First dip of the year
  • Maxi Spindrift 2
June 1, 2018

After a winter in refit, the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 was put back on the water earlier this week, Monday, May 28th. Launched at dawn from the Multiplast boatyard in Vannes, the black and gold multihull skippered by Yann Guichard, has been fitted with its former Route du Rhum mast. The operation to lift the world’s largest ocean trimaran back into the water is no mean feat, and while the team is very experienced in handling the 40metre giant, the procedure still requires complete concentration and very delicate control. Once back in the water, and fitted with its carbon mast, Spindrift 2 was delivered to her home port of La Trinité-sur-Mer already configured in race mode.

During the delivery sail from Vannes Ewen le Clech (Spindrift 2’s boat captain) was able to thoroughly check everything. "This winter we took advantage of the fact that she was out of water to carry out the necessary repairs following the dismasting. We also gave her a complete overhaul so that we are fully ready for this autumn’s Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. To undertake a challenge like this we need to ensure that the boat is in optimum condition so every single element has been scrutinised - such as the hydraulic system, the steering system and all the rigging. Every metallic elements has been x-rayed, and ultrasounds were used to check all the composite elements. The 38-metre mast used during the last Route du Rhum was also thoroughly checked. We still have a few days to finalise some of the last details and everything will be ready for the first sailings scheduled for mid-June."

The return to the water of the maxi-trimaran also marks the return to training for the team. With the Jules Verne Trophy remaining the prime objective of the 2018 season, training will now be focused on trying to reduce the record time of 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds set by Francis Joyon on IDEC in 2017. In addition to regularly sailing in Europe, the team has already scheduled two transatlantic between France and the United States ahead of the start of stand-by in mid-November 2018.

In parallel to this offshore racing program, Spindrift racing will be on the start line for the iconic Bol d'Or Mirabaud on 9 June on Lac Leman in Switzerland, where Dona Bertarelli’s crew will attempt to win a fourth title aboard Ladycat.