Dona Bertarelli is President and Co-Skipper of Spindrift Racing. A successful business and sportswoman, she also plays a major role at the Bertarelli Foundation.
Dona founded Spindrift Racing in 2011. Specialising in multihulls, Spindrift, a sailing racing stable, runs three boats for three complementary projects: the Decision 35 Ladycat, the monotype trimaran MOD70 Spindrift, and the 40m maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2. A team project, Spindrift is dedicated to sharing experiences and knowledge, while at the same constantly seeking to surpass previous performance. In 2013, Spindrift won the prestigious Rolex Fastnet race and followed up that feat by then taking off nearly a whole day from the record for The America Discovery Route – the west-east Atlantic Crossing that follows the route sailed in 1492 by Christopher Columbus.
Four years earlier, in 2007, Dona had launched her Decision 35 catamaran Ladycat, which was formed not just to win, but to help promote women in sport. Ladycat has become a notable force in the sailing world and in 2010, with Dona at the helm, Ladycat won the prestigious Bol d’Or Mirabaud race.
From 1992 to 1997 Dona served as Executive Director, Public and Professional Affairs, at Serono SA, taking a leave of absence in 1998 to raise her family. A driving force behind the development of Serono’s philanthropy and educational programmes, Dona was also at the same time instrumental in establishing and managing the Bertarelli Foundation, which she continues to Chair today, together with her brother Ernesto.
Dona’s interest in business ventures in the lifestyle and sports worlds led to her acquisitions, in 2001, of Country Club Geneva, the largest multi-sports club in the city and then, in 2003, of the Grand Hotel Park in Gstaad, which in 2010 was completely refurbished to celebrate the hotel’s centenary.
Dona also – through Spindrift Racing – supports the Vaud transfusion service campaign, Ma Vie Ton Sang, to promote blood donation. She is also the godmother for the Womanity charity (formerly Smiling Children), as well as being active in several other charitable foundations.