Not easy to meet, in the middle of the Pacific. The maxi trimaran Spindrift 2, by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard (vying for the Jules Verne Trophy, awarded to the crew that completes the round-the-world trip in the shortest possible time) found himself side by side with the other supermultihull that is attempting the same feat, Francis Joyon’s Idec Sport. This is not a good sign for the Swiss, as the Frenchman’s trimaran is a good 10 meters shorter.
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LAGGING (SLIGHTLY) BEHIND PEYRON
But the two teams are not at odds with each other. Both are aiming to break the record set in 2012 by Loick Peyron, on Banque Populaire V (45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds). They accuse a slight delay (275 miles Spindrift, slightly more Idec) after 23 days at sea. They are both currently following a more northerly course than that charted by Peyron.