- Diam 24
Despite the winter weather, Spindrift racing has already stacked up 10 days of training on the smallest of its trimarans, the Diam 24. After a number of training sessions on the Quiberon peninsula at the national sailing school (ENV), the team will now turn to La Trinité-sur-Mer. It’s the chance for Spindrift racing’s sailors to join with training partners and future rivals ahead of this season’s Diam 24 and Tour de la Voile circuits. Eight teams in total are expected to be out on the water in La Trinité-sur-Mer this week through to Friday.
“As is the case for many of our rivals, the main goal is currently to learn how to sail this type of boat. Ultimately, it’s still new for us. Out of our team, Matthieu Vandame is the only one who is really familiar with the Diam, having raced with Bernard Stamm last season. His help will therefore be extremely valuable. We need to keep progressing and optimise onboard organisation,” explains crew member Xavier Revil, who is in charge of the Diam 24 project at Spindrift racing. “It’s an energetic boat which performs well. That said, the manoeuvres, are slow and as soon as the swell gets up, you need to know how to react quickly.”
A well-oiled machine
The training days have a certain ritual. The day starts at 7:45am with onshore training, essentially in the gym, at least for the time being. The crew sweat it out on the rowing machines, bikes and weights, combined with some more light-hearted team activities. This is followed by a nutritious and filling breakfast, which comprises slow-release carbohydrates and proteins. Breakfast is also the time for a thorough team de-brief.
“Typically we discuss the previous day’s sailing and set the objectives for the day ahead, before we head out to the water.” There follows a minimum of four to five hours out at sea, practising manoeuvres, hoisting spinnakers, rounding marks and working on close tactics. “We need to build up the amount of sail time so as to sufficiently prepare and reach an optimal level,” continues Xavier. “The weather has been on our side the last weeks, it’s been varied but good. We have trained in light and strong winds, rain, sunshine and freezing winds!”