Alicante, Spain (October 15, 2017) – On a day when you couldn’t have asked for better sailing conditions, Yann Guichard’s Spindrift Racing rounded off a flawless display with victory at the Alicante Match Cup.
Guichard defeated Dutch two-time Olympian Pieter-Jan Postma in the final to maintain an impressive 100 per cent win rate during the four-day regatta, held in conjunction with the start of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.
The weather gods saved their best until last, delivering a 10-12 knot breeze and bright blue skies for the final day of action that saw the M32s able to really stretch their legs. Again the fleet of seven 65ft Volvo Ocean Race boats provided a stunning backdrop as they held their own Pro-Am racing just offshore from the M32 race course.
As the quarter final heats resumed teams started to tumble – Postma sunk Lukasz Wosinski’s Delphia Sailing Team 2-0, Jonas Warrer’s Team Warrer finished off Nico Delle Karth’s Chilli Racing 3-1while Markus Edegran’s E11even Racing took down Sally Barkow’s Team Magenta 32 after the all-female crew got stuck on a course mark.
Guichard and Postma then showed their strength in the semis, the Frenchman easing past Warrer 3-0 while his Dutch counterpart only dropped one race in a 3-1 win over Edegran.
The finals began in dramatic style with Postma penalised in the pre-start of the first race for not keeping clear of Guichard as port tack boat, a mistake he never recovered from.
Race two saw Postma again hit with a penalty before the starting gun, and in a repeat of race one Guichard was free to sail the course untroubled.
With Guichard poised at match point in the first-to-three clash, Postma led off the start line of race three but by the first upwind cross the Frenchman was back in control. Postma was powerless to stop Guichard extending away and claiming his third victory on the bounce, and with it the regatta title.
Both teams automatically now qualify for the opening Championship level event of the 2018 World Match Racing Tour.