Since the first event of the circuit in May and the resulting first place for Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard’s team has kept the pressure up for the whole season and has dominated the competition.
The helm of the black and gold catamaran Xavier Revil, one of the trusted sailors that form the Spindrift racing team, with his crew of five other sailors has completed the Championship ahead of the big names in the circuit – some 8 points ahead of Alinghi and 12 points ahead of Tilt, who take second and third places respectively. Well known for its tricky and shifting winds, Lake Geneva did not disappoint and delivered conditions for battles that were in turn tactical and technical kept the highly experienced teams on their toes.
This Championship victory is particularly sweet for the team as it represents the first time that it has claimed the top podium position since the team’s first participation in 2007, despite a number of podium finishes and winning the prestigious Bol d’Or three times.
Four first places out of eight Grand Prix Events
The Grand Prix de Cloture marks the end of a spectacular season on Lac Leman in which ten catamaran teams competed in the eight events.
The onwater battles on the Lake have been typically intense and the simplest of mistakes on the water can impact on the final team ranking. The six crew of Ladycat have been fully aware of these intricacies and have consistently shown good tactical decisions, pinpoint maneuvers and high levels of concentration. As a result the team claimed victory in four events this season: Emil Frey Grand Prix, the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva Grand Prix Realstone and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
Bol d'Or Mirabaud: 3rd title for the Spindrift Team
This season the D35 Trophy saw the 78th edition of the world’s largest regatta in enclosed water, the Mirabaud Bol d’Or. This event sees some 520 yachts of all sizes and classes participate and the Spindrift team managed a display of skill in a complicated race punctuated by many twists and turns. The tactician onboard, Erwan Israel played a decisive role at times making daring decisions that allowed the crew to lead out of testing transitions.
Dona Bertarelli, co-founder of Spindrift racing
"It was a great season for us and finishing with an overall win in the Grand Prix was the icing on the cake. We managed to overcome even in complicated and tricky. We were lucky, success stayed with us, so maybe we deserved it a bit! The team was fantastic, we were all in the groove, and there was great teamwork. Given our consistency this season, it is a deserved result.
Jacques Guichard, trimmer on Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
"I was the first to think it was going to be complicated for us because this is a boat that is tough to handle and we had three new crew this year alongside Xavier. He is a great helms and is very familiar with the boat, and Erwan and I have already sailed together for a few seasons. In the end, our teamwork contributed hugely to our success and this has been strengthened because we kept the same crew throughout the year. "
Benjamin Amiot, number two on Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
"It was a great season. The team was quite new, and although we had sailed together very little before the start of the championship season, but it worked well. We were able to find operating modes that allowed us to be at the front early on. Then everything pretty much fell into place, and we won the Geneva-Rolle-Genève and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, which set up a great dynamic for the following events. It was a great pleasure to sail with the crew and everything went perfectly for everyone. I have only one word: Ravi! "
Fred Moreau, mainsail on Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
"It was a great season with a great team, we had ups and downs but we always managed to bounce back and keep moving forward and giving it the best. We are probably a bit disappointed with the result in our last Grand Prix event, but we really did not want to break the boat so that we were assured of a win in the overall Championship. So I have slightly mixed feelings at the end of the is event, but we still managed a second, what is really a very good result. We really made a great season, and it is quite prestigious to win in the same year the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva, the Bol d'Or Mirabaud and the championship, so we are really pleased. "
Malo Bessec, number one of Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
"It was my first D35 season and my first season with Spindrift, it went really well. I learned a lot this season with great professionals like Erwan, Xavier or Jacques. I'm really happy to have joined the team and I hope to be able to return! "
"Mirabaud warmly congratulates all crew of Ladycat powered by Spindrift for their sporting achievement. This is the first time they have won the Championship, and how! The crew has sent a benchmark in this very competitive championship, in particular winning the Bol d'Or Mirabaud. The sporting success pof Spindrift racing are just reward for the great human adventure that Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard have led, " comments Antonio Palma, Managing Partner of Mirabaud.
"The victory of Spindrift racing in the D35 Trophy emphasizes once more the excellence of this team and its co-founder and skipper Ms. Dona Bertarelli. Zenith is proud to partner with a team with which it shares so many values. The entire team at Zenith congratulates Spindrift for this wonderful new success! " Said Aldo Magada, President & CEO of Zenith.
D35 ranking on the Grand Prix de Clôture
2: Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
3: Team Tilt
4: Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier
6: Zen Too
9: Racing Django
Final ranking - D35 Trophy championship
1: Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing - 16 points
2: Alinghi - 24 points
3: Team Tilt - 28 points
4: Swisscom - 45 points
5: Mobimo - 46 points
6: Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier - 50 points
7: Realteam - 55 points
8: Zen Too - 55 points
9: Okalys - 60 points
10: Racing Django - 61 points
Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing ranking on the D35 Trophy
Grand Prix Emil Frey : 1st
Open de Versoix : 6th
Genève Rolle Genève : 1st
Grand Prix Realstone : 1st
Bol d’Or Mirabaud : 1st
Open de Crans : 2nd
Open du Yacht Club : 2nd
Grand Prix de Clôture : 2nd
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