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Posts Tagged ‘spindrift’

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We’re not suspicious types, but it’s hard to keep calling it ‘coincidence’ when a yacht seems downright cursed.  Ever since the blue Banque Pop colors were replaced with the black and gold Spindrift livery, the former Jules Verne-owning Spindrift has gone from one catastrophe to another.

The boat has seen broken bit-ending record runs, an awful injury (and criminal charges) from a collision with a RIB, and one failed or barely started round-the-world effort after another, and as of an hour ago, she’s just dismasted on the way to yet another Jules Verne attempt.

Yann Guichard, skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 said: “The crew is safe and sound. Everything happened so fast. The mast fell to the leeward of the boat. The conditions were not so extreme. It’s too early to know exactly what happened. We had to drop the rigging to save the boat and prepare it for towing.  Operations are currently underway to recover it.”

Here’s the problem: The next generation of bit RTW trimarans is much, much quicker than Spindrift’s generation, and now that she’s lost a million-dollar mast, doesn’t it make more sense for the Dona Bertarelli-funded team to just buy or build a new one?

It has to be more successful than the old – or at least, less cursed… Picture thanks to Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing.

 

January 15th, 2018 by admin

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When the sailing community heard that French multihull phenom Yann Guichard was dating billionaire pharaceutical heiress Dona Bertarelli, plenty of jaded sailors smiled knowing smiles for the Frenchmen’s good luck.  Six years, an engagement, and a hundred thousand miles or so later, we’ve all accepted that Dona ain’t just another ultra-rich swiss sailor, and in this 15-minute interview with Mr. Clean shot last week in Sweden, the fastest female sailor on the planet shows that she’s the real deal and then some.

The down-to-earth Dona talks about women in professional sailing and her LadyCat program (and whether we’ll see it on the M32 circuit), where the Spindrift name comes from, the great (and not so great) things about racing around the world with your lover, whether the World Match RAcing Tour will once again become the feeder for the America’s Cup, and just how likely it is to see a second Bertarelli and the first-ever female-owned team challenging for the America’s Cup.  Clean’s obviously crushing on this amazing role model pretty hard; watch above and you might be too.

You can watch Dona’s soon-to-be husband racing all next week in the million dollar finale to the World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand, live (with Clean’s gravelly voice on the mic) from the 4th to the 9th.  More here.

 

July 1st, 2016 by admin

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It’s already blowing 20 knots here in Fremantle, Oz, and the final fleet racing qualifying round for the first ever multihull World Match Racing Tour event is about to kick in.  Watch it all live with Clean on the mike from 2pm local/1100 Sydney/0600 GMT/0100 ET/1000 PT.  Results, pics, and highlights over here.

March 2nd, 2016 by admin

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Former VOR Dongfeng media crew Yann Riou picks up where he left off as one of sailing’s visual poets, this time aboard the maxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 as she continues her assault on the Jules Verne Trophy.  It’s a beautiful, English-subbed look at the kind of work these bad boys do when things calm down, complete with aerials from the on-board drone.  And don’t forget – Francis Joyon and crew are going for the same outright round-the-world record as Bertarelli/Guichard on S2, and the two boats are almost within spitting distance of eachother!

Don’t bother with the official trackers – SA’er “Volodiaja” has built his own “Universal Tracker” complete with all sorts of tricky functions; follow the two fastest ocean-racing sailboats on the planet right here. Talk about it in Ocean Racing Anarchy.

November 30th, 2015 by admin

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