The Spindrift racing team made a great start to the D35 Trophy, winning the first regatta of the season at the Société Nautique de Genève, in Switzerland, this weekend. The D35 Ladycat finished above two big names on the circuit, Swisscom and Okalys, who are in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. With relatively unpredictable weather on Lake Geneva, the race office were only able to get through five rounds, three of which were won by the black and gold trimaran, Ladycat.
Xavier Revil, helmsman on the D35, Ladycat, commented after the first Grand Prix:
"Over the three days of racing, we could only compete on the first day because the wind unfortunately didn’t show up! In the five races we completed, we showed that we were usually in the lead group in these pretty thermal wind conditions of around 10 knots. We sailed quite cleanly and simply, maintaining good speed by not doing too many manoeuvres. The light wind conditions make it less difficult technically, but demand precision and finesse when you do make the manoeuvres. We managed to make good starts and were on the right side in 4 of the races, and it was only in the last one that we found ourselves a bit stuck, and were unable to find a way to get ourselves free of the fleet. We’re very satisfied with this first round of the D35 Trophy and with the great way the team worked together. We’ve still got a lot to do, because the wind conditions here require a lot of training, so we have to take advantage of every session to keep developing. "
The Spindrift racing team will be able to show this determination in the next round, the Open de Versoix, from May 20 to 22.