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.
Continue reading “Still hope for Jules Verne Trophy”
The Golden Globe Race 2018 will be voyaged under the auspices of Royal Nomuka Yacht Club in Kingdom of Tonga. Crown Prince Tupoutoa Ulukalala, His Royal Highness, has given his consent to become Patron of the Race. The Golden Globe Race conference in London was also attended by the Tongan High Commissioner in London Sione Sonata Topou.
Don McIntyre, the founder of the race, has very close links with these Pacific islands. In the year 2012, this Aussie adventurer led a four-man re-enactment of Mutiny of the Bounty sail from Tonga to the West Timor, in a same type of yacht.
Royal Nomuka Yacht Club is the youngest Royal club in the world, founded on 22nd October, this year as part of a collaborative enterprise between His Royal Highness The Crown Prince and Don McIntyre to made a sailing base, that can also be a great adventure centre, on this otherwise desolated island of Nomuka to encourage the youth of Tonga to take up sailing as a sport as well as cultural activity.
HRH the Crown Prince Tupoutoa Ulukalala said that for Nomuka and Tonga to be involved with the Golden Globe Race is exciting. Tonga was once a great sailing nation. He wish all entrants safe sailing and extend an open invitation to visit this beautiful Islands as well as the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club.
Falmouth has been confirmed as the start line and the finish line for the Golden Globe Race 2018, where Sir Robin Knox-Johnston started and finished his historic voyage back in 1968-1969.