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We’re not suspicious types, but it’s hard to keep calling it ‘coincidence’ when a yacht seems downright cursed.  Ever since the blue Banque Pop colors were replaced with the black and gold Spindrift livery, the former Jules Verne-owning Spindrift has gone from one catastrophe to another.

The boat has seen broken bit-ending record runs, an awful injury (and criminal charges) from a collision with a RIB, and one failed or barely started round-the-world effort after another, and as of an hour ago, she’s just dismasted on the way to yet another Jules Verne attempt.

Yann Guichard, skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 said: “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.”

Here’s the problem: The next generation of bit RTW trimarans is much, much quicker than Spindrift’s generation, and now that she’s lost a million-dollar mast, doesn’t it make more sense for the Dona Bertarelli-funded team to just buy or build a new one?

It has to be more successful than the old – or at least, less cursed… Picture thanks to Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing.

 

January 15th, 2018 by admin

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Huge thanks to longtime ocean racing Anarchist “Laurent” for the excellent translation of this long dockside interview with Francois Gabart. Some real surprises in here, and some gems. Original here.

Journalist: “Not only you break the record, but you shattered it!”

FG: “yes, I do not know the global history of records, but yes… I did not expect that. To be honest, I had a slight hope to break the record, but to break it by that much, I would never have thought…”

Journalist: “What are you the most proud of?”

FG: “I am the most proud of all the work we did with the team and his boat, since…. I can’t even recall the number of years! 2, 3 or 4 years since we launched this project. We made a super boat, and a super trip. I am proud of this trip.”

Journalist: “how do you rank the emotions of today?”

FG: “You should not rank or compare emotions… but it is huge….”

Journalist: “… ” (can’t hear what the lady is asking)

FG: “it was unreal last night, in pitch black! In the middle of fishing boats. There was a fisherman right on the finish line! I called him on the radio and asked him if I could pass on the right… “Yeah, sure, no problem”… It was strange… but to be here, now with all of you, it feels really strange as well!”

“As I said prior to the start, you need 3 parameters to succeed:

– a good weather window

–  some luck, and I definitely got some luck; maybe if I had not left on November 4th, maybe if I had left 3 hours later, I would have missed this good weather window in the South Atlantic…

– and then once you have this good weather window in the South Atlantic, you had to hang to it!”

Journalist: “Did you hide anything?”

FG: “NO! I did not hide anything. If it had been a race, it would have been different. I tried to share as much as possible. By decency, there are a few things you do not say, but it has been hard, you know it, I said so. I was on the edge, all the time. This is what I wanted to do. And I did it.”

Journalist: “Do you have a word for Thomas Coville?”

FG: “I want to thank both boats from last year. First Thomas pushed me like never before. I think that if there hadn’t been the record by Thomas, I would not have done as well. That’s for sure. He boosted us to do better.  And even Francis Joyon with crew after that. It was very re-assuring, after Thomas record. For sure, they were 6 on board, but if they can do it in 40 days, maybe there is a way to do better than 49 days, solo.  Both boats last year made me dream, and pushed me. If I am here today with this timing, it is in part because of them.”

Journalist: “did you imagine to have a virtual competitor, right behind you, to boost you?”

FG: “I told myself to be full throttle, all the time, what ever happens. Whether you are ahead or behind, try to do the best, the best you know, from start to finish, without taking thoughtless risks, but without slowing down… So I have been racing against the daily routings. You always try to nibble a few more miles here and there.”

Journalist: “did you know it was going to be so tiring?”

FG: “yes, I was expecting that.”

Journalist: “when did you tell yourself “it’s in the bag”? Or did you wait until the finish line?”

FG: “comparing to Vendee Globe, this time around, I have known for the past few days that the record should be broken, unless there is a technical problem. That being said, the technical risk is very present from first to last day, even more so towards the end, when the skipper is tired…”

Journalist: “Is it stronger emotions than the Vendee Globe arrival?”

FG: “you should not classify emotions… I wanted it to be as big as the Vendee Globe. And here, it is great (FG choking)”

Journalist: “you talked a lot about tiredness, how do you feel?”

FG: “I hurt everywhere…. everywhere… I have been hurting everywhere for weeks now. I don’t sleep; last night I did not sleep… I am exhausted.”

