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    Idec Sport & Spindrift 2 Jules Verne Record Attempt




    Some library pictures are more spectacular than others. Those taken last week for IDEC SPORT are certainly just that. Fast and furious, in the autumn sunshine, Joyon and his troops put the boat through her paces…

    Francis Joyon and his men never stop. A month after coming out of the Multiplast yard and a few days after the announcement of the crew line-up in La Trinité-sur-Mer in Southern Brittany, the new IDEC SPORT fulfilled everything that the media could hope for during a remarkable trip, which enabled them to get some very spectacular footage and exciting library pictures.

    We can see the big red trimaran sailing at full pelt in 25 knots of wind off Belle-île-en-mer. The smoke rises in her wake with some magnificent autumnal shades and there was a moment when she incidentally reached a peak speed of 42 knots. Sailing at almost 50 m.p.h. gives us a clear idea about how confident Francis Joyon and his men feel about their new trimaran.

    They are now getting close to the stand-by period in Brest, where they are due to wait for a weather opportunity to begin their attempt to smash the Jules Verne Trophy record.

    But before that giant race around the planet, sit back and enjoy these pictures, which are bound to please anyone who loves boats and the sea spray.





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    IDEC Sport And Spindrift To Depart Tonight


    image© JM Liot / DPPI / IDEC SPORT


    This time, it’s certain. IDEC SPORT will be tackling the Jules Verne Trophy from today, Saturday 21st November. Francis Joyon has just given the green light, meaning the start is imminent. The big red trimaran will be leaving the port of Brest this afternoon to cross the start line off Ushant this evening. A few hours before the start, which looks like being very rough, Francis Joyon explained the situation.

    Francis, this time it’s a green light? Will IDEC SPORT be setting off around the world today?
    “Yes! We just decided to set off, as we could see there was the possibility of taking advantage of an area of low pressure in the South Atlantic, so we’ll be setting off today with that in mind. We shall be setting off on a very windy day: 30 to 35 knots of wind in Brest, a lot more over Ushant. The conditions at the start aren’t going to be easy…”

    No time to sit back and look at the situation, you’re diving straight in?
    “Yes, we’ll be setting off with one or two reefs. We are going to have to be cautious in the Bay of Biscay where the seas is very rough with a 4-5m swell forecast and the sea may remain cross, because we had a SW’ly gale the day before yesterday and now we are in a northerly air flow. We will immediately be into the heart of the action.”



    The record to the Equator is possibleDoes that mean you are hoping for a good time to the Equator?
    “Yes indeed. We hope to beat the reference time to the Equator and it could take us fewer then five and a half days, if everything fits into place.”

    How do you feel with just a few hours to go?
    “We’re giving the boat one final check-up. To ensure we haven’t forgotten anything and that all the supplies are in place, that everyone has put their passport in the safety locker, lots of little details like that. The crew is happy. They are all used to such starts and are happy when they are at sea…”

    Can you tell us about the weather situation?
    “The trip to the Equator looks relatively simple. The weather seems settled and we don’t have any questions, apart from what happens tonight with a small area of low pressure, which could cause the wind to drop off in the Bay of Biscay. We mustn’t get caught up in that. But more importantly, we are looking further ahead down to the position of the St Helena High, the pattern of low pressure areas leaving Brazil for the Cape of Good Hope. It’s a mixture of all that that led us to take the decision to set off today.”

    Are the doubts you had over the past few days, in particular concerning the situation in the South Atlantic now behind you?
    “50% of the doubts have gone, and it’s still a bit of a gamble. We can’t be certain of everything, but we are gambling on a very strong likelihood. In the past, some projects had to wait for months and months to find the right weather opportunity. We have said we have to grab this opportunity.

    At what time will you be casting off on IDEC SPORT to head for the start line off Ushant?
    “Mid or late afternoon…”

    The crew of IDEC SPORT
    – Francis Joyon (FRA)- Bernard Stamm (SUI)- Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA)- Alex Pella (ESP)- Clément Surtel (FRA)- Borris Herrmann (GER)

    The Jules Verne Trophy in short: The crewed voyage around the world via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin, Horn). 26,400 miles on the theoretical route. The time to beat (Loïck Peyron’s crew: 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds). Average speed required: 20 knots on the Great Circle Route.

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    NEWSFLASH: The Spindrift 2 sailing team confirm that they will leave in the next 24 hours to start their attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy round-the-world record.

