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Apr 03 2014

The maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 launches in Lorient

After three months of ambitious boatbuilding, the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 was relaunched yesterday, on wednesday April 2, in Lorient (France) and returned to the base in La Trinité Sur Mer. The largest racing trimaran in the world has been optimised for the demanding North Atlantic and 24-hours crewed records and then for the solo Route du Rhum. As good news never comes alone, the team created in late 2011 by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard is continuing to develop: Genes-x, a specialist in DNA, has agreed a three-year deal and joins Mirabaud, as a Gold Sponsor of Spindrift racing.

"I congratulate the Spindrift racing team for getting this work done despite such a tight schedule," Guichard, the skipper, said. With a shorter mast, new sails, new centreboard, new autopilots, general weight loss and a modified deck plan and fittings, the last few weeks have been very busy. "We look forward to being at sea and enjoying the high performance of this fantastic boat,” Guichard added. “The changes made for the North Atlantic and the Route du Rhum mean we have the potential for a stronger performance even while we’re pushing Spindrift 2 less hard. I've always tried to sail with finesse, whether in Olympics or offshore and even on a machine of this size, it is possible."

8,000 hours of work

Antoine Carraz, the technical manager and part of the sailing team, said: “We are split between stress and excitement. We fixed the date for the launch of Spindrift 2 three months ago; it’s a point of pride for the team to meet that deadline. Most notably we made structural changes which were necessary after the reduction in size of the mast, these were long and complicated tasks. Spindrift 2 is also a huge puzzle with parts coming from all over Europe and the United States. Coordination of all this is a daily challenge that we have overcome."

Crew and solo preparation, the right mix

Spindrift racing will be on standby in the United States from the start of June. Until then, the crew will train in La Trinité-sur-Mer and then on the delivery to Newport, where Spindrift 2 will be based whilst waiting for a good window to sprint from New York for North Atlantic record. "This is one of the hardest times to beat,” Guichard said. “With Dona, we have great confidence in the sailors around us and in their ability to tame this new Spindrift 2. I am also weighing up the size of the task of what awaits me on the Route du Rhum. The intention is not to load excessive pressure on my shoulders but rather to take it step by step. At first, I am going to sail to 'faux solo' with some teammates to gain confidence before rushing into the solo side. It will also be a chance to test specific changes for the Route du Rhum, like the bike to hoist the sails.”

Genes-x, a new Gold Sponsor for Spindrift racing

An expert in DNA testing, Genes-x allows everyone to learn about their own metabolism and to increase their self-knowledge. It finds direct applications in the world of sport and Genes-x will accompany the men and women of Spindrift racing for three years. "We are fascinated by what Spindrift have succeeded in doing and the young, modern and competitive spirit of Dona, Yann and the whole team,” Fabio Cavalli, Founder of Genes-x, said. “This partnership gives our company the opportunity to work with high-level athletes and to study the genetic details in an extreme situation.”

Agenda 2014

June-August: Standby, North Atlantic (NYC-Lizard Point) and 24-hour crewed record.
November 2: Start of the Route du Rhum-Guadeloupe (Saint-Malo-Pointe-A-Pitre).

© Eloi Stichelbaut/Spindrift racing