Jules Verne Trophy 2015 – With the icebergs and the Kerguelen Islands in its wake, the trimaran, Spindrift 2, has plunged south again. They are right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on the road to Cape Leeuwin, still 1,000 miles away, with a west-north-west wind that remains manageable at around 25 knots. But there is a relatively deep depression that has come from Madagascar approaching.
Following the damage to the port foil (in the lower section), which happened yesterday afternoon during a collision with an unidentified floating object, the sailors were able not only to maintain the boat’s pace, but also to repair a small leak without gravity, as they worked inside the carbon float.
Now back below 50° South, the crew have been making a ‘cruising’ speed of over 31 knots since 15:00 GMT. On this stretch of the road, Spindrift 2 and the record holder, have similar paths, with three gybes each from the Kerguelen Islands and a gain of almost 90 miles for Spindrift 2, which is currently 220 miles behind Banque Populaire V, the current world record holder
Day 17 – 17h00 GMT
– 221 nm behind the current record holder
– Distance covered from the start: 11,007.3 nm
– Average speed over 24 hours: 23.6 knots
– Distance over 24 hours: 565.5 nm