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Spindrift 2 forced to abandon Jules Verne Trophy record attempt

by Spindrift racing 1 Feb 12:05 PST 1 February 2019
Spindrift racing at the start of the Jules Verne Trophy. © Chris Schmid / Spindrift Racing

At 19h UTC Yann Guichard, the skipper of Spindrift 2, contacted his technical team ashore to report damage to the structure of the starboard rudder. Spindrift racing is challenging for the Jules Verne Trophy.

Having made a full assessment of the damage and possible repairs, the team has reluctantly concluded that they are unable to make the necessary repairs without compromising the safety and performance of the 40m trimaran.

"Because of this technical problem we have no choice but to stop this record attempt. It is a huge disappointment to all of the crew. We are now heading to the south east coast of Australia and expect to reach there in the next four days," confirmed Yann Guichard.

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