Spindrift racing : an ambitious new year!
  • Team
January 29, 2014
  • Mirabaud and Zenith join the team as Gold Partner and Official Timekeeper respectively
  • Spindrift 2 on the North Atlantic and 24-hours record
  • Yann Guichard to start the Route du Rhum on Spindrift 2

Through Spindrift racing, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard share their passion for sailing, a sport of many facets, where performance relies primarily on a motivated and efficient team ready to advance together and take on new challenges. The entrepreneurial spirit of the team is reflected today in the first two partners in the Spindrift adventure. The bank Mirabaud (Gold Partner) and the watchmaker Zenith (Official Timekeeper) have committed for three years with, from 2014, to sharing significant challenges on Lake Geneva and all around the Atlantic.

Being bold while remaining pragmatic and organised is the approach adopted by the team from its inception in 2011 and it has been rewarded. Whether sailing the Decision 35 Ladycat, the MOD70 trimaran, or the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, the results speak for themselves. On board this year, 2013 was notable for the record-breaking feat of the Discovery Route crew (Cadiz, Spain-San Salvador, Bahamas) lowering the time by more than 20 hours after crossing in 6 days, 14 hours, with an average speed of 24.5 knots.

"Spindrift racing is a young team that brings together a group of professionals whose work has quickly borne fruit," says Dona Bertarelli, owner and skipper of Spindrift racing. "Our project has grown and already has a good international reputation. With Yann, we have the cards in hand to take the next steps."

Spindrift racing, the spirit of a professional team 
"The support of partners has been part of the strategy of the team from the outset," says Bertarelli. "We want to nurture our entrepreneurial approach by developing synergies with other companies who are also leaders in their field. Meeting the needs of companies who trust us enough to share these big adventures lifts us all up together and enriches the story that we are writing each day. Whether risk management in the banking sector or the high-tech business of precision watches, Mirabaud and Zenith understand what we are doing. I am very pleased to welcome to Spindrift racing these two Swiss leaders who are such symbols of success and long-term partners of major human achievements and challenges."

Mirabaud and Zenith, the first commitments 
Mirabaud has been on all the world's oceans with the Swiss skipper, Dominique Wavre. The banking and financial group also gives its name to the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, the headline regatta on Lake Geneva. "Mirabaud & and financial continues, through this partnership, its involvement in the world of sailing at the highest level, both on a regional and international level,” explains Antonio Palma, Partner of Mirabaud. “Spindrift Racing has strong links to Lake Geneva, especially with the Decision 35 catamaran that will contest all the great races in the region. But it is also an international project, which has a strong presence around the world. Spindrift is now clearly the most important project in Swiss sailing, and we are proud to be associated.”

From Louis Blériot to Felix Baumgartner, Zenith has left its mark on the history of aviation and space. Equipping many explorers, the watchmaker has contributed to major advances. It is in this spirit that it has joined Spindrift racing as Official Timekeeper. Jean-Frédéric Dufour, President & CEO, Zenith states that: “At Zenith, we like to focus on personalities and projects are going places. Dona, Yann and their teammates have the makings of these modern heroes who are creators of dreams. We are honored to join our watches to their future performances."

2014, new challenges for Spindrift racing
From the catamaran on the lake to the largest ocean trimaran in the world, the team strives for excellence with an extraordinary freedom of choice and action. "This is probably one of our greatest strengths," says Yann Guichard, president and skipper of Spindrift racing before presenting this year’s program.

"Ladycat will contest the Vulcain Trophy for the eighth consecutive season,” says Guichard, the team’s D35 tactician. “At the helm, Dona will be supported by a crew from the maxi-trimaran to further optimise the understanding and bond of this already strong team."

In parallel, Spindrift racing is focusing on an ambitious and unprecedented dual mission with the maxi-trimaran.

"This summer, Spindrift 2 will take on the impressive record time set across the North Atlantic in 2009 by Pascal Bidégorry and his crew on board the same boat,” says Guichard. “With a time of 3 days, 15 hours and a top speed of almost 33 knots, we will need an equally exceptional weather window and optimised machine to break it. We will also attempt the 24-hour record in this window if conditions allow."

