D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing gets back on the water!
  • Ladycat
August 29, 2014

With the summer break coming to an end, the D35 will return to competition on Lake Léman this weekend. The first of this season’s final three Grand Prix regattas will be the Open Nationale Suisse, which will commence tomorrow in Versoix. Following their victory in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in June, the crew of Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing will battle to retain their podium position against strong competition.

The Spindrift racing team, which is led by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, currently lies in 3rd position, with 18 points after five regattas. Mobimo is 4th, also with 18 points, and Team Tilt is 5th, with just one more point. In the remaining regattas, Ladycat is aiming to stay in the top three, and perhaps even challenge the teams occupying the top two positions - Alinghi (11 points) and Realstone (14 points).

The crew are ambitious, but all too aware of the stiff competition they face. “We have many strengths”, explains Dona Bertarelli. “There is a strong sense of togetherness, as our crew are just as comfortable aboard Spindrift 2 as they are on D35 Ladycat. We also ended the first part of the season with a fantastic victory in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, which obviously gives us great confidence. Yet we know that one of the things which makes the D35 circuit so special is that it is so tough. The slightest mistake can be very costly.

We respect our opponents, most of whom regularly sail small multihulls, either in the D35 or Extreme 40 categories. They are also accustomed to racing on windward-leeward courses, which is basically the format of the next three Grand Prix regattas.

We will therefore treat the remaining races with the utmost respect, especially the final race in September. The regatta runs over three days and, with an extra day’s racing, consistency becomes even more important. We can expect the final to be a closely contested affair. As the championship draws to a close, the pressure will go up another notch, especially for me in my role at the helm.”

Xavier Revil, a key member of the crew.

Yann Guichard is currently training offshore in preparation for the Route du Rhum, sailing Spindrift 2 single-handed from the Azores to La Trinité-sur-Mer. Dona Bertarelli also has an intense autumn schedule planned across her different activities.

Xavier Revil will therefore stand in at the helm of Ladycat for the Open Nationale Suisse and the Grand Prix Grange & Cie (6-7 September). A long-standing member of Spindrift racing, both out at sea and on Lake Léman, Xavier is an accomplished and versatile sailor who has already won the D35 circuit twice and taken the helm of Ladycat on several occasions.

“Xavier Revil is fully committed to the Spindrift racing team,” says Dona Bertarelli. “He is a key member of the crew and copes perfectly with pressure. Yann and I have every confidence in him.”

Upcoming events in the Vulcain Trophy:
August 30-31: Open Nationale Suisse – Club Nautique de Versoix
September 6-7: Grand Prix Grange & Cie – Yacht Club de Genève
September 19-21: Grand Prix SAP – Société Nautique de Genève

Crew of Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing for the Open Nationale Suisse:
Christophe Espagnon
Jacques Guichard
Erwan Israël
François Morvan
Xavier Revil
Erwan Tabarly

Open Nationale Suisse schedule:

Saturday, August 30th:
11:30am, first warning signal, maximum 6 races
Sunday, August 31st:
11:30am, first warning signal, maximum 6 races
4:00pm, latest possible start time
5:00pm, prize ceremony

Current standings in 2014 Vulcain Trophy, after five events:
1 – SUI 1 – ALINGHI: 11 points
2 – SUI 7 – REALSTONE: 14 points
4 – SUI 9 – MOBIMO: 18 points
5 – SUI 5 – TEAM TILT: 19 points
6 – SUI 4 – ZEN TOO: 25 points
7 – SUI 11 – VELTIGROUP: 39 points
8 – SUI 2 – OKALYS: 39 points
9 – SUI 3 – ORYX: 45 points
10 – SUI 8 – RACING DJANGO: 48 points