Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing leapt to the top of rankings in the D35 Trophy after winning both tour events held this weekend: the Genève-Rolle-Genève and the Grand Prix Realstone Versoix. The Spindrift team were able to take advantage of the stormy and uncertain conditions that marked the weekend.
Genève-Rolle-Genève : winning the transition
On Saturday, the ten teams competing in the Genève-Rolle-Genève were part of an exhilarating race on Lake Geneva where the stormy weather made for many surprises. At the start of the race, with only two knots of wind to move the catamarans, three teams: Team Tilt, Alinghi and Zen Too, emerged and opened up a gap on the rest of the fleet. That is when the weather proved itself to be very changeable, forcing the teams to play a highly-tactical game, chasing gusts and squalls all over the course. This transition even meant that the backmarkers caught the leaders in a spectacular finish with six or seven boats side-by-side. Ultimately, it was the Spindrift team that reacted best and won the race.
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Genève Rolle Genève ranking:
1: Ladycat powered by Spindrift
3: Team Tilt
6: Zen Too
7: Racing Django
Grand Prix Realstone Versoix : four good races for the Spindrift team
On Friday, the Spindrift racing team won the two races that the organisers were able to stage successfully despite persistent light airs. On Sunday, the conditions allowed for two more races, in which Ladycat finished third and fourth. The gold and black catamaran finish on the top ahead Realteam and Racing Django after the four races of the weekend.
Grand Prix Realstone de Versoix ranking:
Reactions from Xavier Revil, helmsman of the D35, Ladycat, for the Grand Prix Realstone and for the Genève-Rolle-Genève:
“During the Grand Prix, there was not much wind. Even though we managed to get some rounds in with 8-10 knots, and saw 11 knots today, there were only some very short periods when we had wind, because of the storms; there was wind for two hours and then it disappeared. The race committee was particularly good in that regard and managed to find the right windows to race in. We were able to have four good rounds in stable wind conditions. As they were short courses, you had to make great starts. That's what we did on Friday and that allowed us to be at the front at the start of the races. Today, our starts were a bit more average but we still got to third and fourth. We were the only team to have four good rounds this weekend and we were relatively consistent.
On the longer event in the Genève-Rolle-Genève, the wind was very disturbed because of thunderstorms. The event last year was much the same, meaning that those in the worst position at halfway found themselves at the front at the end; it was very close at the finish because we all ended up within a hair’s breadth of each other. Erwan Israel, our tactician, stayed very strong and focused on the options he had chosen throughout the race. The whole team did a great job, it was a really great weekend.”
Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing leads the official ranking of the D35 Trophy ahead of Team Tilt and Alinghi, the next event – the Bol d'Or Mirabaud - is next weekend (June 11-12).
The crew of Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing:
Xavier Revil, helmsman
Erwan Israël, tactician
Jacques Guichard, headsail trimmer
Malo Bessec, bowman
Benjamin Amiot, mid-bow
Fred Moreau, mainsail
2016 D35 Trophy programme:
May 6 to 8: Grand Prix BMW Emil Frey Genève Acacias, Société Nautique de Genève
May 20 to 22: Open de Versoix, Club Nautique de Versoix
June 4: Genève-Rolle-Genève, Yacht Club de Genève
June 3 and 5: Grand Prix Realstone, Club Nautique de Versoix
June 11: Bol d'Or Mirabaud, Société Nautique de Genève
September 9 to 11: Grand Prix Alinghi de Crans, Club Nautique de Crans
September 16 and 18: Open du Yacht Club, Yacht Club de Genève
September 30 to October 1: Grand Prix de Clôture, Société Nautique de Genève