    Yann Guichard: “This is a good window and we can’t let it pass.”
    After analysing the latest weather files this morning, Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their team confirmed a start from Ushant in the next 24 hours on their round-the-world record attempt for the Jules Verne Trophy (the time to beat: 45 days, 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds). The wind is currently blowing at over 120 km/hour (75mph) at Pointe Bretagne with 5-metre waves. The skipper and the routing experts are now refining when the team will cast off from Brest (Malbert’s quay), but the likelihood is that the trimaran will cross the startline tonight.

    Yann Guichard: “This is a good window and we can’t let it pass. We’ve decided to leave Brest in the next few hours with a start on the round-the-world imminent sometime in the night from Saturday to Sunday. The North Atlantic descent will be fast – around five days to the equator. The conditions in the Bay of Biscay and during the first 36 hours will be really difficult. It’s going to make it fast downwind and that’s what we were looking for.”

    Dona Bertarelli: “We went to code green after seeing the latest weather file this morning, with a start tonight in tough conditions. We'll have to look after body and boat. There are still some uncertainties in the South Atlantic, where the weather models differ slightly, but we’re seizing our chance because we can’t ignore a window like this.”
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    November 23 Update:IDEC Sport

    The acceleration that began yesterday has continued during the night. IDEC Sport is speeding along averaging 30 knots under the area of high pressure and after her first day at sea has covered more than 700 miles.

    After setting off to tackle the Jules Verne Trophy record yesterday morning (Sunday), Francis Joyon’s crew is already down off Lisbon. Around 370 miles west of the Portuguese capital, IDEC SPORT moved to a more westerly route during the night with speeds remaining high with moments above 34 knots in heavy seas… A very impressive performance.


    Logically, the gain or loss over the reference time set by Banque Populaire V is up and down like a yoyo, as IDEC shifts from one side of the direct route to another after sailing close to the coast to that taken by Loïck Peyron and his men during their record. The numbers do not reveal much for the moment, as Francis Joyon and his men are following their own route based on the weather conditions and not that taken by the record-holder. That is why the numbers are bouncing around from being 45 miles behind yesterday morning to getting back equal in the evening and being slightly behind this morning (15 miles).It’s all a question of angles and geometry.

    That is not what counts in any case. At this point in her record, Banque Populaire had carried out three gybes, while IDEC Sport has not done any so far. What will count is the time to the Equator – which is predicted to be a record-breaking five days and then what happens afterwards in the South Atlantic. It looks likely that in the North Atlantic only one gybe will be required, as Marcel Van Triest, IDEC Sport’s router explained yesterday afternoon. With her new route heading towards the west, Francis, Bernard, Alex, Clément, Boris and Gwénolé are getting ready for this change of tack. To sum up, they are following their own route and doing very well. At 0600hrs this morning, they had already sailed 740 miles since leaving Ushant.

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    They have done it. IDEC SPORT gybed towards the south off Gibraltar. A few minutes later, the trimaran picked up speed under big gennaker and Francis Joyon was able to answer some of our questions for the first time since the start off Ushant. Remaining incredibly calm as ever, he told us about the “spectacular” conditions during the first 24 hours of racing, the aim of the gybe and how united the six crewmen have been aboard the big, red trimaran.

    Francis, you’ve just gybed, can you explain the situation to us?

    “Yes, we have moved to the port tack and hoisted the gennaker. The aim is to follow a route that will take us down to the Equator. The northerly air flow associated with the area of low pressure meant that we were heading further and further west, so the time came when we needed to follow a more direct route. At the moment we have a bearing of 180°, due south, heading straight for the Equator.”

    Does that mean that IDEC SPORT could cross the Equator after just one gybe?

    “One route indicated we will have to come back on the other tack late this afternoon, while another suggests we can continue all the way there. Our bearing has improved, so we’re hoping to continue straight ahead… and even if we have to gybe back to get lined up again, it’s not a serious problem.”

    Are you still hoping to cross the Equator in more or less five days?

    “That is what we are hoping for. Yesterday we found it hard to go as fast as we would have liked, the seas were very rough particularly off Cape Finisterre. The boat was bouncing around on the swell downwind… it was quite spectacular. But now that the sea has calmed somewhat in the past few hours, we should be able to reach our target speeds more easily.”

    “It was a bit hairy, with the boat going crazy…”

    Can you tell us about the first 24 hours of this attempt?

