Trophée Jules Verne : les dernières infos Tip & Shaft

The Jules Verne Trophy rewards the fastest crew to complete a non-stop round-the-world tour under sail. Find the latest news and investigations from Tip & Shaft on the subject.

The Famous Project Alexia Barrier

How Alexia Barrier launched her Famous Project

Last Tuesday at the Paris headquarters of Unesco Alexia Barrier officially launched her Famous Project, outlining her 100% female Jules Verne Trophy challenge which will be aboard Idec Sport, supported by the CIC and the Idec Group. Tip & Shaft tells you how the sailor managed to set up this Famous Project.

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Sails of change

Is the Jules Verne Trophy still accessible?

Although Gitana Team is extending its stand-by for a few more days, the Spindrift Racing team announced on Wednesday that, after four months of fruitless waiting, it is giving up on tackling the Jules Verne Trophy for this season. Never has the crewed round the world record which has been set by Francis Joyon since 2017 been held for so long.

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Alexia Barrier à l'arrivée du Vendée Globe

How Alexia Barrier plans to take on the Jules Verne Trophy

Last January 13 Alexia Barrier announced the launch of The Famous Project which has the  aim of challenging for the the Jules Verne Trophy in 2024 with a 100% female crew.  Barrier was a finisher on the last Vendée Globe, but lacking real experience in oceanic multihulls, the 40-year-old Mediterranean sailor admits she will be “following her instincts”. Tip & Shaft learns more.

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Brian Thompson won Cape2Rio on the former Prince de Bretagne with a South African team

Brian Thompson: “I have always had the ambition to do the solo Jules Verne”

Brian Thompson holds more ocean sailing records than any other British sailor, around the world with Steve Fosset in 2004 and in 2012 with Loick Peyron on Banque Populaire V. He was on Mike Samderson’s winning ABN AMRO crew in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-6 and raced to sixth place on the 2008-9 Vendée Globe. Right now he enjoys a niche as the ‘go to’ super reliable man in what is proving to be an active group of Multi 70s and recently won Cape2Rio victory on the former Prince de Bretagne. Tip & Shaft caught up with Thompson…..

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Yann Guichard Trophée Jules Verne

Yann Guichard: “Spindrift 2 has the potential to beat the record”

On stand-by for a renewed attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy since early October, Spindrift 2, which had to turn back a year ago after a rudder failure has then had to stand down from the end of the month as problems with the new rudders emerged and they have had to go into the boatyard. Now, Yann Guichard and his crew of eleven sailors are back on stand-by, hoping for a window before mid-December. It’s a good time for Tip & Shaft to talk with the skipper.

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