Photos: Chris Schmidt

The big beast emerges

Spindrift 2 (ex Banque Populaire) maxi trimaran unveiled with new livery and a new schedule for record breaking

Tuesday July 2nd 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

The world's largest maxi-trimaran formerly known as Banque Populaire was today revealed in her new livery by her new owners Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard's Spindrift Racing, in a ceremony held in Lorient.

The 40m long by 23m wide trimaran currently holds nine world records, including the three big ones - outright round the world fully crewed (Jules Verne Trophy), New York to the Lizard and the 24 hour (908.2 miles). She is the latest addition to the Spindrift racing stable, that also includes the D35 catamaran Ladycat and the MOD70 Spindrift. Spindrift 2, as the boat is now known, has had a new paintjob in black, white and gold, styled like her two other stable mates.

Spindrift 2 will start a summer racing program of records and training to allow Bertarelli and Guichard and their team to garner as much knowledge about their new vessel before they embark on a fresh program of record breaking with this incredible VPLP-designed and Multiplast built boat. 

Spindrift 2 will make her debut his summer and the challenge for both skippers and their crew and shore crew to learn how to harness the power of the biggest racing trimaran in the world. As the boat has been refitted in Lorient, so the Spindrift racing team has been working to optimise the boat, but Bertarelli and Guichard want to apply the latest technology to improve her performance wherever possible. A new rig is well on the way, based on a lighter mast suitable for her anticipated record campaign. "We will reduce the sail area and are seeking the perfect balance between weight and power in order to make performance gains," Guichard said, confirming what he said in an interview earlier this year with thedailysail.com

Meanwhile Dona Bertarelli took special care with the new colour scheme for Spindrift 2, as she has previously done for Ladycat and the MOD70. "This was the work of the team with conversations between Yann, Christophe Schmid, our graphic artist and Jean-Baptiste Epron," she says.

"The implementation of the design was carried out largely by Léo Lucet, Antoine Carraz and our technical team, who have been actively involved, so the result met with my expectations. It was about finding a harmony between three boats in the team, so that at first glance one can recognise their stable. I also wanted a clean design, that was both elegant and unconventional for such a huge boat. The colours black, white and gold were already decided. These colours define us well ; black: competitiveness, determination, commitment, strength, surpassing yourself; white: purity, wisdom, discipline, team spirit, sharing ; and gold: the elegance, femininity, passion, the exceptional, originality, great feats, the colour of victory..."

For many years Bertarelli and Guichard have applied their talent and passion for speed sailing on multihulls. As well as his Olympic pedigree, Guichard is also one of the undisputed specialists in oceanic trimarans; he was meticulous in learning this on the now defunct ORMA 60 trimaran class before becoming one of the leaders of the new MOD70 class, winning the 2012 championship.

"The maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 takes us into a whole new dimension," Guichard advises. "We want to take the time to tame this giant of the seas without any shortcuts."

The Rolex Fastnet Race will offer the Spindrift racing team the opportunity to make its debut this summer on a maxi trimaran which knows the way from Cowes to Plymouth via southern Ireland, as she already holds the race record.

"Spindrift 2 has enormous intrinsic qualities," Guichard said. "It is for us to discover the best way to add our thoughts about optimising the platform."

The amount of sailing will increase during the second half of 2013 to prepare for the record campaigns in the coming years. It will be a studious end to the year for the Spindrift team as the prelude to a projected four-year program.

"We have given ourselves four years to mature and establish new record times over the most significant courses," Bertarelli said.

"We are working on different possible sail configurations with a new rig," Guichard adds.

The aim is to optimise this new sail plan for the Jules Verne Trophy. The current mast is suitable for particular records such as the 24 hours or the North Atlantic.

"The Route du Rhum in 2014 is also an opportunity that we are studying,” says Bertarelli.

Guichard adds: «"It is a legendary race that any sailor or team aspires to do. As a competitor, it is the ultimate challenge that I want to attempt. This is quite a technical study and we have already begun to determine if this maxi trimaran can be sailed alone."

2013 program

Rolex Fastnet
Spindrift 2 will participate in the Rolex Fastnet race on August 11. Under the colours of its former owner, as Banque Populaire V, the boat is the record holder of the event, with a time of in 1 day 8 hours and 48 minutes, at an average speed of 18.1 knots. The crew for this race has been announced as Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard – co-skippers, plus Xavier Revil, Jacques Guichard, Erwan Tabarly, Antoine Carraz,
Nicolas Texier, Jean Baptiste le Vaillant, Thierry Douillard, Sébastien Marsset and Erwan Israel

The Discovery Route. Cadiz (Spain) - San Salvador (Bahamas)
Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard will then consider an attempt on the Discovery Route in the autumn. The record time belongs to the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 (Franck Cammas) and was established in May 2007 in 7 days 10 hours 58 minutes and 53 seconds.

Transatlantic return
A transatlantic return to Europe is the plan for this winter, with, if the opportunity arises, an attempt for the 24-hour distance record currently held by this boat as Banque Populaire V.

The Channel Record between Cowes (England) and Dinard (France)
This record is currently held by Maiden 2 (Brian Thompson) since it was set 2002 in a time of 5 hours 23 minutes and 38 seconds, at an average speed of 25.60 knots.


2014 program

Route du Rhum - from Saint Malo in November 2014
or
North Atlantic Record : New York - Lizard. This record is also held by Banque Populaire since it was set by then skipper Pascal Bidegorry, in 2 August, 2009. The present record stands at 3 days 15 hours and 25 minutes and 48 seconds, at an average of 33.41 knots.

The Round Britain
Record held by the Maxi Banque Populaire V (Pascal Bidegorry) since July 2011 : 3 days 3 hours 49 minutes and 14 seconds, at an average speed of 23.3 knots.

Mediterranean record: Marseille (France) - Carthage (Tunisia)
Held by the Maxi Banque Populaire V (Pascal Bidegorry) since May 16, 2010 with a time of 14 hours, 20 minutes and 34 seconds.

24-hour Record - world record for distance sailed in 24hrs
Held by the Maxi Banque Populaire V (Pascal Bidegorry) since August 1, 2009: 908.2 miles, at an average speed of 37.8 knots, with a top speed of 47.16 knots.


2015-2016 program

Retry the following records if they have not already been broken:

Record of the North Atlantic: New York - Lizard
Held by the Maxi Banque Populaire V (Pascal Bidegorry) since August 2, 2009: 3 days 15 hours and 25 minutes and 48 seconds, at an average speed of 33.41 knots.

Mediterranean record: Marseille (France) - Carthage (Tunisia)
Held by the Maxi Banque Populaire V (Pascal Bidegorry) since May 16, 2010 with a time of 14 hours, 20 minutes and 34 seconds.

24-hour Record - world record for distance sailed in 24hrs
Held by the Maxi Banque Populaire V (Pascal Bidegorry) since August 1, 2009: 908.2 miles, at an average speed of 37.8 knots, with a top speed of 47.16 knots.

Jules Verne Trophy. Around the world via the three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn.
Held by the Maxi Banque Populaire V (Loick Peyron) since January 6, 2012: 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds, at an average speed of 19.75 knots.

 

 

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  • 488830 02/07/2013 - 18:14

    not a multiplast but a CDK built boat, masterminded by the late Hubert Desjoyaux

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