    “It was quite hairy. The boat was going crazy. The seas weren’t in the same direction as the wind, which complicates matters no end. The boat was really slamming at times… We made our way out of it without too much damage. We just have two or three little things to take care of, such as the protection for the helmsman, but there’s nothing serious. We have been quite lucky over the first 24 hours of racing, looking at the way the boat moves and the distance we have covered.”

    We get the impression you are quite pleased about this first part…

    “Yes. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a quick crossing of the Bay of Biscay. In spite of the waves and gusts, we haven’t been held up. We managed to keep up high average speeds and the fact that we’re now on the direct route south is pleasing too. It’s great!”

    What’s the atmosphere like with your crewmen?

    “It’s only natural that we’re a bit tired, as the pace has been hectic since the start. We haven’t had much sleep or had time to rest and haven’t eaten much. So, we’re pleased now to be able to eat without seeing the food go overboard or fall on the floor. We had to remain cautious in the squalls and we were extremely busy with the boat. Apart from that, we’re all helping each other out all the time. We have set up a watch system with frequent changes and that is working well. Everyone’s pulling together to get the boat sailing well.”

    “We’re going to accelerate”

    As you make your way south, you won’t be as cold on board…

    “That’s true. It was very cold on the first night and off Cape Finisterre. But now the temperature has climbed back up. Outside at daybreak, we could see some huge black clouds with squalls, but now the sun is breaking through and the skies are gradually clearing. It’s not impossible that we might get some bright weather later today, so that is going to be nice…”

    Has the sea state improved?

    “The pattern with a cross sea state making the boat’s passage very violent has eased. It’s much smoother now and so is very pleasant. Gwénolé (Gahinet) replaced me at the helm and the wind is picking up as I speak to you. I think we should be accelerating very soon.”

    In short


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    Port tack off Gibraltar

    At 1300hrs on Monday 23rd November, IDEC SPORT was heading due south at between 25 and 30 knots on the port tack, 650 miles west of the Straits of Gibraltar. Francis Joyon’s men had already sailed 900 miles since setting off from Ushant, 36 hours earlier. The distance sideways in comparison to the winning route adopted by Loïck Peyron and his men in 2012 (they sailed very close to the coast of Morocco) is now almost 400 miles. It is only when their routes come together again that the distance to the finish will have any real meaning, as Banque Populaire had to carry out a lot of gybes to get to the South Atlantic. That won’t be the case for IDEC SPORT, who is in with a chance of doing it with just one gybe. So we will have to wait and see to draw up any comparisons. In terms of the numbers, they look unfavourable for IDEC (77 miles behind). With the gybe, IDEC SPORT has got back to a good VMG – Velocity Made Good. And that is what counts.

    . The time to beat
    Loïck Peyron and his crew (Banque Populaire) with a time of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.

    . Deadline
    To smash the Jules Verne Trophy record, IDEC SPORT has to be back across the line before 1544hrs on Wednesday 6th January.

    . The crew
    The international crew on IDEC SPORT includes just six men: Francis Joyon (FRA), Bernard Stamm (SUI), Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA), Alex Pella (ESP), Clément Surtel (FRA) and Boris Herrmann (GER)

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    The picture over the Atlantic from Saturday, November 21 was a dream one for any Jules Verne challenger: an anticyclone in the North Atlantic and a low-pressure area in the Mediterranean. Between these two systems, a strong and consistent north-easterly at least until the Canaries. After that we'll see…




    Everything was perfect, right down to the smallest detail, as is clear in the top right of the images. Before going wild on the north wind motorway, it was necessary to get out of a patch of light wind that appeared overnight from Saturday to Sunday over Brittany.

    In theory, it’s easy. In practice, it’s obviously not so simple: in order to cross the start line north of Ushant, you have to leave Brest across the crop of rocks that protect it from the Iroise Sea. That’s never simple at night with rather large boats designed for large spaces.

    Finally, the start at around 0400 (UTC): heading west in a sluggish north wind, just enough to get 6 degrees west and finally fly south.

    Around 0600, there they were: driving fast in northerly wind of 30-40 knots. Squalls, gusts, 4-metre waves from the north. Sails reduced enough to descend south at 30-35 knots: 2 reefs and the small gennaker called “the string” by the observant and facetious sailors.





    Sunday afternoon: Spindrift 2 is already off Cape Finisterre. If you’d left in a car from Brittany at the same time you would have been left behind!

