- ABOUT SPINDRIFT RACING
Based in southern Brittany (France), Spindrift racing is a professional sailing team that was founded by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard in 2011. Today Spindrift racing has a fleet of two multihulls – a TF35, a 35foot catamaran from Lac Leman, and the 40metre maxi trimaran, Spindrift 2. The team participates in international sailing events, both inshore or offshore.
An owner's team
Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli have been a couple for several years and have sought to combine their passion and their professions and bring together their skills to develop a common endeavour. From this Spindrift racing was born: a project uniquely linked to their love of sporting challenges. Led by Yann Guichard the team’s aim is to excel in performance, professionalism and exactitude. Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard have garnered a strong team of people, both on land and on water, who uphold and reflect their passion and attention to detail.
From Leman to the Ocean
When it started Spindrift racing had two boats, the D35 catamaran Ladycat skippered by Dona Bertarelli and now four-time winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, and the 70foot (21m) 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 boat that was built specifically for crewed records. Shortly after this giant of the sea won the prestigious Rolex Fastnet Race and shortly after secured the team’s first record, the Discovery Route, for crossing the Atlantic from Cadiz (Spain) to San Salvador (Bahamas).
On their return the team set about adapting the 40metre long multihull so that Yann Guichard could sail the 2014 Route du Rhum solo. The physical test was to be extreme but the result historic. He finished second having raced the giant trimaran single-handed, from Saint-Malo to Guadeloupe in just eight days.
NEW EVENTS, NEW CHALLENGES
The following season new avenues opened up and the successes continued. Cutting edge sailing changes fast and suddenly boats with hydrofoils were literally ‘flying’. In 2015, Spindrift racing invested in these innovative new sailing circuits, in particular on the GC32 Racing Tour, the foiling catamaran with the ability to ‘fly‘ in winds of just 10 knots. In that same year Spindrift racing won the Tour de France a la Voile, which was raced for the first time in the Diam 24 trimaran.
The World Match Racing Tour selected the M32 catamaran, and the World Tour invited Yann Guichard to compete in the 2016 circuit as the only French skipper. Spindrift racing finished in fourth place on the leaderboard on their first participation. The following year, the team again used their experience in multihull regattas to face the elite field of match racers and the Spindrift crew finished third in the 2017 Match Racing World Championship. Bitten by the challenge involved in this type of racing, the team took part again in 2018 and 2019. While the change in ownership of the World Match Racing Tour somewhat disturbed the last seasons, in 2019 the team took fifth place at the M32 world championship in Marstrand.
Offshore, Spindrift racing continues with its ambitious challenge to attempt the Jules Verne Trophy, awarded for the fastest passage around the world under sail.
During the winter of 2015- 2016 Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their 12 crew completed the mythical 25,000-mile course, 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 at the time. Nonetheless they set the third fastest time for a circumnavigation in history and Dona Bertarelli became the fastest female sailor around the world.
In the winter of 2018-2019 the team made a renewed attempt, and established a new record time from Ushant to the Equator of 4 days, 20 hours and 7 minutes. Damage to the starboard rudder forced the team to abandon the attempt, while they were sailing within the record time, off the coast of Australia.
The crew once again tries to beat this record at the end of the year 2019, but are forced to stop following rudder malfunction. The record still remains to be beaten, and the sailors of Spindrift racing will once again attempt the challenge this winter.