Saturday, 6 April 2013

Yann Guichard’s visit to the Café de la Marine du Télégramme

Yann Guichard. Image copyright Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing.

by Anne Hinton

Yann Guichard said last night, during the Café de la Marine du Télégramme at Quai Ouest, Lorient, that Spindrift 2 (the ex-maxi tri Banque Populaire) will take part in the Fastnet Race this year. Guichard also confirmed that Dona Bertarelli, his partner in both life and sailing, has not previously done ocean racing. The programme for the maxi trimaran is only the Fastnet Race for 2013. Later, they will look at the Atlantic record and other records, but not the Jules Verne Trophy for the time being. 

We noted at the time that neither Groupama 3 nor Banque Populaire V had perfect weather conditions for their wins of the Trophée Jules Verne, and Guichard confirmed that he believes that the current record is beatable. [Look at the time differences between the boats in the Barcelona World Race 2010-11 and the Vendée Globe 2012-13, for example. Michel Desjoyeaux is quite correct in noting that the meteorology was the reason for the fast times in the latest edition of the Vendée.]

 Dona Bertarelli, first female winner of the Bol d'Or in 2010, on board her D35 catamaran, Ladycat. Image copyright Chris Schmid/Eyemage.

Yann Guichard is off to helm the Energy Team AC45 at the America’s Cup World Series in Naples, Italy, mid-April. On his return, the Spindrift MOD70 will take part in the Tour de Belle-Ile on 4th May, where they will be up against competitors such as the course record holder Sébastien Josse on Gitana 11 and Lionel Lemonchois on Prince de Bretagne 80. (Prince de Bretagne 80 came out of the water in Lorient yesterday, prior to her official christening on 27th April in Roscoff.) 

The Sprindrift MOD70 programme will commence in June, while Guichard and Dona Bertarelli will compete on the Ladycat D35 on Lake Geneva from May onwards. Spindrift Racing is based at La Trinité-sur-mer, but the size (mainly the width) of Spindrift 2 means that she is likely to be sailed out of Lorient.

Café de la Marine du Télégramme

PS Yann Guichard also commented that he believes that Franck Cammas has taken on too much with the M34 in the Tour de France a la Voile, an Olympic Nacra 17 campaign and the C Class, but it seems sensible to us to work hard on the one design Nacra 17 catamaran while also testing out different sailing techniques, etc, in the development C Class. SailRaceWin