- ABOUT SPINDRIFT RACING
Based in the south of Brittany, the racing stable Spindrift racing was founded by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard in 2011. Spindrift racing runs four boats for several complementary projects: a M32 catamaran, a Decision 35 catamaran (Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing), a GC32 foiling catamaran and the 40 metre maxi-trimaran (Spindrift 2).
A team of experts
Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli, partners now for several years, have sought to combine their passion and profession to unite their skills and to engage in a joint venture. Directed by Yann Guichard, Spindrift racing is a team project dedicated to sharing experiences and knowledge. The team focuses on performance and the ability to surpass oneself in a professional and rigorous mindset.
All the team members are committed to the pursuit of excellence and meticulous attention to detail. A team of 30 people, who are among the leading experts in their field, are working with passion and urgency both at sea and on shore, so as to optimise these machines and succeed in the sporting challenges chosen by Spindrift racing.
Outstanding results, continuous growth
Launched in 2012, the MOD70 Spindrift trimaran joined the Multi One Design circuit and, within a few months, won the Krys Ocean Race (transatlantic race for crewed boats) and European Tour. The season concluded with victory at the Multi One Championship.
In 2013, the 70-foot single-design trimaran took part in another stage race around Europe, the Route des Princes, while the D35 Ladycat finished fourth in the Vulcain Trophy on Lake Geneva. July 2013 saw the start of a new chapter in Spindrift racing’s history with the launch of the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2. The 40-metre trimaran won the Fastnet Race on 12 August, then she set her first crewed record in November, completing the Discovery Route between Cádiz (Spain) and San Salvador (Bahamas) in just 6 days, 14 hours, 29 minutes.
In early 2014, Spindrift racing welcomed its first partners. Mirabaud and Genes-x joined the team as Gold Partners, while the Swiss watchmaker Zenith became Official Timekeeper. Out on the water, it was an action-packed and successful year, notching up three podium finishes. In the D35 class, the team won the Bol d’Or Mirabaud once again. They also finished third in the Vulcain Trophy. Finally, Spindrift racing closed out the year with a remarkable second-place finish in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe aboard Spindrift 2. Yann Guichard, the skipper, not only achieved the exploit of completing the race aboard the world’s largest trimaran, a boat designed primarily for crewed racing, but he finished on the podium in Pointe-à-Pitre.
2015, a year for crewed racing
In 2015, Spindrift racing evolved around a strong team with a busy race schedule, which helped prepare the crew for the Jules Verne Trophy. The sailors have competed on three professional multihull circuits: the Diam 24 trimaran circuit, on which they won the Tour de France à la Voile, the Decision 35 circuit in Switzerland, and the GC32 foiling boat races in Europe, in which they secured several podium finishes.
A NEW BASE
As part of Spindrift racing’s ongoing development, and in preparation for the Jules Verne Trophy record, the team’s infrastructure in Saint-Philibert (Brittany) has been specially adapted to fit the day-to-day lives of the sailors, technical staff and various different professionals which now make up the team. The size of the base will soon be 3,000 m2 and will include workshops, sailmaking facilities, briefing rooms, a performance cell, communication and merchandising space and a dedicated reception area for Spindrift racing’s partners: Mirabaud and Zenith.
Jules Verne Trophy 2015-2016
The sailors on Spindrift 2 crossed the finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy off Ushant at 15:01 UTC on Friday, January 8th, after 47 days 10 hours 59 minutes and 02 seconds at sea. After nearly 29,000 miles travelled at an average speed of 25.35 knots, Spindrift 2 closed the circle on its first voyage around the world by claiming the third fastest time in history. The crew, led by Yann Guichard, did not beat, on this attempt, the time set by Loïck Peyron (they were slower by 1d 21h 16’ 09”), whose record of 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes was still the one to beat. However, they were 20 hours 45 minutes 50 seconds faster than the time set by Franck Cammas in 2010, over this always demanding course.
During its high-speed journey, the black and gold trimaran also improved Ushant-Equator record time and held, for a few hours, the record for the crossing of the Indian Ocean. One woman among 13 men on this record attempt, and the first to complete a Jules Verne Trophy course, Dona Bertarelli is now the fastest woman to sail around the world.