Dona Bertarelli has undertaken the most difficult and challenge experiencing in the sport of sailing: the Jules Verne Trophy. This legendary race around the world is open to any type of craft, provided that is propelled solely by the wind and the crew. This ultimate challenge, first made famous by Jules Verne in Around the World in 80 Days, offers a journey around the world’s three great Capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn) and on a circumnavigation of some 21,760 nautical miles (40,000 km).
The only woman among thirteen men, Dona reveals in this very personal story, the reality of navigation aboard the world’s largest offshore trimaran. With honesty and emotion, she takes the reader on a journey and shares her life aboard Spindrift 2 – the weeks without comfort, sleepless nights, freeze-dried food, cold and being apart from her three children.
But also she talks about the relationship that develops between the crew. The solidarity, mutual support and friendship of the fourteen people who live together during 47 days 10:59 minutes 2 seconds in a confined space and where feelings of elation and joy, face those of doubt, stress and frustration. The images that punctuate the text plunge us into rough seas and extreme weather experienced during the record attempt enriching it with a sense of the sea, cold and teamwork.
Dona Bertarelli is a businesswoman, philanthropist and sailor. She is the co-founder and skipper of Spindrift racing, whose multihull team is based in La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany.
All royalties from this book will be donated to The Womanity Foundation.
Texts in French only.