At the 45th edition of Rolex Fastnet Race, Spindrift racing wins after having the crossed the finish line at 02.53 local time. It was a fiercly fought battle at close quarters right down to the wire against Spindrift 2`s main rival, the maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire VII
The atmosphere on the water at the finish was likened to a match race. The whole teams nerves and strength were tested to the last. It was a moment of satisfaction and relaxation when the cannon sounded as the maxi crossed the finish line, only a few seconds ahead of the blue trimaran. The 605 nm course, starting in Cowes , rounding the Fastnet rock and finishing in Plymouth Sound, was completed in 38 hours 53 minutes and 58 seconds.
Yann Guichard, co-skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 «The decisive moment of the race was here at the finish. We were in close contact throughout the race with Banque Populaire VII. In the Irish sea there was a time where they were ahead of us. Everything, as usual, played out in the last two miles, where we were very anxious because of the light conditions.. This race is a sprint. You have to be on the ball from start to finish, and that is what makes this race special. Every went really well onboard, everyone remained focused on their objectives, and Xavier Revil prepared good freeze-dried meal for the crew.. We managed two weeks of solid training since the launch of the boat. We are very proud and happy to win this Rolex Fastnet race! ».
No less than 340 boats remain on the course this evening….. Launched just over a month ago, this is the first victory in the colours of Spindrift racing for the trimaran. It is a good sign of things to come for Spindrift 2's projects and objectives and that of her crew. The giant of offshore racing will be on Standby from the beginning of October for the Route de La Decouverte. (Cadiz to Sansalvadour). Her first world record attempt.
The crew on the maxi Spindrift 2 for the Rolex Fastnet : Dona Bertarelli – Skipper Yann Guichard – Skipper Xavier Revil Erwan Tabarly Antoine Carraz Christophe Espagnon Nicolas Texier Jean Baptiste le Vaillant Thierry Douillard Sébastien Marsset Thomas Rouxel François Morvan Simone Gaeta Erwan Israel