Journalist: “does it feel good to cry”?

FG: “yes; it feels good.”

Journalist: “what new challenge could you give yourself? What about the Mini-transat, it is the only race you have not done!”

FG: “the mini-transat, I don’t think so…”

Journalist: “did you talk about that with Michel Desjoyeaux, on the water, after the finish line?”

FG: “He was wondering about that… But I am not too worried about that. There are wonderful boats. This boat flew once in a while, but not for long. In a very short time, we will be able to fly, around the world. It is coming around the corner; tomorrow!”

Journalist: “would you go back to break your own record?”

FG: “not right now!!!

What would make me dream right now, flying around the word, yes, that would be appealing. I think that with a crew, we are not far from it, with a crew you should be able to fly 90% of the time. And it is going to go very-very fast.

This record is going to be broken, and it is going to be broken soon and by a large margin!”

Journalist: “but what about the right weather?”

FG: “yes, but if the boat flies in 15 knots wind speed, and goes twice as fast, the right weather, we will find it! Of course it is not going to be easy. I sure hope so! I hope that the next person is not going to think that it is a done deal before the start! Of course, it is going to be hard for the next one, but he will break the record; for sure. And he will break the record by a lot! I am convinced of it!”

Journalist: “if you have been in a crewed configuration, what would be different? Any faster?”

FG: “I would be less tired… And it would have been faster. For instance, the last high pressure ridge, right before the end, it is holding on to just a few % faster in the Trade Winds, and you can avoid the ridge, and maybe shorten the course by 24 or 36 hours… But we will never know…

There are some parts, when you go very fast under autopilot, like the end of the Pacific Ocean and the beginning of the South Atlantic, it would not have changed much to be with a crew…

Now, all the transition periods, where there are a lot of maneuvers, for sure, it will be faster with a crew. But first of all, I would not be as much tired. With a crew, you trust the others and you can really rest.”

Journalist: “what are you the most proud of?”

FG: “I am proud of the boat and all the work we did with the team before the record. When we started this project 4 years ago; we started from a blank sheet of paper. There was no Ultim. Of course, there were already Sodebo and Idec, these beautiful big boats, but there was not the dynamic there is today around Ultim Class. I thank Macif, because it was audacious. And they went for it, and we went for it and we made a wonderful boat. I am proud to gather the team, to conceive, and build this boat.

And then I am proud of being up to the boat. This boat deserved to go fast. There were times when I thought I cannot ease up, I cannot slow down; this boat wants only one thing: go fast!

I am proud of this boat, and I am proud to be up to the challenge of sailing this boat.”

“The feelings are wonderful; the Vendee Globe was incredible; here also it is incredible. I do not want to compare. It is new; and maybe the hardest part was to live again something as strong as the Vendee Globe. Everybody, ALL of YOU,  were telling me at the end of the Vendee Globe: “you are never going to live something as beautiful again…”. You all said that. But no… and here we are. There is always a way to do well, better, different. And it is beautiful”.

Journalist: “you have won the Vendee Globe, the Route du Rhum, the Transat Jacques Vabre,, this is your first record. Did you like this new way of sailing?”

FG: “yes, I liked it. I think it came at the right time. I have been sailing competitively for the past 20-30 years. But here you are all alone, facing yourself. It was the right time. In life, there are the right times for the right things. And here, it was the right time.”

Journalist: “François, there are guys saying that you are very lucky…” (the journalist is using a French colloquial saying that I cannot translate…)

FG: “yes, it is true, I am lucky. You cannot do that without a bit of luck. Then of course, you have to be looking for it, trigger it, and fight for it. But I got some luck.

Journalist: “what do you feel right now?”

FG: “tiredness first… some relief… happiness, pleasure to see you all… a lot of beautiful things…”

Journalist: “how do you sleep while sailing at 35-40 knots? Do you have to be dead-tired to fall asleep”

FG: “it is the challenge, sleeping at 40 knots, living at more than 40 knots… You have to trust the boat, you have to trust yourself. This is the difficulty single handed. Let the boat go fast. But I won’t hide from you that sometimes, it is pretty hot…”

Journalist: “how do you feel coming back to land?”

