Newsflash The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the southern hemisphere
After setting sail from Ushant on Sunday 10 January at 01:33 UTC on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the equator this Friday 15 January at 14h48'32'' UTC, after 5 days 13 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. Though this first passage time is a far cry from the outright record for this section, which has been held since 2019 by Spindrift Racing in a time of 4 days 19 hours 57 minutes, it has nevertheless enabled the sailors of Gitana Team to make the switch into the southern hemisphere with a lead of nearly six hours over the time set by Idec Sport.
A film review of the first days of the record in the North Atlantic

It’s Saturday 9 January at 15:00 UTC and the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is ready to leave her port of registry, Lorient, to make for the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy.

It is 01:33 UTC on the morning of Sunday 10 January when the six sailors set off on the quest for the round the world record under sail under the benevolent light of Le Créac'h lighthouse. 

The first hours at sea are bracing, especially along the Iberian peninsula, and conditions are wearing for the sailors.

First drone flight offshore of Madeira on the evening of the 2nd day at sea
High-speed flight in the trade wind 
A bruiser of a doldrums 

 

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