Spindrift racing

Sailing has always been important to Dona Bertarelli, and it was in 2006 when she really stepped up her interest in competitive sailing, and put together a female team to race on the Decision 35 multihull circuits on Lake Geneva. In 2010, at the helm of Ladycat, she won the prestigious Bol d’Or Mirabaud.

In 2011, along with her husband, the renowned skipper Yann Guichard, she created Spindrift racing, a team that would participate in international sailing events, both inshore and offshore.

“The spray blown off the crest of a wave or fresh powder snow, the word ‘spindrift’ perfectly matches my passion for the mountains and the oceans.”

In the beginning, the professional sailing team had two boats, the D35 catamaran Ladycat, which Dona Bertarelli skippered, initially with an all-female crew, and now four-time winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, and the 70-foot (21-metre) oceanic MOD70 catamaran, winner of the Transatlantic race and the Round Europe race.

In 2013, Dona Bertarelli took to offshore multihull sailing aboard Spindrift 2, the largest sailing trimaran ever built. In that same year the team secured its first crewed record across the Atlantic.

During the winter of 2015- 2016, Dona Bertarelli made a record attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, awarded for the fastest passage around the world under sail, non-stop and without assistance. The crew of 14, skippered by her husband, completed the 25,000-mile course onboard Spindrift 2, sailing around the world via the three great Capes to finish at Ushant at the tip of Brittany. Although the team narrowly missed beating the record, as helmsman-trimmer, Dona Bertarelli became the fastest woman to sail around the world.

Today, the team races on two multihulls: a TF35, a 35-foot catamaran from Lake Geneva, and the 40-metre maxi trimaran, Spindrift 2.

 

Sailing career highlights

2017
2nd in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud on the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing

2016
‘Female Sailor of the Year 2016’ at the SUI Sailing Awards
Winner of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo in 6 days, 1 hour, 17 minutes and 41 seconds (new record for the Transat)
Winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud on the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing

Winter 2015-2016
Jules Verne Trophy round the world record attempt (maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2) 22 November – 8 January. Course completed in 47 days, 10 hours, 59 minutes 49 seconds at an average speed of 25.35 knots, making Dona Bertarelli the fastest woman to sail around the world.

2015
Winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race (maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2)
3rd in the D35 Trophy, D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
3rd in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud

2014
‘Female Sailor of the Year 2014’ at the SUI Sailing Awards
Winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud on the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing

2013
Record for the Discovery Route in 6 days, 14 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds aboard Spindrift 2
Winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race on Spindrift 2

2012
3rd in the Vulcain Trophy 2012 on the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing

2010
Winner of the Bol d’Or 2010 on the D35 Ladycat

2008
2nd Rolle Open on the D35 Ladycat

2007
First competition on the D35 Ladycat

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