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Interview with Dona Bertarelli onboard Spindrift 2 Entering the Southern Ocean

Spindrift 2, the world's largest racing trimaran, skippered by Yann Guichard, is currently racing on the Jules Verne Trophy round-the-world crewed record attempt, with a time to beat of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.

After rounding the Cape of Good Hope, Spindrift 2 entered the Southern Ocean this morning. 

Next, the maxi-trimaran has to negotiate the Indian Ocean, an ocean renowned for being the toughest, most extreme and the most dangerous, although it is the shortest section of this round-the-world voyage (at approximately 5,000 miles).

Dona Bertarelli talks of the weather conditions and their entry into the Southern Ocean in a exclusive interview in English.

  • Start and finish: a line between Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant island) and Lizard Point (England)
  • Course: non-stop around-the-world tour travelling without outside assistance via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn)
  • Minimum distance: 21,600 nautical miles (40,000 kilometres)
  • Ratification: World Sailing Speed Record Council, www.sailspeedrecords.com
  • Time to beat: 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds
  • Average speed: 19.75 knots
  • Date of current record: January 2012
  • Holder: Banque Populaire V, Loïck Peyron and a 13-man crew
  • Stand-by start date for Spindrift 2: October 19th, 2015

Yann Guichard, skipper
Dona Bertarelli, helmsman-trimmer
Sébastien Audigane, helmsman-trimmer
Antoine Carraz, helmsman-trimmer
Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, helmsman-trimmer
Christophe Espagnon, helmsman-bowman
Jacques Guichard, helmsman-trimmer
Erwan Israël, navigator
Loïc Le Mignon, helmsman-trimmer
Sébastien Marsset, bowman
François Morvan, helmsman-trimmer
Xavier Revil, helmsman-trimmer
Yann Riou, onboard reporter
Thomas Rouxel, helmsman-bowman
Jean-Yves Bernot, onshore router


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