After a nine-day transatlantic delivery, the world’s largest ocean racing multihull, Spindrift 2 and her crew arrived safely in Québec on Wednesday, July 6 at the end of the day.
However, they were forced to remain docked overnight on the coast located opposite Quebec City because of strong winds and currents near the harbour. The maxi trimaran will attempt to reach the village of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo in the coming days.
After several months of work in the boatyard in Brittany, as well as training sessions in Quiberon Bay, the black and gold boat is raring to start this historic race between Québec and Saint Malo. Along with the skipper Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli, 12 other crew will be onboard Spindrift 2 when they cross the starting line between the cities of Québec and Lévis, before embarking on this legendary 3000-mile route.
The start of the race will see them navigate through the famous Gulf of St. Lawrence, renowned for its incredible natural beauty, before heading back into the Atlantic Ocean towards St Malo. As well as the sporting challenge of the race itself, one of the aims of the team is to keep performing at the highest level and work on crew work in preparation for their next attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy.
Currently in Sweden competing in the final of the World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand, Guichard will join the crew after a week of tactical duels where, at the time of writing, he just qualified for the quarter finals in the competitive M32 class. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic in Québec, Spindrift’s technical and sailing team will spend the next few days finalising preparations for the start and will be meeting the public, and in particular groups of children as part of their various “Spindrift for Schools” activities.
by Spindrift Racing