Yann Guichard and his 11-man crew aboard the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 are heading for Australia today after abandoning their around the world Jules Verne Trophy record attempt due to major damage to the giant multihull's starboard rudder.
Guichard reported the bad news to the team's shore support at 1900 UTC
They had to take the long way to get there but French skipper Yann Guichard and his crew aboard the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 have made it past the Cape of Good Hope – the first of the three great southern capes they will pass on their high-speed lap of
It took a lot of effort, including about a dozen back-breaking gybes of their monster-sized trimaran, but the crew of the French-flagged Spindrift multihull beat their own record time from Ushant to the Equator by an hour on their quest to win the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest fully-crewed
The round the world timer is officially ticking on the latest attempt by French skipper Yann Guichard and his 11-man crew aboard the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 after the team set off from a starting line projected off the island of Ushant at the south-western end of the English Channel.