Friday, 11 October 2013

Banque Populaire VII maxi trimaran, returns to Lorient after success in the Transmed record for programme of technical modifications and development

Armel Le Cleac'h new holder of the Transmed record Marseilles to Carthage on the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII has returned to Lorient the team will now undertake a programme of technical modifications and enhancements to attempt to extract maximum performance.

From the following article (in French) on the Banque Populaire maxi trimaran website:

The rough bing translate is below:

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12 h 30
The Maxi-Trimaran-Solo-Banque-Populaire-VII/, skippered by Armel Le Cléac ' h, is back at its base in Lorient. He arrived this morning at 2:00 in the Morbihan region after 2000 miles of navigation from la Ciotat. New record holder for the crossing of the Mediterranean in solitaire, Armel Le Cléac ' h, and the Team Banque Populaire, will now tackle a project of optimization of his sailboat. Pierre-Emmanuel Levy prints, technical director...

"I wasn't on board but I allowed the crew on arrival that night. The team was happy with this navigation. It must be said that we are particularly pleased with the performance achieved by Armel. For a trial run, it's really good. It actually has now taken possession of his boat. Then the whole team, it is a satisfaction for Banque Populaire has behaved perfectly in all conditions of navigation. The crew took advantage of this delivery to continue our work in depth including on autopilots. Despite an often light wind, he pushed the boat in strong wind just after the start of la Ciotat and the passage of Cape Finisterre. This boat offers a significant margin. It is a good omen to beat many other records solo early 2014".
The Maxi Trimaran Solo Bank Populaire VII will be out of the water this weekend next to a construction which is expected to last until early December.

The crew when the ferry la Ciotat - Lorient: Armel Le Cléac ' h, Yvan Joucla, Yannick Guernec, Kevin Escoffier, Pierre-Yves Moreau, Florent Vilboux

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