- Maxi Spindrift 2
Spindrift 2 left her home port of La Trinité-sur-Mer at daybreak this morning and reached Brest at 4 pm CET after a 100-nautical mile delivery in windy conditions and rough seas. After a wonderful welcome from the locals, who are always passionate about sea voyages, the crew moored the trimaran up just a few feet behind the famous tow vessel Abeille Bourbon at Quai Malbert.
After arriving in Brest, skipper Yann Guichard, spoke about the delivery: “We had 30-knot winds and 4-5 metre waves. We’ll have to be prepared for a windy start as we must reach the first important milestone of the Jules Verne Trophy, the equator, as quickly as possible. It felt good today to be with the around-the-world crew for a few hours of hard sailing. We’ve spent three years preparing and a month on standby waiting for the right weather, so being in Brest marks the start of the attempt, especially as we’ll be looking for a departure window over the next few days. Francis Joyon and his crew are also preparing to leave from Brest. I hope we leave during the same window. It won’t necessarily change our strategies, because we’ll both go at our own pace, but having two crews will spice things up and make things interesting. Spindrift 2 and the crew are ready for this test of stamina. For now, we’ll all spend time with our families, but we’ll be ready to cast off as soon as we need to.”
The Spindrift 2 crew is observing a weather window at the weekend, but no departure is yet confirmed.
Pictures Eloi Stichelbaut / Spindrift racing