VIDEO: That’s one way to get noticed
Published on June 23rd, 2013
The inaugural Route des Princes, a four stage European tour for large multihulls, got some recognition the old fashioned way. They videotaped a capsize.
The four stage tour, which began in Spain with stops in Portugal, Ireland, England, before finishing in France, got international attention when the MOD70 Spindrift capsized at the start of an inshore race in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.
Yann Guichard, the skipper of Spindrift explained the circumstances of the capsize: “We had 22 to 24 knots of wind on the start line with gusts of up to 30 knots at the lower end of the course. We were at the limit of weather conditions for our boats and it was not great for racing. All the MODs had one reef in the main and staysail. We started a bit below and behind the fleet and found ourselves slightly in a wind shadow. When our rivals had moved away we had a sudden gust literally flattened us.
“I was unable to do anything at the helm, the boat was turned over with a single blow. We let out the staysail immediately, but it was too late as it all happened in a split second. The boat was lifted onto the port float and went over. Jacques (Guichard) was with me in the cockpit and we found ourselves in the net … we managed to get out and then were airlifted. The mast broke in two when Spindrift turned over. The frame of the trimaran was towed away to the port.”
All crew are safe, but Jacques Guichard, Yann’s brother and a key member of the crew, was hurt in the accident. Both brothers were airlifted by helicopter to the hospital in Dublin, where Jacques was diagnosed with fractures to the pelvis.