Foto Yann Riou
TASMANIA STRAIGHT AHEAD
Spindrift 2’s crew is spending its last night in the Indian Ocean. As the sun sets over Europe, it will soon rise under Australia, where the trimaran is currently sailing. They will pass under Tasmania in 15 hours. Geographers have defined the boundaries of the Indian Ocean as Cape Agulhas to the west (South Africa, longitude 20° East) and the South-east tip of Tasmania (Australia) to the East. The 90,000-square metre island, with half a million inhabitants, signifies to those hunting records that they have finished with the Indian and that they are now in the Pacific Ocean, which, in these latitudes, is the largest marine desert in the world. For now, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard’s crew is continuously tuning the sails to best exploit a wind that is regularly running out of breath as soon as the boat enters this ridge of high pressure, that has decided to keep moving forward, also due East, at 25 knots, but no more. Patience, then, and precision in manoeuvring to enable Spindrift 2 to keep up the most consistent speed possible...around 30 knots.
Day 20 – 17h00 GMT
54.92 nm ahead the current record holder
Distance covered from the start: 13,037.9 nm
Average speed over 24 hours: 29.2 knots
Distance over 24 hours: 701.1 nm