SPINDRIFT 2 REGAINS GROUND IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
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.
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
Minor damage to Spindrift 2’s port foil
Yesterday, (Monday, December 7), in the late afternoon, the port foil* of the trimaran, Spindrift 2, was damaged in a collision with an unidentified floating object to the north of the Kerguelen Islands. The 'winglet' broke in the collision. The crew immediately carried out a thorough diagnosis, especially inside the float, where a small leak in the foil shaft was sealed by the composite specialists on board, as soon as conditions allowed. It is still too early to say how much Spindrift 2’s performance has been affected. The round-the-world record attempt is not in jeopardy.
* Foil: a 4.5-metre long crescent-shaped piece of carbon, which runs through each of the trimaran floats, on both the starboard and port sides. These foils, once submerged, enable the boat to lift gently and then accelerate. The 'winglet' is added to the end of foil to improve efficiency and performance.
Congratulations Marie Riou & Billy Besson #MarinAnnée15! Our time on Ladycat is not that far behind us.
De l'air, du rêve et des embruns, grâce à @FrancisJoyon @spindriftracing #TropheeJulesVerne https://t.co/Xx4UFjSMoe pic.twitter.com/sNs3gGwOi0
— Sandrine Chesnel (@SChesnel) 8 Décembre 2015
Picture taken yesterday by Yann Riou onboard Spindrift 2 - Kerguelen Islands
Back in the forties
Day 17 à 6h00 GMT
Position : 50.21.94’ S et 78.09.67 E
265 milers behind the record holder Banque Populaire V
Distance covered from the start: 10 689 miles
Distance traveled over 24 hours: 547,4 miles
Speed over 24 hours: 22,8 knots
Sails: Mainsail et Gennaker medium
Sea temperature: 3° C
Wind West-North West: 23,5 knts
Wave: 3,5 mètres