Ladycat finished fourth in the Grand Prix d’Ouverture for the 2015 D35 Trophy
  • Ladycat
May 10, 2015

The eleven 35-foot monohulls faced capricious weather and water conditions in the D35 Trophy Grand Prix d’Ouverture this weekend in Geneva. Squalls and lulls prevented any races from taking place on the opening day, on May 8th. Dona Bertarelli and her crew had to be patient, with the first two races taking place on the Saturday. In wind speeds of 7-10 knots, Ladycat finished second and third in the two races, with other big names taking the first two positions. The final day of competition took place in good north-east winds (known locally as a Séchard wind) blowing across the water, allowing the race committee and crews to run four races. Ladycat had a tough start, but quickly improved her position, winning the final regatta of the day. Dona and her crew were aiming to be on the pace in this first event. The results were good for the Spindrift racing team, which sits just three points behind third-place team Team Tilt, with Zen Too and Alinghi leading the standings.

The next event is the Open de Versoix May 23rd-24th.

D35 Trophy - Rankings for the Grand Prix d'Ouverture (friday 8, saturday 9 and sunday 10 may)

1. Team Tilt - 11 points
2. Alinghi – 13 points
3. Zen Too – 17 points

4. Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing – 20 points
5. Veltigroup-Swisscom – 21 points
6. Racing Django – 28 points
7. Realteam – 28 points
8. Oryx – 33 points
9. Okalys – 37 points
10. Mobimo – 42 points
11. Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier – 44 points

Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing team

Dona Bertarelli, skipper/helmsman
Yann Guichard, tactician
Xavier Revil, mainsail
François Morvan, trimmer
Jacques Guichard, trimmer
Christophe Espagnon, bowman
Nicolas Débordes, shore crew

2015 Calendar | D35 Trophy

8-10 mai - Grand Prix d'Ouverture - SNG
23-24 mai - Open de Versoix - CNV
6 juin - Genève-Rolle-Genève - YCG
5 et 7 juin - Open de Versoix - CNV
13 juin - Bol d’Or Mirabaud - SNG
5-6 septembre - Grand Prix Comptoir Immobilier - YCG
12-13 septembre - Open de Crans - CNC
25-26 septembre - Grand Prix de Clôture - SNG