On 22nd November, two maxi-trimarans began their journey in an attempt to get their hands on the Jules Verne Trophy, an award for the fastest circumnavigation of the world.
The 40 meter maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, captained by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, and Francis Joyon’s maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT were in a surprising battle against each other as they look to beat the clock.
The present holder of the award was Loïck Peyron as well as his crew on Banque Populaire V (also called Spindrift 2), which in 2012’s January had fixed a time of forty-five days, thirteen hours, forty-two minutes and fifty-three seconds.
The primary forecast began the two maxis on record speed, but a sequence of highs and lows soon followed them. AS they both came at the Cape Horn within reach of the prize, the teams recognized on Day forty-three that their efforts would be for nothing.
It is expected that both teams would arrive at the marked start-finish line, situated between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the Brittany as well as Lizard Point in Cornwall, on 8th January, which was the 48th day in their journey calendar.
Spindrift 2, on the penultimate day, had a little edge, but with 90+ nautical mile lateral separation as well as 500 nautical miles to go, the award is still on the table for the Jules Verne Trophy. It is a coveted honor for the fastest traveling of the world by any kind of yacht irrespective of the size of the crew, starting and end between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the tip of Brittany as well as Lizard Point in Cornwall.