By switching hemisphere at 0131hrs GMT (0231hrs French time), the crew on Spindrift 2 managed to break the five-day barrier for the Ushant-Equator course.
The new record time is now 4 days, 21 hours, 29 minutes (the previous record held by Loïck Peyron and his crew on Banque Populaire V was 5 days 14 hours and 55 minutes). The trimaran is now en route to the Cape of Good Hope and must negotiate the southern hemisphere trade winds and the St Helena High.
IDEC SPORT, which is in dual pursuit of the Jules Verne Trophy, crossed the equator in 5 days and 1 hour. Skipper Francis Joyon and his team started almost two hours before Spindrift 2.
As of 1615UTC
Distance to finish: 20021.8 nm
Distance for 24 hours: 590.0 nm
Distance ahead of record: 380.91 nm