Competing in their second ever event on the World Match Racing Tour, Yann Guichard and his team finished 4th out of 20 teams, after a week of tactical duels in equal, one-design M32 catamarans, in the Danish waters of Copenhagen. After making it through again (they finished 3rd in Fremantle) to the last 16, the quarters and the semis on this second stage of the World Tour, the Spindrift team has continued to show it can battle with the best match-racing specialists in this very high-level competition. After these two rounds, Spindrift’s track record is pretty positive, as they are the only team to finish in the top 4 both times.
With erratic winds but unbroken sunshine on the water all week, the sailors in Spindrift’s black and gold colours delivered in some particularly strategic and intense sporting battles. Yann Guichard and his crew were able to come out on top all the way until the semi-finals against the American, Taylor Canfield (US One), who won the final against the Spaniard, Iker Martinez.
Yann Guichard, skipper of Spindrift Racing’s M32:
"It was a great semi-final against Taylor Canfield and his team, which we lost 3-2. It was tight from the first race to the last and there was not much in it, it was decided by small details. We won some starts, him too, but the wind was very gusty today, so it was not easy to stay in charge of your opponent. We were beaten fair and square.Overall, this second stage of the World Match Racing Tour has been positive for us. The goal was to try and reach the semi-finals and we still managed to knock out Ian Williams (6 times world champion) in the quarter-finals. It was important to have the opportunity to face two world champions before the world finals in Marstrand.So, we finished 4th overall, we lost in the third-fourth playoff, which was decided by just one race. We still have a lot of work and training to do in order to keep developing and to move up the leaderboard. We're on the right track. It’s up to us to do the work to be even more competitive, especially for the next stage in Newport, which is just before the World Championship in Marstrand.”
Yann Guichard on the side of Taylor Canfield against whom he competes during the semi-final, won by the American (3-2)
The M32 Series, also in Copenhagen, was contested last week (Spindrift finished 3rd) and this new format for the World Tour allowed the Spindrift team to face the latest big names on the circuit, and to continue to learn and gain experience. The Spindrift team and its skipper, Yann Guichard, were able to hone their competition skills and reflexes. They will race in Newport in June on the next stage of the World Tour, then in Gothenburg in the M32 series, before competing in the coveted World Championship of Match Racing in Marstrand (Sweden) at the start of July, which will be a great challenge for Spindrift racing.
World Match Racing Tour - Copenhaguen rank:
1 – Taylor Canfiel (ISV) – US One
2 - Iker Martinez (ESP) - Team Espana
3 - Nicklas Dackhammar (SUE) - Dackhammar Racing
4 – Yann Guichard (FRA) – Spindrift racing
5 – Mattias Rahm (SUE) – Rahm Racing
6 - Sally Barkow (USA) - Team Magenta 32
7 – Ian Williams (UK) – GAC Pindar
8 – Bjorn Hansen (SUE) – Nautiska Racing
9 - Phil Robertson (AUS) - Waka Racing
10 - Johnie Berntsson (SUE) - Flux Team
All results here.
Spindrift M32 crew:
Yann Guichard, skipper-helmsman
Christophe Espagnon, mainsail
François Morvan, trimmer
Paul Dagault, bowman
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