Guichard is also officially announcing that he will be on the start line of the Route du Rhum, solo aboard Spindrift 2. The Queen of the transats is run every four years bringing together the most accomplished sailors of the moment to sprint between Saint-Malo (France) and Pointe-A-Pitre (Guadeloupe). "This is an opportunity to share a special moment with our partners while providing an exciting challenge for the team,” says Guichard. “As a competitor, I have a deep desire to pit myself against other Ultimate class trimarans. However, it was never a question of transforming Spindrift 2 into a 'solo' boat, but rather to find the best compromise in order to be efficient for the dual purpose of the North Atlantic crewed record and the Rhum. The decision was developed in accordance with Dona and our partners. The transatlantic trip from Miami last winter, when I skippered under reduced sail and operated alone, was what finally convinced me. The shortened mast, general weight-reductions, autopilot adaptions and a number of other details will allow us to realise this and other challenges. While this XXL boat (40 metres) will be the largest port in Saint-Malo, we will be facing machines made or optimised for one man. However, I'm a competitor and we are working to ensure we can play at the front. And for someone with a passion for multihulls like me, riding alone on such a boat will absolutely unforgettable!"

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VICTORIES FOR SPINDRIFT RACING :
2013 : 

Maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 : crewed record on the Discovery Route (transatlantic Cadiz, Spain-San Salvador, Bahamas) 6d 14h 29m, at an average speed of 24.50 knots.
Maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 : winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race
MOD70 Spindrift : 3rd in the Route des Princes (European tour in stages)
D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing : 4th in Vulcain Trophy

2012 : 
MOD70 Spindrift: winner of the Krys Ocean Race (transatlantic NYC-Brest)
D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing: 3rd in Vulcain Trophy

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2014 CALENDAR 
D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing : 
Vulcain Trophy 2014
May 9-11 : Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs
May 24-25 : Open-de -Crans
June 7 : Genève-Rolle-Genève
June 8-9 : Open de Versoix
June 14 : Bol d'Or Mirabaud
August 30-31 :  Open National Suisse
September 6-7 : Grand Prix Grange & Cie

Spindrift 2 maxi-trimaran 
January-April : boatyard changes and upgrades in Lorient (France).
July-August : stand-by for crewed record of the North Atlantic (NYC-Lizard) and 24-hours.
To beat : August 2009, Pascal Bidegorry, maxi Banque Populaire V, 3d 15h 25 mn 48s, average 32.94 knots.
24-hour record : August 2009, Pascal Bidegorry, maxi Banque Populaire V, 908 miles at an average of 37.84 knots.
November 2 : Departure on the solo Route du Rhum (Saint-Malo-Pointe-A-Pitre) .

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About Spindrift racing : 
Spindrift racing is a French shipping company, founded in late 2011 by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard. This top-level sailing team dedicated to multihulls currently has a fleet of three ships: the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, the trimaran MOD70 Spindrift and the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2. To optimise these machines and succeed in the sporting challenges chosen by Spindrift racing, is a team of thirty people, among the leading experts in their field, who are full of passion and urgency at sea and onshore.

About Mirabaud: 
Mirabaud was founded in Geneva in 1819. Over time, the Group has developed into a multinational. Mirabaud provides its clients with customised financial and advisory services in three core areas: private wealth management (portfolio management, investment advisory services and services for independent financial advisors), asset management (institutional management, fund management and distribution) and intermediation (brokerage services, corporate finance and debt capital markets).
With some 650 employees, the Group has offices in Switzerland (Geneva, Basel and Zurich), and in Europe (London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Luxembourg) and in the rest of the world (Montreal, Hong Kong and Dubai).
For more information, please visit our website : www.mirabaud.com

About Zenith : 
Founded in 1865 in Locle by a visionary watchmaker, Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith was quickly recognised for precision chronometers for which it was awarded the 2 333 prix de chronométrie. Made famous by the legendary, El Primero, an integrated column-wheel automatic chronograph, launched in 1969, and whose high frequency 36,000 vibrations per hour provides a precision to 1/10th of a second, Zenith has since made more than 600 variations of the mechanism movement. www.zenith-watches.com