New lease of life for the Banque Populaire maxi

Photos; Chris Schmid /Spindrift racing
Yann Guichard on Spindrift Racing's latest acquisition and his busy MOD70 and D35 programs
Outside of the people who regularly get to sail AC72s, Yann Guichard is a sailor in one of the most enviable positions in our sport. Spindrift Racing, which he runs with Dona Bertarelli (Ernesto's sister), has recently acquired the 40m long former Banque Populaire maxi trimaran (now called Spindrift 2), adding to the La Trinite-sur-Mer based team’s existing MOD70 trimaran and Bertarelli’s D35 Ladycat, which it also manages. Spindrift Racing’s season is understandably busy juggling three boats on race courses dotted around Europe. This kicks off with next month’s opening event of the D35’s Vulcain Trophy, the Open de Versoix National Suisse. Dona Bertarelli helms Ladycat and the intention is for the team to complete the whole season on Lake Geneva, particularly hoping to re-create their 2010 success when Ladycat won Switzerland’s top event, the Bol d'Or Mirabaud and they will be looking to improve their third place finish in last year's Vulcain Trophy. Guichard will be tactician on board Ladycat for the all the races he can make this year, but there will be some particularly interesting juggling to be done around the time of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud as it coincides with an in-port race in Lisbon during the Route des Princes, in which Spindrift Racing is campaigning its MOD70. Guichard says he will have a stunt double helming their black and white MOD70 for that, but will have to miss the two D35 Grand Prix prior to the Bold d’Or because of clashes with the Route des Princes. “It is difficult, but it is fantastic for me and the team. We have three fantastic boats and a big program for the next five years. It is good for the sailing world as well when you have someone like Dona who invests our sport, because it is so difficult