Spindrift Racing, based in Saint Philibert near La Trinite sur Mer in Brittany, are currently trialling the new Barton Kevlar and Carbon fibre protection pads. Led by two exceptional skippers, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, Spindrift Racing has excelled since their creation in 2011 thanks to its five multihulls tailored for racing. The team line up comprises of a D35 catamaran, a GC 32 trimaran Spindrift, a MOD70 trimaran Spindrift, a Diam 24 trimaran Spindrift and the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2.
Spindrift 2 (formerly Banque Populaire V), now sponsored by Mirabaud Zenith and Genes-X, is currently the largest offshore racing trimaran in the world at 40m (130ft) in length. Skippered by Yann Guichard and owned by Dona Bertarelli & Spindrift Racing, she is currently attempting to break the world record for sailing around the world.
To break the record and win the famous Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift 2 will have to circumnavigate the globe in less than 45 days, 13 hours and 43 minutes, a record originally set by the French skipper Loick Peyron with Banque Populaire V in 2012. To undertake the crewed around the world record is as much about the human adventure as it is a technical and sporting challenge.
Earlier this year Spindrift 2 was in a dry dock in Brittany for a five month reconfiguration refit for the JVT challenge, notably with the construction of a new 42-metre carbon fibre mast. The original mast design was shortened by 6m for Yann Guichard to manage the boat single-handedly in the 2014 Route du Rhum race in which he achieved a second place in line honours. During the training phase and build up for the Jules Verne attempt, Spindrift undertook over 40,000 nautical miles of racing and training, participated in the 46th Fastnet Race in August 2015 and was the first to cross the finish line in Plymouth.
Spindrift racing, a French-Swiss team, are multihull experts made up from a background of ex-Olympic and Volvo Ocean Racers. The team ethos is to optimise performance by using the marine industry's top technical and engineering expertise. Barton Marine are very pleased that the new technical pads, technology born from the world of Formula One race cars, are being tested to extremes by a sailing race team at the top of their game. Produced with a special high performance 3M pressure sensitive adhesive backing, the new wear pads provide excellent resistance to edge lifting, immersion and exposure to salt water. The pads are flexible, can be cut to size and will conform to curved or flat surfaces, they are ideal for preventing blocks and lines from damaging the deck and gelcoat.
To follow the latest news on Spindrift's Jules Verne Trophy record attempt visit: http://www.spindrift-racing.com