,
When now I think you can behold such sights,
And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks,
When mine is blanched with fear.

It’s all about the wind at this point. When the Southern Ocean depressions track over them the boats can fly straight east at 30+ knots. When it gets light, as it is now for Spindrift, they slow down and have to start gybing back and forth.

Spindrift is caught in a lull, with better wind ahead of them. To have a shot at the record they need to catch up with it.

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northsails: Step aboard the world’s largest trimaran.

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

northsails:

Step aboard the world’s largest trimaran.

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Spindrift 2 enters the Southern Ocean – Jules Verne…

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Spindrift 2 enters the Southern Ocean – Jules Verne Trophy, Day 11

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Spindrift 2 heading south in the Atlantic on November 25, 2015….

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Spindrift 2 heading south in the Atlantic on November 25, 2015. Drone footage by on-board media crewman Yann Riou. Source.

As of December 4 at 1600 UTC, Spindrift 2 is in the Southern Ocean heading east, 233 miles ahead of the pace set in 2012 by the previous record-holder for the fastest sailing circumnavigation in history.

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