After two days of fleet racing at Match Cup Norway in Risør, Spindrift racing faced Torvar Mirsky in the quarter-finals.
The racing was intense and Yann Guichard gave a tight and adept racing performance against the reigning world champion, but lost 2-3. It was a disappointment for the skipper who won the first stage of the World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand a few weeks ago, winning 95% of his matches.
The weather didn’t play the game at Risør, placing additional strain on both the nerves and physicality of the sailors as they raced in a capricious and unsettled body of water. Yann knows all too well that there is a lot to lose in these conditions, especially the impact on the fluidity of the on water strategy.
The team and their coach will now spend time to debrief and analyse their performance over the past couple of days. However, Spindrift has demonstrated its ability to lead, make good starts, go fast and in the right place.
« We fought well even if we are a little disappointed to be out at the quarter final stage. We know our strengths but we still have weaknesses and we will have to work on these. The quarter finals were very tight, and missing our last gybe cost us and so we lost 2-3. But that is match racing and that is what makes it exciting », commented Yann on his return to the pontoon.
The team’s next goal is to be ready for the last stage that will take place in China in November where the world champion title is at stake.