- ABOUT SPINDRIFT RACING
Based in the south of Britanny (France), Spindrift racing was founded by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard in 2011. The team operates three boats which compete in inshore and offshore races and participate in offshore record attempts: a M32 catamaran, a catamaran Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing and the 40-metre maxi-trimaran (Spindrift 2).
A team of experts
Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli decision to combine their passion and professional expertise to deliver projects at the very highest level of the sport is unique in the world of sailing. Managed by Yann Guichard, Spindrift racing is a professional sailing team that focuses on performing at the highest level of the sport, all the while looking to excel, both personally and professionally. The team also places enormous emphasis on sharing their experiences and knowledge through the Spindrift for Schools educational initiative.
Outstanding results, continuous growth
Over its first five years Spindrift racing has grown and flourished to become a benchmark in international sailing. The race team has already proven highly successful in all types of regattas and oceanic record challenges. All the while supporting the sporting challenges are well-established, solid and talented technical and communication teams with the ability to work equally well on land or at sea.
In the start Spindrift racing had two boats, the D35 catamaran Ladycat skippered by Dona Bertarelli and now three-time winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, and the 70 foot (21 metre) oceanic MOD70 catamaran, winner of the Transatlantic race and the Round Europe race.
In 2013 Spindrift 2, the largest sailing trimaran ever built, joined the fleet, a legendary craft that was built specifically for crewed records, including the Jules Verne around the world race trophy. A few months later Spindrift 2 won the prestigious Rolex Fastnet Race and secured their first record, the Discovery Route, for crossing the Atlantic from Cadiz in Spain to San Salvador in the Bahamas.
On their return the team set about adapting the giant 40-metre long multihull for Yann Guichard to sail solo in the 2014 Route du Rhum. The physical test was to be extreme but the result historic, he finished second having raced alone from Saint-Malo to Guadeloupe in just eight days.
INNOVATIVE RACES AND WORLD TOUR
The following season new avenues opened up and the successes continued. Cutting edge sailing changes fast and suddenly hydrofoil borne boats were literally ‘flying’. From 2015, Spindrift racing is now fully involved with key circuits, in particular on the GC32 Racing Tour, the foiling catamaran that can ‘fly‘ in winds of 10 knots. In that same year Spindrift racing wins the Tour de France when it races Diam 24 trimarans for the first time.
The World Match Racing Tour moves to the M32, the World Tour invites Yann Guichard to compete as the only French skipper in the upcoming 2016 circuit. For their first participation, they reached the 4th place of the leaderboard 2016. Once again on 2017 season, the team was determined to showcase their experience in multihull regattas and face an elite field with a lot of experience in match racing. The Spindrift crew took the 3rd podium place in the Match Racing World Championship 2017.
At the end of 2015 Spindrift racing launched its most ambitious challenge ever, taking on the world’s oceans and the reference time for the Jules Verne Trophy, awarded for the fastest passage around the world under sail.
In its previous colours Spindrift 2 had broken this coveted round the world record by setting a time of 45 days 13 hours and 42 minutes. During the winter of 2015- 2016 Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their 12 crew conquered this mythical 25,000 mile challenge, sailing around the world via the three great Capes to finish at Ushant at the tip of Brittany.
It was to be a wonderful passage, a truly remarkable human adventure, even if the time was to prove a tantalising 45 hours too long to break the record. Nonetheless they set the second fastest circumnavigation time in history and Dona Bertarelli became the fastest female sailor around the world.
In winter 2016/17, this record was broken again by Francis Joyon and his crew on IDEC Sport. In winter 2017 Spindrift racing will return to tackle the record again and try and create history in this elusive, extremely challenging record.