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Beware of the tropics

Driven by the trade winds, the trimarans are cruising through warm, turquoise waters. While the sailors are now clad in shorts and t-shirts, there are still nervous times ahead. The north-east wind has built up and stabilised at around 20…

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One gybe after another…

The race continues in the trade winds. Despite unstable winds, Spindrift 2 shaved another 20 nautical miles off Loïck Peyron’s lead last night, with 1,500 miles to go until arriving in Pointe-à-Pitre. Thanks to his perfect gybing over the past…

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Yann Guichard relentless all the way

“Physically, it’s like climbing Mount Everest,” Yann said in yesterday’s video recorded onboard Spindrift 2, the largest boat in the Ultimes class. Yet his clear, calm and collected voice could not hide the tired look on his face, clearly affected…

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Full speed ahead!

Having finally escaped the area of high pressure, Spindrift 2 picked up the trade winds during the night. Still lying in second position in winds that are once again ideal for high speeds, Yann Guichard is using the full power…

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Spindrift still lying in 2nd position to the west of the Canary Islands

After the stormy weather experienced during the first couple of days, the atmosphere has somewhat changed for the Ultimes on day 3 of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. Having passed Madeira, the fleet are now approaching the latitude of the…

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The pace eases off

After passing to the west of Madeira overnight, the Ultimes finally have some respite, with northerly winds easing off. Still in second position, Spindrift 2 is now approximately 100 nautical miles behind the leader Loïck Peyron. It was another intense…

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Day 2: Yann Guichard is on track at the start of this fast-paced Route du Rhum

The sailors are setting an astonishing early pace. With weather conditions described as “atrocious” up until this morning, the adrenaline is pumping at full speed. The fleet is visibly affected as a result, and a number of boats have already…

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Heading towards Madeira!

As the morning progresses, the fleet is sailing off the coast of the Iberian Peninsula towards Madeira. Loick Peyron still leads the field aboard Banque Populaire VII, followed by the giant gold and black trimaran Spindrift 2. Early yesterday evening,…

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Day 1: “It feels like she might break apart”

Twenty-four hours into the 10th Route du Rhum and strong words are being used to describe the race so far: vicious, violent, stormy, raging. The fleet battled through extreme conditions during the first night, with the wind continually changing in…

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Tough first night at sea for Spindrift 2

It was a restless first night at sea for those competing in the 10th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. Strong winds blew off the coast of Brittany at speeds of 30 knots, with gusts of up to 40 knots. A raging…

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