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news - Podium finish for Spindrift 2 in the Route du Rhum,? fantastic achievement for Yann Guichard!

Nov 12 2014

Podium finish for Spindrift 2 in the Route du Rhum,?fantastic achievement for Yann Guichard!

Yann Guichard has beaten all the odds and climbed the highest mountain, finishing in second position in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. An astounding achievement, sailing across the Atlantic single-handed from Saint-Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre aboard Spindrift 2, the largest racing trimaran ever built. The ecstatic look on his face revealed it all. The skipper completed the crossing in 8 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes and 46 seconds at an average speed of 21.96 knots. It is the fourth best time in the race’s history, and 14 hours behind race winner Loïck Peyron, who shaved two hours off the race record in the early hours of this morning. With the support of the entire Spindrift racing team, Yann has achieved an incredible feat that seemed quite unimaginable just a few months ago. The expert multihull racer not only completed the Route du Rhum on this immense trimaran, which was designed initially for crewed record attempts, but he has performed to the highest level and remained competitive right to the very end.

Interview of Yann Guichard at his arrival in Guadeloupe : “I had a great race and I gave it everything from start to finish. I really suffered, but I managed to keep up the pace. Today, I’m delighted to have finished second here in Pointe-à-Pitre and to be on the podium with Spindrift racing, just behind Loïck (Peyron), who had a good race.

I always believed that I could be competitive with Spindrift 2, despite the doubts of some. With the team, we have adapted the boat especially for solo racing. I’ve proved that it was worth all of that relentless effort and I’m proud of the team for everything they have done to make this project a success."

>> Ultimes class standings on November 10th at 11pm UTC:
Position / distance / current speed


1 - Banque Populaire VII, Loïck Peyron, winner in 7d, 15h, 8m, 32s
2 – Spindrift 2, Yann Guichard, second in 8d, 5 h, 18min, 46s
3 – Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse, at 28,3 miles to the finish
4 – Musandam Oman Sail, Sidney Gavignet, at 69,6 miles to the finish
5 – Prince de Bretagne, Lionel Lemonchois, at 78,1 miles to the finish
6 – Idec sport, Francis Joyon, at 291,5 miles to the finish
7 – Paprec Recyclage, Yann Eliès, at 313,2 miles to the finsih
8 – Sodebo Ultim’, Thomas Coville, abandoned


© Chris Schmid/Spindrift racing

© Chris Schmid/Spindrift racing

© Chris Schmid/Spindrift racing