Spindrift for Schools


Since the birth of Spindrift racing, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard have sought to share their passion for sailing, the sea and offshore sailing with children. The Spindrift for Schools programme was conceived as soon as the team decided to attempt the Jules Verne Trophy and has grown as the team has moved from one project to another.

Spindrift racing has worked alongside scientists and teachers to develop rich, engaging content to stimulate children’s imaginations. Launched several weeks ago for primary school teachers, Spindrift for Schools already has 25 partner schools: 17 in France, 8 in Switzerland.

We would like to help inspire children to want to make their dreams come true and to believe that with willpower, persistance and mutual support, we can give ourselves the opportunity to go all the way to the end of the challenges we set ourselves.
Dona Bertarelli et Yann Guichard, co-founder of Spindrift racing.

adventure book

The material available includes an adventure book designed for teachers of 7-12 year-olds and developed by Spindrift racing and Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly. This comprehensive, illustrated document uses the around-the-world tour as a platform to look at geography, history, science and the arts with the children.

Download the adventure book (French)

The material is supported by five chapters on the oceans, the climate and the water cycle. The lessons will soon be available for download from the Spindrift for Schools page on the team’s website.

Contest game with the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly "Challenge Jules Verne"

Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, which receives more than 12,000 students a year, has devised a fun game open to all school classes in France and Switzerland. Like Jules Verne did back in his day, the schoolchildren must design an “extraordinary machine” capable of beating Spindrift 2 in the around-the-world sailing record attempt. A jury formed by educational advisers, the Head of the Cité de la Voile programmes, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard will determine which entries best meet the criteria. The winning classes will be given the chance to visit the Cité de la Voile and meet the members of Spindrift racing.

Registration are open from 2nd of November to 31st of December 2015, delivery of the projects on 29th of February, jury's final decision on 5th of March 2016. Register here

Support the Crew

Send your encouragement, drawing, photos, songs and messages to Spindrift 2’s crew: spindrift.for.schools@spindrift-racing.com