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    Spindrift 2 Dismasted At Way To Start Of Jules Verne Record Attempt

    At about 1600h Spindrift 2 dismasted between Point St Matthieu and Camaret as they were making their way to the start of the Jules Verne Trophy.
    Everyone onboard is safe and the shore team is currently planning the recovery of the boat.
    More information available in due course.

    At about 1600h (CET) today, Monday 15 January 2018, Spindrift 2 was sailing just off Point St Matthieu and Camaret in Brittany on her way to the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy, when she dismasted.

    At the time the 40m trimaran was sailing at 15-18 knots of boat speed in 30 knot westerly winds and in three metre seas. Spindrfit 2 had two reefs in the main and the J3 (ORC).

    Yann Guichard, skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 says: "The crew is safe and sound. Everything happened so fast. The mast fell to the leeward of the boat. The conditions were not so extreme. It's too early to know exactly what happened. We had to drop the rigging to save the boat and prepare it for towing. Operations are currently underway to recover it.”

    Spindrift 2 will now return to Brest and is currently under tow and expected to arrive later this evening.

    After a false start on January 8th, the crew of the maxi-trimaran Spindrift, who had left Brest at 2:30 pm on Monday for a second attempt, dismasted 6 miles south of Pointe Saint-Mathieu, 16 hours while traveling to the starting line at Ouessant. Everyone is well on board and no one is hurt. The largest trimaran in the world has completely lost its mast. The mast and sails were dropped by the crew, to protect the platform. At the end of the day, Spindrift was towed by SNSM's "Notre Dame de Rocamadour". During the assistance operation, several means were committed by the Navy, including two school buildings. During record attempts, especially on the Jules Verne Trophy, propellers are often removed. The maxi-trimaran is expected in the evening, quai Malbert in Brest.

    "The crew is safe and sound," explains Yann Guichard, "everything happened very quickly, the mast fell to the leeward of the boat, the conditions were not so bad, for now it is too early to know What happened was that we had to dump the rigging to secure the boat and allow towing, and there are ongoing operations to recover it. " Spindrift 2 is currently towing towards Brest, it will moor at Quai Malbert in the evening.

    The Spindrift 2 is the largest trimaran in the world (40 m long, 23 m wide with a mast 42 m high), launched in August 2008 under the name Banque Populaire V, and became Spindrift in June 2013.

    Guichard has already been around the world in search of the Jules Verne Trophy 2 years ago with Spindrift. The navigator was launched in November 2015 with 13 crew members. He had failed by closing his circumnavigation on January 8, 2016 in 47 d 10 am, 2 days more than the current record at the time, 45 d 13 h 42 min by the French Loïck Peyron on Banque Populaire V on 6 January 2012.

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    "Yann Guichard and his crew arrived in Brest last night to start the Jules Verne Trophy. Despite a good though not ideal weather window, after two months on stand-by Spindrift racing has decided to take its chance and will leave the dock late this morning to be at the Créac'h lighthouse in the afternoon.

    The team was planning to start a week ago, but the weather further down the course did not materialise as anticipated. However, the area of depression that is currently sitting off the coast of Brittany has finally given the team the opportunity to start their challenge on the Jules Verne record. With strong conditions forecast for the start, the current files show the team reaching the equator in just over five days (5d 5h - 5d 10h), which will give them a cushion on the reference time set by Francis Joyon and his crew (5d 18h ​​59').

    The team is aiming to catch an area of depression off the coast of Brazil to give them a quick crossing of the South Atlantic towards the Cape of Good Hope.

    “We are now Code Green: the latest weather files confirm our departure from the pontoon around noon today, with a Jules Verne Trophy line crossing following quickly. The 25-30 knot wind from west to north-west will strengthen as we cross the Bay of Biscay, and we are expecting big seas with five metre waves. It looks like the first 12 hours will be hard going, but then the wind will soften off Cape Finisterre to more moderate trade winds, and we will be doing a lot of gybes towards the Canary Islands,” commented Yann Guichard as the last of the fresh food was taken onboard Spindrift 2.

    The Jules Verne Trophy record has been held by IDEC Sport (Francis Joyon and his crew) since January 2017, with a time of 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes. During that challenge the team took 12 days 21 hours 22 minutes to reach the tip of South Africa, so improving this time is one of the first objectives of Yann Guichard and his eleven crew.?

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    Spindrift 2: The Aftermath

    Spindrift 2 was ready for this new attempt around the world with a relatively favourable weather window, after a long two-month stand-by at La Trinité sur Mer and then in Brest, Brittany.

    With strong winds around Brest, the start from the pontoon was delayed to 1430h. Once Spindrift was into the Iroise, an area of open sea in front of Brest between the Atlantic and the Channel, the sea state was already well formed and the wind blowing at more than 30 knots with strong gusts. As the boat tacked towards the Ouessant Channel, with no warning suddenly Spindrift 2 dismasted. No crew member was injured in the incident.

    “Everything happened very fast! In a few seconds, the mast was down. We have been waiting for two months for this new attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy: this window was our last chance. It is a big disappointment for the whole team, both at sea, and on land as we were all ready. We have spent a lot of time optimising the boat, and everything collapses in a few moments,” said Yann Guichard.

    "We were heading to the start line: there were relatively strong conditions with 30 knots of wind and three metre troughs. A few moments before we were going to tack towards Pointe Saint-Mathieu, the mast broke for some unknown reason. The most important thing is that there were no injuries on board. Unfortunately we had to drop the mast into the sea as we did not want to take any unnecessary risks for the crew because we were very close to the rocks at Toulinguet. Operations are currently underway to recover the mast and rigging as quickly as possible, as the weather is set to deteriorate early tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. We will now start the process of understanding what has happened," he concluded.

    The mast, in pieces will be towed in separately...
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  3. #13

    To have the mast blow up like that must have been scary.

  4. #14
    I wonder if Virginie Le Namouric put a voodoo hex on the program?

  5. #15
    Maybe went to boat in the wee hours and whacked the pbo rigging?

  6. #16
    Maybe they went cheap on the refit and used the old standing rigging?

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