• Maxi Spindrift 2
July 9, 2016

After an 9-day transatlantic delivery, Spindrift 2 and her crew arrived safely in Québec on Wednesday, July 6 at the end of the day. However, they were forced to remain docked overnight on the coast located opposite Québec City because of strong winds and currents near the harbour. The maxi trimaran will attempt to reach the village of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo in the coming days. After several months of work in the boatyard in Brittany, as well as training sessions in Quiberon Bay, the black and gold boat is raring to start this historic race between Québec and Saint Malo. Along with the skipper Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli, 12 other crew will be onboard Spindrift 2 when they cross the starting line between the cities of Québec and Lévis, before embarking on this legendary 3000-mile route. The start of the race will see them navigate through the famous Gulf of St. Lawrence, renowned for its incredible natural beauty, before heading back into the Atlantic Ocean towards St Malo. As well as the sporting challenge of the race itself, one of the aims of the team is to keep performing at the highest level and work on crew work in preparation for their next attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy.
With the end of the World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand, Guichard will join the crew soon. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic in Québec, Spindrift’s technical and sailing team will spend the next few days finalising preparations for the start and will be meeting the public, and in particular groups of children as part of their various “Spindrift for Schools” activities.

Québec to Saint-Malo in less than 7 Days 20 hours and 24 minutes

Since its first edition in 1984, the Transat Québec - Saint Malo has, every four years, drawn the best professional ocean racers from both multihulls and monohulls for the offshore race from west to east.  Twenty international teams, divided into several categories, depending on the characteristics of the boats, will start on the St. Lawrence River for this non-stop, crewed race. The Spindrift 2 sailors will start the 2,897-nautical mile (5365 km) course with the aim of breaking the record of 7 days 20 hours and 24 minutes set by Loïck Peyron in 1996.  To ensure that the fleet arrives simultaneously into Saint-Malo, the official start of most of classes involved (CLASS40, MULTI50, OPEN) is set for Sunday, July10.   While, in its first participation in the race, Spindrift 2 will be racing alongside Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, in a staggered start for the ‘Ultime’ class a few days later.

Erwan Israel, Spindrift 2 sailor, on arrival at the pontoon in Québec:
"After nine days at sea, we finally arrived in Quebec City. The end of the journey was complicated as this was the first time navigating the Gulf of St Lawrence for many of us. The landscape is beautiful, it promises an intense race start for the Transat. The Staint Lawrence river is surprising, when we got to Newfoundland we felt as though we had almost arrived but Quebec City was still very far away. It was long but we are very happy to be here!"

Yann Guichard, skipper of the maxi-trimaran, Spindrift 2:
“I’m really excited to be competing with my team in this legendary race and I will join them in Québec for our debut in this race soon. As well as the many sporting aspects of this unique race, it’ll be very good training for our next attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy record this winter.”

The Spindrift racing crew for the Transat Québec – Saint Malo:

Duncan SPÄTH
Erwan LE ROUX 
Xavier REVIL 
Antoine CARRAZ 
Simone GAETA 
François MORVAN 
Chris SCHMID (médiaman)


Thursday, July 7 from 10:00 to 11:00: Spindrift racing will share stories and experiences from life on board Spindrift 2 with a hundred children at the Québec Leisure Centre (Presentations and workshops in the skipper zone of the Québec race village).

Friday, July 8:

11:00: Presentation of the crews to the mayor of Québec.

10:00 to 11:00: Spindrift racing to meet children from the Québec sailing school (presentation and workshops in the skipper zone of the Québec race village). The children will also be invited on board Spindrift 2.

19:00 / 20:00: Official presentation of the crews to the public (at Bar de L’écluse in the race village in Québec).

Saturday, July 9 at 11:00: Members of the Spindrift team will host a presentation recounting the adventures of Spindrift 2 and her crew during the record attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy last winter: “47 days at sea on the largest racing trimaran in the world.” (At the Floating Bar in Québec race village). The presentation is open to the public.

To follow the race:
- There will be a map available on the  Spindrift racing website
- There will be a daily log throughout the voyage with photos and videos from on board.
- Information on the progress of the team will be posted on our social networks: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Learn more about Québec history:

- Spindrift For Schools - Out of the classroom : "Canadian Arctic Archipelago"
- Magazine : "Jacques Cartier and the St Lawrence River"