FG: “it is rather brutal… it is not violent, but yeah, it is a bit “in your face”… Last night, it was a bit strange. You are all alone, in pitch black, then the first boats arrive, and they put bright spot light on you; you can’t see a thing… I felt like a hunted wild beast. I could not cope with it. I stayed inside. It was too much too fast”.

Journalist: “does it mean you wanted to stay at sea?”

FG: “No, I am super happy to be back on land. I was happy at sea, though…”

Journalist: “what is the first thing you want right now?”

FG: “I want to spend some time with everybody, take a shower, and get some sleep. I think I need it….”

December 18th, 2017 by admin

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He’s got the sailing prowess of Michel Desjoyeaux, the sponsor skills of Alex Thomson, and the looks of a goddamned underwear model, and Francois Gabart and the foiling Macif trimaran are on the verge of destroying the solo RTW record,  The Golden Boy will incredibly be just a couple days outside the outright RTW record set by IDEC last year, and if not for IDEC, this solo effort would have also been a Jules Verne winner.  By how much will Macif beat Peyron’s Banque Populaire Jules Verne run?  Roughly 6 days, and we don’t know that there is any other human on the planet that could equal this singular accomplishment.

We’ll have the live finish up on the front page as soon as it’s available – check the thread for the very latest of everything.

 

December 16th, 2017 by admin

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Francis Joyon and the crew of IDEC Sport are doing incredible things out there as they blaze their way to a likely smashing of the outright round-the-world record.  After watching the video above, we are, quite simply, in awe, and praying for no record-ending problems.  There’s up-to-the-minute info in the thread, and a nice graphical interface for the trip here.  Below is a translation from SA’er ‘Laurent’ of the latest info regarding light air and repairs:

“We are in some kind of ridge that is regenerating itself as we progress. Eventually, two wind systems from the general direction of South East will merge and become the true SE Trades wind. We should be able to use it up to the Equator. We should escape from the current light variable winds sometime in the middle of the night.
 
“We had some computer problems. We fixed the bow and then the mainsail traveler. We had to dismantle it and put it back together. The gennaker furler drum freed itself and dinged the hull in a dozen places. I fixed the small holes to make sure that the honeycomb will not get torn off by waves. We took advantage of the light winds to fix everything. One hour wasted now does not delay our crossing at the Equator. Whether we go fast or not right now does not really matter.
 
“We go fast because the guys cannot help themselves… As soon as there is a puff, they trim in the sails, and then we fall in the next wind hole… It is in their nature, you cannot stop them. It is just as well like this.

Also, Marcel van Triest explains that between a close-to-Argentina route, with a lot of close hauled sailing and a looong curved route towards the East, they decided to take a median route. It is a little bit “chaotic” (fast, stop, fast, stop) but they are satisfied with it.

 

January 17th, 2017 by admin

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Former VOR Dongfeng media crew Yann Riou picks up where he left off as one of sailing’s visual poets, this time aboard the maxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 as she continues her assault on the Jules Verne Trophy.  It’s a beautiful, English-subbed look at the kind of work these bad boys do when things calm down, complete with aerials from the on-board drone.  And don’t forget – Francis Joyon and crew are going for the same outright round-the-world record as Bertarelli/Guichard on S2, and the two boats are almost within spitting distance of eachother!

Don’t bother with the official trackers – SA’er “Volodiaja” has built his own “Universal Tracker” complete with all sorts of tricky functions; follow the two fastest ocean-racing sailboats on the planet right here. Talk about it in Ocean Racing Anarchy.

November 30th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 12.01.54 PMLive view dashboards have been getting a little dull over the past couple of years, so we’re pretty excited to see how the newest toy from Yann and Dona and the Spindrift 2 team works as they get ready for their assault on the outright RTW record.  Aimed at both sailors and the many thousands of school children they’ve recruited as fans and spectators, the new S2 Jules Verne tracker has all sorts of fun things to play with for every level of fan and sailor during a dark winter.  Bookmark it now so you don’t miss any of their assault on the baddest record of them all.

Tanguy and Sam have a decent live dash as well as they mix it up on the way to Brazil for the TJV; every year, we get closer and closer to sitting in their cockpits…and some still insist that ‘sailing ain’t a spectator sport.’

November 5th, 2015 by admin

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