A very disappointing start on first day of new week. It was frustrating to receive this notice early evening, shortly after the twitter notice came in at 01:35 pm CET with the news “SPINDRIFT 2: It’s time to leave the dock for the Jules Verne Trophy”.
Here I don’t like to citiate some of the so called “experts” who proclaimed quickly that the new incident of dismasting the world biggest ocean going multihull before crossing the start line to battle for a new Jules Verne Trophy record is just “bad luck”, because the former Ultime Trimaran Banque Populaire V was renamed by the owner and billionaire Dona Bertarelli who bought the boat and funded the campaign for a first attempt in 2015. The team around Dona attempted two years ago to break Banque Populaire’s Jules Verne record, and failed arriving the finish line two days too late.
In the world of professional sail racing with multi-million dollar budgets there is no place for superstitions as it might still exist among (hobby) sailors that it’s bad luck to change the name of a boat. Very nonsense to think into that direction.
At about 1600h (CET) today, Monday 15 January 2018, Spindrift 2 was sailing just off Point St Matthieu and Camaret in Brittany on her way to the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy, when she dismasted.
At the time the 40m trimaran was sailing at 15-18 knots of boat speed in 30 knot westerly winds and in three metre seas. Spindrfit 2 had two reefs in the main and the J3 (ORC).
Yann Guichard, skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 says: “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.”
Spindrift 2 will now return to Brest and is currently under tow and expected to arrive later this evening.
Note to editors: Spindrift 2 was on its way to the start line for the Jules Verne Trophy round the world record between Ushant (France) and Lizard Point (England). The crew of 12 is led by skipper Yann Guichard (FRA).
The mast shall be recovered and we must keep patient till the analysis have been done to understand the reasons behind. I suppose the team owner will have to decide if this racer still has a future to keep the level of competitiveness against new foiling designs. Is it worth to invest some more millions for work intensive repairing and refitting for a new attempt end of 2018 or beginning 2019 ?
A very disappointed skipper Yann Guichard after returning without mast …