MOD 70 RACING – The MOD70 Spindrift racing completed last night the voyage between La Trinité sur Mer and Kiel. It took the crew only two days to reach the big German Harbour on the Baltic Sea. With the shore team travelling by road also in Germany, Spindrift racing has two full days to ready the boat for Friday opening matches of this new MOD70 event, the European Tour. This brand new concept will take the 5 boats strong MOD 70 fleet over 5.000 kilometers around Europe, from Kiel and the Baltic Sea, to Genoa in the Mediterranean, with stopovers in Dublin, Cascais and Marseille. Each of these cities will host spectacular inshore races as well as one v. one speed contests. A fantastic opportunity for Yann Guichard and his Krys Ocean Race winning crew to improve his knowledge of the boat and perform in totally different formats.
The trip from La Trinité sur Mer to Kiel has been a non-eventful affair. With mostly downwind conditions, all on starboard gybe, Spindrift racing has sailed a perfect course across the Channel and on to the Baltic Sea. An ideal training session for the crew, and a great opportunity for a couple of newcomers to fit in; Figaro specialist Erwan Tabarly is an experienced sailor with many talents. He is joined by Guichard‘s long time friend, Figaro Winner and twice round the world multihull record holder Yann Eliès. Says Léo Lucet, Spindrift racing Executive director and crew member, “Yann Guichard has teamed up a great bunch of experienced sailors, with perfectly matching qualities.”
Speed matches and inshore fleet races will require each MOD70 to use a 8 men crew ; Sébastien Marsset and Devan Le Bihan will therefore complete the “load manifest” for Spindrift racing.
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