- Name: Yann Guichard
- Nationality: French
- Club: Spindrift Racing
- Year born: 1974
Yann Guichard, the inshore and offshore multihull specialist, will be returning for a third consecutive year to compete on the World Match Racing Tour, with the aim of reaching the top step of the podium at the Championship final in October.
Guichard made his debut on the Tour in 2016 when, as the only French skipper in the competition, he was invited to take part. Yann and his Spindrift Racing crew set themselves modest goals for the first season, and were pleased to reach the Semi Final stage in three events. The events also provided Yann Guichard’s first real taste of match racing, and at the time he commented that the M32 circuit demonstrated “a very high level of competition where, at times, the racing was like playing a game of chess that might only last fifteen minutes”.
The following year, the black and gold team competed in five events in the circuit. The highlight of which was the Alicante Match Cup, where they won each and every one of their matches. With the team’s tactics changed, and the consistent work put in to improve their performance by becoming more aggressive and defensive on the race course. This second appearance on the World Match Racing Tour culminated with a third place in the World Championship in China at the end of the season.
The intense match racing requires a “strong team spirit and a good understanding of the rules,” so Yann Guichard will this year again be sailing with two of his core sailors from Spindrift Racing – Christophe Espagnon (mainsail) and François Morvan (trimmer). Matthieu Salomon will complete this elite team and will be responsible for bow. Their aim – to win the coveted Match Racing World Championship title.
In mid-November, once this inshore season is completed, Spindrift Racing will again be back on stand-by for an attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy with Spindrift 2, the world’s largest ocean racing maxi trimaran.
Yann Guichard (Skipper)
Francois Morvan (Trimmer)
Christophe Espagnon (Mainsail)
Matthieu Salomon (Float)
Match Racing World Championship Results
2017 – 3rd (4th on WMRT Leaderboard)
2016 – 6th (4th on WMRT Leaderboard)
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