Crossing the Atlantic alone as a training exercise
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This week, the skipper of Spindrift 2 will begin his preparations for the Route du Rhum by bringing the maxi trimaran to France on his own. An ideal warm-up! Spindrift 2 will leave Newport on August 19th and head for La Trinité-sur-Mer, where the boat is usually moored. “This transatlantic crossing from Newport will enable me to get into full Route du Rhum mode,” explains Yann. “When onboard with the crew, it’s like being an orchestra conductor, but for the Route du Rhum I will be alone on stage. I will be up against the leaders of single-handed sailing, which is not really my speciality. That said, I have many other strengths, in particular extensive knowledge about sailing on multihulls.
With three months to go, I am immensely excited about this challenge, yet appreciate the need to be meticulous with my preparation. Training will start straight away with this Atlantic crossing, which presents an ideal opportunity. ” Commenting on his preparation, Dona Bertarelli added: “With the support of the team, my aim will be to allow Yann to forget about all other aspects and remain concentrated on the challenge that awaits him. We want him to be in the best possible physical and mental state when he arrives on the start line on November 2nd. "