- Diam 24
Yann Guichard wins the Grand Prix Atlantique aboard Spindrift White. Spindrift Black was also in the mix, taking third place. Second victory for Spindrift racing in one month, the performance bodes well for the team, with just seven weeks to go until the start of the Diam 24’s blue-ribbon event, the Tour de France à la Voile, starting in Dunkirk on July 3rd and ending in Nice on July 26th.
La Baule was a mouth-watering preview of the exciting action that lies ahead for sailors and spectators in this summer’s “Tour”. The teams jostled for position at the start line, gybed frantically and engaged in almighty battles around the buoys under the beautiful sunshine, which gleamed over the crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The final day of this Grand Prix on Sunday has been a feast for the eyes, even if time seemed to stand still during some of the most daring acrobatics. Spindrift racing’s sailors have shown their efficiency and composure with enough consistency to finish at the top of the standings.
Spindrift White skipper Yann Guichard:
“We’ve had an excellent result at the Grand Prix Atlantique, beating our Spi Ouest-France performance thanks to a win for Spindrift White and a third place for Spindrift Black. It shows that we’ve continued to improve. We’ve still got some way to go before the Tour de France à la Voile, but for now we’ll savour this victory. We’ve sailed well from start to finish in regattas that have the same format as in the Tour de France à la Voile. The tight courses make it more physical and stressful, and the starts are even more vital. It’s a format I really love, with short, 20-minute races in which contact is aplenty and the slightest mistake when manoeuvring can cost you the race. It’s fantastic to win the event. The guys on board have done a wonderful job. They control the boats to perfection, and the team has some highly efficient sailors on Diam 24s. It’s a good sign for the rest of the season.”
Spindrift Black skipper Xavier Revil:
“We’ve had some good races in excellent wind conditions, and both Spindrift racing boats were in the thick of the action. The hard work has paid off, but we know full well that we cannot make any mistakes. We have some very tough rivals who are well drilled and are improving too. This year's main event is fast approaching. We’ve got one more event at the École Navale before the Tour de France à la Voile, then we have races over the next few weeks in the GC32 and D35 series. In the Diam 24 class, we’re continuing our preparation regime for the Tour, and our results are proof that our method is working."
Spindrift racing fighting on all fronts
Like in the Tour de France à la Voile later in the year, at the Grand Prix de l’École Navale in Brest, from May 15th to 17th, the team will enter just one Diam 24: “Spindrift”. The event is an opportunity to race in conditions that will be even more similar to those they will encounter in July. In the run-up to the summer, Spindrift racing’s sailors will compete in the team’s other classes.
In just one week’s time, Yann Guichard and his crew will discover the GC32 class in Marseille. The city is hosting the pre-event for the 2015 GC32 Racing Tour, which officially begins in late May. Meanwhile, on Lake Geneva, Dona Bertarelli has already begun training at the helm of Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, with the first D35 Grand Prix events taking place early May. Finally, back at the boatyard the finishing touches are being made to the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, which will be relaunched in May. Needless to say, the main goal for the 40-ft maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 this season is to take the around the world Jules Verne Trophy record over the winter.
GRAND PRIX ATLANTIQUE 2015 OVERALL STANDING:
1. Spindrift White, Yann Guichard (23 points)
2. Groupama, Pierre Pennec (32 points)
3. Spindrift Black, Xavier Revil (32 points)
4. Vannes Agglo Golfe du Morbihan, Matthieu Salomon (39 points)
5. CombiWest, Frédéric Guilmin (44 points)
6. West Courtage Ecole Navale, Simon Moriceau (51 points)
7. Votre Plus Long Périple, Loïc Fequet (63 points)
8. Macif, François Gabart (63 points)
9. Armor Lux – Comptoir de la Mer, Erwan Tabarly (66 points)
10. Dynamique Voile, Emeric Dary (68 points)
11. Radio Vinci Autoroutes, Jean-Baptiste Gellée (69 points)
12. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Cléac’h (76 points)
SPINDRIFT WHITE CREW MEMBERS:
Yann Guichard (skipper)
SPINDRIFT BLACK CREW MEMBERS:
13. Made in Midi, Kito de Pavant (52 points)
14. PRB, Vincent Riou (61 points)
15. Grandeur Nature Vérandas, Frédéric Duthil (66 points)
16. Courrier Choc, Pierre-Loïc Berthet (66 points)
17. Sodebo, Daniel Souben (69 points)
18. Oman Sail, Gilles Favennec (72 points)
19. Ramouna, Charles Hainneville (72 points)
20. GDF SUEZ, Sébastien Rogues (75 points)
21. Prince de Bretagne, Lionel Lemonchois (85 points)
22. Agrival, Pauline Chalaux (94 points)
23. 30 Corsaires, Alexia Barrier (97 points)
24. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm (97 points)