    Today (Monday): gybing in the morning to the east of the Azores is “The topic of the day”. This is a critical point of the trajectory: you can slip under the Atlantic anticyclone, on a starboard tack and then “cunningly” gybe south. The position you end up in then will decide the trajectory virtually until the doldrums.

    This is the usual dilemma:

    - Gybe too early and you may end up too close to the wind shadow of the island chains that watch over this road: the Canaries and the Cape Verde Islands.

    - Gybing too late and it’s bit like driving “backwards” towards the US coast whilst we’re actually trying to go south. Sailors don’t like that...

    So, we refine, we polish, calm the impatient and engage with the undecided.




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    Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
    Day 2 - 0745 GMT
    3.38 miles ahead of the record holder Banque Populaire V
    Distance covered from the start: 848 miles
    Average speed over 24 hours: 31.1 knots
    Location: approaching the Canaries

    We’re consistently downwind in a sea that seems to want to settle down a bit. Below deck, there’s a constant shake. We’ve been under a medium gennaker for about an hour (we previously had the small gennaker up), a sign that the wind is also gradually subsiding.

    But it’s all relative, there’s still 25 knots and we’re still regularly making top speeds of 35 knots, which is not bad for downwind. Also, we can clearly feel the temperature of the water and the air rapidly increasing. The first 24 hours were lively. Getting the small gennaker up was very wet and we had spikes up to 46 knots.

    Down below, you have to cling on to move without being thrown against a partition. To manage to eat, you have to be very hungry and to manage to sleep, you have to be very sleepy.

    The crew is good, everyone seems happy to be here. The boat is working well. We just had a little problem with water coming in by the daggerboard. We had a small pool of seawater, but nothing serious. Antoine (Carraz) dealt with that.

    On the strategic level, we are quite satisfied with the first 24 hours, and with this window. There’s a gybe to come and that is what’s occupying Erwan and Yann, who are taking turns at the chart table.

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    Current position of IDEC Sport (Red) and Spindrift 2 (Gold) and the reference to Banque Populaire (Blue)
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    14H34 GMT

    Message from Dona Bertarelli

    "Goodbye thermal layers, big oilies and boots. Hello Crocs, sunglasses and sunscreen! It's getting a bit warmer and it’s nice. We’re still flying in a fluctuating wind of around 20 knots – on a straight line to the equator. We could not have asked for a better trajectory.

    This morning we passed two sailboats. One of them, skippered by Gerald Véniard, an old Figaro sailor, joined us by radio. He left the Canaries yesterday and is delivering a boat to the Caribbean. It's good to come across people, as, once we’re in the Indian and especially in the Pacific Ocean, it’ll be more rare, actually, exceptional."








    Weather forecast by Jean-Yves Bernot :

    Tuesday, November 24: A trade wind system, 22-25 knots, direction east-north-east, quite unstable. Spindrift 2 is feeling the wind shadow of the Canaries, which is cast far below the islands.

    Wednesday, November 25: same punishment, same reason. Approaching the Cape Verde Islands in the morning. The trade wind there appears to be very unstable. By late afternoon, approaching the Doldrums (ITCZ), which looks, in theory, obliging.

    Thursday, November 26: Crossing the Doldrums, which as we’ve seen are not too active. An evening exit is predicted, with the crossing of the equator to follow on a south-east trade wind, which should be 15-20 knots.





    It’s drying out on Spindrift 2. The first 24 hours are truly in Spindrift 2's wake, and with them the inconveniences caused by a cross-sea, the cold and high speeds. So, the crew of Spindrift 2 have taken the opportunity to repair two or three minor issues on board, but especially to eat and rest. On the strategy side, yesterday’s gybe occupied everyone’s minds for a while. It may be the only one until the equator. That says a lot about the quality of the window that the team are striving to make the best of. The trimaran is approaching the latitude of the Canaries. The temperature is getting milder, the nights are clear and the speeds are still very high. However, the number of squalls is putting a strain on the crew. Last night, there was a lot of taking in and letting out of reefs. But descending the Atlantic “side-by-side” with Francis Joyon is a motivating force. Erwan (Israël, navigator) and Yann (Guichard, skipper) at the chart table are inevitably keeping an eye on what he does. On the menu today: flying in the still stable trade wind in the direction of Cape Verde, which the boat will reach in the next 24 hours. -





    Current position of IDEC Sport (Red) and Spindrift 2 (Gold) and the reference to Banque Populaire (Blue)

    The Canaries in two days

    Europe is already distant in her wake. After Madeira last night, this Tuesday morning Spindrift 2 passed 200 miles to the west of the Canary Islands. The air is warm, the trade wind strong and the descent rapid. Since gybing late on Monday morning, the crew have flown due south, towards the equator. The trimaran crossed in front of her 'virtual' rival, Banque Populaire V, on a consistent course with a benevolent wind.

