- Maxi Spindrift 2
Spindrift 2 finally arrived back home to La Trinite-sur-Mer at the weekend having spent the past two weeks in Brest following her dismasting on January 15th. The extreme weather conditions in Brittany for the past ten days not only delayed the return of the giant maxi trimaran to its home port, but has also hampered the team’s efforts to recover the mast, which went overboard shortly after the dismasting.
Spindrift 2 will be moved early this week to Vannes where the technical team will begin repairs to the port hull, as well as the cuddy and rudder damaged in the dismasting. It is anticipated that she will spend some three months undergoing the repairs and the team is currently adjusting its sailing programme for the rest of 2018.
The dismasting, on the way to the start of the team’s Jules Verne Trophy attempt, was a cruel blow for the team, which had spent two years preparing for the Jules Verne Trophy and some two months on standby. "We worked hard to get the boat ready, we felt ready to go” commented skipper Yann Guichard. “She is a fantastic boat, she was built for breaking records, so we are keen to get her back out on the water as soon as we can,” he added.
The inclement weather has also hampered the search for the mast in Le Goulet, the area where she dismasted. Spindrift racing has appointed a local salvage company to support them in their efforts and Spindrift racing has a team permanently on standby in Brest. It is anticipated that the search can start again this week.
“We aim to do everything we can to recover the mast. We have had teams searching the area by sea, air and land and recovering the mast remains our absolute priority,” concludes Guichard.