From the following press release on the Spindrift Racing website:
The end of sports season has arrived for the giant of the Spindrift racing fleet. After a studious and successful year, 5 months of sailing and 10,000 miles on the clock, it is time for the 131ft black and gold trimaran to have a service and a well-deserved facelift.
Led by Yann Guichard and Antoine Carraz, the technical manager, the whole Spindrift racing team was on duty this week to lift the 25 tons of carbon trimaran out of the water. Dismasting…cranes, delicate operations that require organisation and concentration without errors when you know that the mast is a towering 47 meters and the boat is 40.
Thus in the cold of winter, the largest ocean-going trimaran ever built is back at the CDK boatyard in Lorient. The giant hangar doors were closed on the bows this morning and will re-open in March. A review…optimisation of the frame, this is a serious joblist which is now in the highly-professional hands of the technical team, ahead of an ambitious 2014 sports program that will be announced very soon…
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|Spindrift 2 haulout, photo ©Eloi Stichelbaut|