    The trajectory was honed to avoid the trap of the wind shadow under the Canaries, which, with this north-north-easterly wind, can reach up to around a hundred miles (185 km) to the south of the highest islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, which have peaks of 1,950 metres and 3,700 metres respectively. Four years ago, the record holder gybed further east, near the Moroccan coast and passed very close to the island of La Palma.

    On round-the-world journeys, few days are as sweet as the ones ahead. Before struggling through the Doldrums, enduring the heat in their carbon capsule in the tropics and entering the southern hemisphere with the mischievous St Helena High, the Spindrift 2 team is racking up precious miles in more pleasant living conditions.


    - See more at: http://www.spindrift-racing.com/jule....R1wf6wq8.dpuf
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    Pretty cool that there are two of the Maxi Tri's on the course at the same time.

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    Shark vs Rudder On Idec Sport

    JOYON’S MEN ENJOYING THE TRADE WINDS



    Idec Sport in Red and Spindrift 2 in Gold with reference to Banque Populaire's 2011 course


    25 November 2015
    They are going full speed ahead. Even a shark caught in the rudder held them up for just a few minutes. Skippered by Francis Joyon, who is clearly on form today, the six sailors on IDEC SPORT are in great shape. Another hundred miles gained in 24 hours.

    “On a 6.50 Mini, it takes me thirteen or fourteen days to get to the Cape Verde islands. We’ve done it in three and a half.” In this one sentence, Gwénolé Gahinet sums up very well the extraordinary performance currently being achieved by the crew of IDEC SPORT. On Wednesday afternoon, Francis Joyon’s gang pocketed another hundred miles. After being 170 miles ahead of the record pace yesterday, it is now up to 270 miles at the same time today. This incredible pace, which has given them a lead of around ten hours over the reference time, was nevertheless disturbed by a rather unusual incident out at sea this morning.

    A shark caught on the rudder

    “I was at the helm and suddenly I noticed that it wasn’t responding well,” explained the German, Boris Herrmann. “Bernard went to take a look and we discovered a shark caught in the central rudder.” The incident may lead you to smile, but it nevertheless slowed down IDEC SPORT for several minutes, as they had to stop facing the wind, furl the sails, remove the shark, before hoisting the sails again and getting underway. “We then gave the appendages a check,” said a reassured Francis Joyon, “but everything is fine. I hope we didn’t hurt the shark, but in any case, he hasn’t harmed the boat. We checked everything and there are no problems. It’s all going well.” Any other technical problems? “Well, we did break a gas ring,” added Clément Surtel, who took part in the first live video link-up this morning (they take place every Wednesday at 1000hrs on the website)… He like all the other sailors on board was clearly pleased and was able to share his pleasure with us.

    Joyon: “Everyone is feeling good”

    Apart from that? “Well, we are doing 30-32 knots on the direct route and hope that will last for as long as possible,” said Francis Joyon, who was extremely pleased to be able to follow such a straight path, which offered speed and efficiency in terms of clocking up the miles. “During my 2007 round the world voyage, my route was fairly neat too, but this time it’s even faster. We are well within the record time and even have a lead, which is nice, as everyone is feeling good about that. In spite of feeling tired, we’re all happy to be here. Everything is going well with the lads and there is a very good atmosphere. You’ll have to ask them, but so far, they haven’t thrown me overboard….”

    We couldn’t find anyone who disagreed with Francis. “We’ve come this far in an incredible time, are in tropical temperatures, and all’s well,” stressed Boris Herrmann before telling us about how things are organised on board. Francis is outside of the watch system and the five others take it in turns every 90 minutes, which allows them to get 3 hours rest. “I’m finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that we’re sailing for 45 days. The first two were very impressive. There was a lot of slamming and everything was vibrating. It’s amazing on a boat of this size. It’s great fun steering he boat. We’re also taking advantage of the sights and some magnificent nights,“ Guéno Gahinet told us.

