KRYS OCEAN RACE UPDATE – Yann Guichard and his five man crew crossed the finish line on Spindrift racing on Thursday July 12 at 12hrs 08m 37s UTC (14hrs 08m 37s local) to take overall victory in the inaugural KRYS OCEAN RACE transatlantic race in an elapsed time of 4 days 21 hours 08 minutes 37s, an average of 25.03 kts for this 2950 miles race course.
In this first ocean race for the new MOD70 one design multihull class, Spindrift racing finished about an hour and a half ahead of Sébastien Josse’s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and FONCIA, who were about a quarter of an hour behind second, after a great race across the Atlantic from New York to Brest in winds which is rarely dropped below twenty knots …
This is the first great ocean racing victory for Yann Guichard.
At 38, this former Olympic Tornado catamaran sailor, who finished fourth in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, has amassed considerable multihull experience offshore with Marc Guillemot, Bruno Peyron and Franck Cammas, racing solo across the Atlantic in 2010, but also on the Swiss lakes in the D35 and M-2 multihulls.
He has also raced inshore as helm in the America’s Cup World Series and the Extreme 40 series.
Launched in the January this year, Spindrift racing is MOD70 hull number 5, and has been taken on by his crew which includes Pascal Bidégorry, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Jacques Guichard, Leo Lucet and Kevin Escoffier.
Bidégorry, Escoffier and Le Vaillant are among those who set the existing outright Atlantic record in 2009.
Spindrift racing sailed an actual 3284 miles on the water at an average of 28.04 knots.
A live radio session will be held at 16hrs local time (14h UTC) in the village of the KRYS OCEAN RACE with the first three crews to have finished.
Friday 13th at 1400h, the MOD70 fleet arrives into Brest harbour taking centre stage in the Tonnerres de Brest maritime festival.