• M32
July 8, 2017

This afternoon Spindrift racing sailed out of the quarter finals of the Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand, having lost to the six-time World Champion, Englishman Ian Williams.

Yann Guichard made a promising and confident start to the week’s competition and qualified for the Final 8.  On Thursday, the black and gold team secured their place in the quarter finals of the competition winning three match races on the trot against the world number one, Australian Sam Gilmour.

“We sailed well and I felt very much in tune with the boat and crew, and we positioned ourselves well,” reported Yann when he returned to the pontoon.

Yann Guichard then prepared himself to face Ian Williams, a significant opponent with six world titles to his name. After three days of consistently strong winds, that ensured that the on-water duels were open, intense and tactical battles, the complete opposite was true today.  The afternoon’s quarter finals took place in light fluky airs, which necessitated  the Race Committee to delay the starts several times as well as shorten the course.  

The Spindrift team won the first match race, then Williams equalized in the second and then went on to win again in the third race. With the winning team being the first to five, the fourth race of the day was to be the decider.  Spindrift won the start but a small error made them lose their advantage and Williams and his GAC Pindar team pounced.

“In this last race we made a misjudgment that cost us dear and meant that passed behind at the first mark.  We thought that we were OCS (over the line), but it was in fact our opponent.  We tried to come back into the race but with the wind conditions and shortened course there were not many opportunities to regain control.

“While of course we are disappointed, we very much congratulate Ian Williams who has sailed well all week and now has his place in the semis.  From our perspective and on balance, I draw some great positives from this competition with a high level of sailing, some great match races sailed in beautiful scenery. 

"Moreover this second event in the championship has been another good opportunity for additional training before the World Championship final in October, which still remains our main objective. We will now go back to our base in St Philibert (Brittany) and start offshore training with the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2, before coming to St Petersburg in early August to compete in the third event of the World Match Racing Tour." - Yann guichard


Yann Guichard – helm/Skipper
Christophe Espagnon –  mainsail
François Morvan – Trimmer
Seb Marsset – Bow

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