    They all expressed their pleasure of being there, trying to get the most out of the big red trimaran, while understanding how big the Atlantic is. Laughing, the Catalan sailor, Alex Pella asked for the Barelona football results, but also added, “Everything is going well. We’ve had a great trip down with very fine conditions. It’s really enjoyable.” That says it all, or almost. We almost forgot the first intermediate time to the Equator. The current reference time is 5 days and 15 hours. It is going to be shattered. At 1330hrs, IDEC SPORT was only 800 miles from the Southern Hemisphere. In three and a half days they have clocked up an average speed allowing them to sail 725 miles in 24 hours. You can work the rest out yourself.

    In short

    At 1330hrs UTC on Wednesday 25th November, IDEC SPORT was sailing at 31.9 knots at 13°46 North and 27°36 West, 180 miles south west of the Cape Verde Islands. Bearing: south (186°). Lead over the reference time: 272.3 miles.

    . The crew
    The international crew on IDEC SPORT includes just six men: Francis Joyon (FRA), Bernard Stamm (SUI), Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA), Alex Pella (ESP), Clément Surtel (FRA) and Boris Herrmann (GER)

    . Start
    IDEC SPORT set off at 02:02:22 on Sunday 22nd November.

    . The time to beat
    Loïck Peyron and his crew (Banque Populaire) with a time of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.

    . Deadline
    To smash the Jules Verne Trophy record, IDEC SPORT has to be back across the line before 1544hrs on Wednesday 6th January


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    Rushing Past The Cape Verde Islands



    Chatting over a coffee-grinder

    "Isn't it strange that we still haven't seen any flying fish?" I ask Seb Audigane, who is at his post at the traveller, ready to ease off the sail immediately if the wind picks up. "It won't be long," he replies.

    The water temperature indicator shows 22 degrees Celsius. Is it too hot or too cold for these small fish, whose wings allow them to leap out of the crest of the waves and fly several hundred metres on the water's surface?

    We've not seen many animals since we set off.

    "We've not even seen any dolphins, yet we saw some at every training session on Spindrift 2," I tell Seb.

    "We're going too fast for the dolphins," he replies. "Only bluefin tuna can swim this fast."

    But unfortunately there aren't many bluefin tuna, so they are a rare sight indeed. The bluefin tuna are currently listed as endangered species, so protecting them should be everyone's responsibility. We should stop eating them to help stocks recover so that our grandchildren can see them, and perhaps also eat them.

    At the current rate of consumption, there'll be none left. Not even in aquariums, because these migratory fish travel hundreds of miles, crossing oceans at speeds of 50 mph.

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    The word tuna is derived from the Greek thuno, meaning to rush.

    With torpedo-shaped streamlined bodies, Atlantic bluefin tuna are built for speed and endurance. They can even retract their fins to reduce drag, enabling them to swim through the water at incredibly high speeds. They are top ocean predators and voracious feeders, eating herring, mackerel, hake, squid and crustaceans. Unlike most fish they are warm-blooded and can regulate their temperature to keep core muscles warm during ocean crossings.

    Their incredibly beautiful metallic blue topside and silver-white bottom help camouflage them from above and below, protecting them from killer whales and sharks, their main predators.

    At 2-3 metres long, the Atlantic Bluefin is the largest species of tuna. One was reported to be 6 metres long! It’s incredible to think that they can dive deeper than 1 km.

    When Bluefin is prepared as sushi it is one of the most valuable forms of seafood in the world. The species is listed as ‘near threatened’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list. So let’s all think twice before buying some at our local markets. They might not be as cute as dolphins, but they are worth protecting!​








    10:22 GMT

    Message from Spindrift 2: To the west of Cape Verde.

    Spindrift 2 is heading south at over 30 knots, leaving the islands of the Cape Verde archipelago around a hundred miles to the east.

    The pace is still fast but we’re expecting to slow down during in the day, before tackling the next weather hurdle: the inter-tropical convergence zone, aka the Doldrums. It’s likely it will be tonight or tomorrow night. The exchanges at the chart table are intense.Yann and Erwan, supported by Jean-Yves, are laying down the strategy to navigate through.

    The temperature on deck is nice. However, it’s beginning to heat up inside the boat, where there is a certain mugginess. It’s difficult to ventilate by opening portholes without the risk of a wave rushing into the cabin. That’s what happened yesterday in the kitchen; the stove was partially flooded, which required a small cleaning operation. It was a small annoyance, quickly forgotten. The stove is back in action and the porthole closed. Spindrift 2 hurries on to the Doldrums.

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