Photo: Chris Schmid / Spindrift Racing

Spindrift racing signs to GC32 Racing Tour

Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard go foiling

Thursday January 29th 2015, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Spindrift racing is the latest team to sign up for the GC32 Racing Tour, for the Dr Martin Fischer-designed 32ft foiling cats.

Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's team has already announced its participation in the Tour de France à la Voile in July, this year to be sailed in Diam 24 trimarans, as well as participating for a ninth consecutive season in the D35 championship on Lake Geneva, where Dona Bertarelli will be at the helm of Ladycat.

Meanwhile, followed Yann Guichard's second place in the Route du Rhum, aboard the 40m Spindrift 2, the world's biggest racing trimaran will be making its first attempt to break the Jules Verne Trophy record next winter.

So why take part in the GC32 circuit? “It’s clear that the future of sailing is currently leaning towards these foiling boats,” explains Yann Guichard. “It’s not just in the America’s Cup – it’s happening with other contact racing boats too, such as the GC32. Even in offshore racing, the new Vendée Globe monohulls have foils to partially raise the boats into the air so they can sail faster. Performance and innovation are part of Spindrift racing’s DNA, as is our desire to compete at the very top level of international sailing. The GC32 circuit is a perfect match to satisfy both our sporting goals and our partners’ objectives, who will benefit from international exposure in the five host countries. We are excited by the opportunity to learn to foil in a matter of weeks and to compete against the crème de la crème in what promises to be an ultra-competitive circuit.”

The team has been impressive by the performance of the GC32s, able to foil downwind in as little as 8 knots of wind and in stronger conditions, around 20 knots, to even foil upwind. Then there is the calibre of sailors taking part from Olympic champions and America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veterans plus private owners, keen on the thrill of high speed wanting to experience the latest technology in our sport. 

Dona Bertarelli comments: “One of Spindrift racing’s goals is to show our colours in the biggest events in professional sailing. We are thrilled to be able to join these pioneers who are inventing the multihull of tomorrow, giving our partners access to a circuit that is highly visible across Europe. Yann competed in the Extreme 40 class for a number of seasons and was among the first to compete in the AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, always with the aim of producing good results. Together, we will race on the elegant, demanding D35s on Lake Leman, again in search of a podium finish. The G32 is a logical next step for the team but, more importantly, it’s a tremendous sporting challenge.”

GC32 Class President and former Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi commented: “I warmly welcome the newest team, Spindrift racing, to the GC32 class. We believe we can provide Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard with one of the most exciting new boats that can be raced on a one design circuit at the moment.

“It was great to hear that this internationally active and well managed team will enter the 2015 GC32 Racing Tour with their own boat. The team will enjoy very exciting races and experience foiling at its best in our class.

“We want the class to be a family affair where owners, sailors, sponsors, event managers and friends can meet at regattas to enjoy this new and special form of sailing. The GC32 Racing Tour in 2015 will set the benchmark for the future. We start this year with some of best and most established teams in competitive sailing and looking forward to building up a strong series over the upcoming years.

“We are looking forward to many more world class sailing teams joining our sailing series in the future.

“I wish Spindrift racing all the best, exciting competition with lots of ‘airtime’.”

The 2015 GC32 Racing Tour will comprise five events, with Kiel recently announced as third venue. The dates for the grand finale in Marseile have also recently shifted:

27-31 May: Austria Cup - Lake Traunsee, Austria
24-27 June: Cowes Cup - Cowes, UK
29 July-2 August: Kiel, Germany
27-30 August: Rome Cup - Fiumicino, Rome, Italy
30 September-3 October: Marseille One Design - Marseille, France

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