All is calm on Lake Geneva
  • Ladycat
June 7, 2015

In the ‘Open de Versoix 2’, the D35s raced on Friday but not on Sunday, while Saturday's Geneva-Rolle-Geneva ran at a snail's pace. Summer conditions and light winds on Europe's longest lake tested competitors' patience and concentration, as they sought to exploit the slightest movement on the flat waters of Lake Geneva. It was an unpredictable weekend, but Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing secured a good result, finishing fifth in the Grand Prix races and fifth in the long-distance race.

High temperatures, copious amounts of suncream, water by the gallon and ample supplies were the order of the day for the teams for these long days aboard the D35 catamarans. The ultra-light winds picked up slightly on Friday, when a slight Séchard (north-east wind) swept across the ‘Petit Lac, allowing the first of the day's six Open de Versoix 2 races to begin in the early afternoon. On Sunday, after several hours of waiting, race committee finally cancelled the day's races due to the lack of wind. Team Tilt continues to lead the overall standings, having won their third Grand Prix event out of three this season. Alinghi lead the chase, followed by Okalys, Veltigroup-Swisscom and Ladycat.

A lengthy long-distance race

On Saturday, the crews lined up for the first long-distance race of the season, the 30 nautical miles Geneva-Rolle-Geneva. Once again, the sailors were frustrated by the anemometer readings. It took them the entire afternoon to sail from Geneva to Rolle. Team Tilt, Zen Too and Okalys led the field past the course mark, with Ladycat passing in seventh position. The return to Geneva in the evening was much quicker, thanks to stronger winds. The wind was enough to revive the multihulls, which reached peak speeds of 12-14 knots. Teams from both sides of the lake (Switzerland and France) had a chance of winning. Veltigroup-Swisscom crossed the line first, despite unstable winds across the lake. Okalys, Alinghi, Team Tilt and Ladycat were the next boats to cross the finish line in Geneva.

Next week, on Saturday, June 13th, the D35s will line up for the start of the 77th Bol d'Or Mirabaud, an event won by Ladycat in 2010 and 2014. The Spindrift racing crew will aim to complete a hat trick of wins in Lake Geneva's blue-ribbon event.

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Open de Versoix 2 results (provisional)
1. Team Tilt, 15 points
2. Alinghi, 16 points
3. Okalys, 19 points
4. Veltigroup-Swisscom, 21 points
5. Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, 24 points
6. Mobimo, 27 points
7. Realteam, 27 points
8. Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier, 27 points
9. Zen Too, 28 points
10. Racing Django, 45 points
11. Oryx, 48 points

2015 Geneva-Rolle-Geneva results, D35
1. Veltigroup-Swisscom
2. Okalys
3. Alinghi
4. Team Tilt
5. Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
6. Mobimo
7. Oryx
8. Realteam
9. Racing Django
10. Zen Too
11. Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier

Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing team
• Dona Bertarelli, skipper/helmsman
• Yann Guichard, tactician
• Xavier Revil, mainsail
• François Morvan, trimmer
• Jacques Guichard, trimmer
• Christophe Espagnon, bowman
• Nicolas Débordes, préparateur

2015 Calendar | D35 Trophy 
• May 8th-10th – Grand Prix d’Ouverture – SNG
• May 23rd-24th – Open de Versoix – CNV
• June 6th – Geneva-Rolle-Geneva - YCG
• June 5th and 7th – Open de Versoix – CNV
• June 13 – Bol d'Or Mirabaud – SNG
• September 5th-6th – Grand Prix Comptoir Immobilier – YCG
• September 12th-13th – Open de Crans – CNC
• September 25th-26th – Grand Prix de Clôture – SNG