Friday, 31 January 2014

Armel le Cleac'h on maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII smashes solo discovery route record

From the following press release (in French) on the Banque Populaire website:

and the rough bing translate:

New record for Banque Populaire!

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 10:06 pm

The record of the Route de la Découverte was literally exploded in less than a week by The Maxi Trimaran Solo Bank Populaire VII since the time of solitaire reference between Cadiz (Spain) and San El Salvador (Bahamas) has improved over a day and a half: 6 d 23 h 42' 18 "! Armel Le Cléac ' h loop thus his third record after the Mediterranean and the distance covered in 24 hours (682 miles). Impressions of Armel Le Cléac ' h shortly after his arrival...

« This 3 884 mile course somewhat divided into three parts with a start quite tense for the Canary, one half of the Atlantic very muscular with over 30 knots of wind and a more technical end with the gybes. The passage of Gran Canaria was delicate with seas but then I found my rhythm and the right settings which allowed me to break the record for distance in 24 h (682 miles)! "In the end it is a good average, but in addition to the solo record, I improve time to the boat that Franck Cammas had conducted with a crew on this course... . indicated Armel Le Cléac ' h.

An exceptional time

« Get down under the bar of the week, it's great! We start the year to celebrate 25 years of partnership of Banque Populaire: two new records. I have taken the pace on this route as long as a Route du Rhum: I'm not too tired, optimizations of the boat work well, I well anticipated manoeuvres which are always very long and very rears and I no nothing broke important on board. »

At an average of 23,16 knots, this record is the second best of all time!

« The team of Banque Populaire awaits me on the spot because the arrival is not easy with a great boat: we will stand at anchor until Sunday and returning to Lorient in the wake. A new crossed over North Atlantic... And always a good workout for the Route du Rhum at the end of the year. The next deadline, this is the record for crossing the Atlantic: the bar is very high! » 

The record of Armel Le Cléac ' h

-3 884 depressor miles covered in 6 d 23 h 42' 18 "to an average of 23,16 knots
-Actual distance travelled: 4 271 miles to 25.47 knots average speed
-Departure before Cádiz Thursday, January 23 at 8 pm, arrival on Thursday, January 30 at 19 h 39' 17 "
The best times in crew

1988: Serge Madec (Jet Services V) in 12d 12 h 30 m 27 s
2000: Grant Dalton & Bruno Peyron (Club Med) in 10 d 14 h 53 m 44 s
2003: Steve Fossett (PlayStation) in 9 d 13 h 30 m 18s
2007: Franck Cammas (Groupama 3) in 7 d 10 h 58 min 53 s
2013: Dona Bertarelli & Yann Guichard (Spindrift 2) in 6 d 14 h 29 min 21 s

The best times in solitaire

2004: Francis Joyon (IDEC) in 11 d 3 h 17 min 20s
2005: Thomas Coville (Sodeb'o ' O) in 10 d 11 h 50 m 20 s
2008: Francis Joyon (IDEC) in 9 d 20 h 32 min 23 s
2013: Francis Joyon (IDEC) in 8 d 16 h 07 min 05 sec
2014: Armel Le Cléac ' h (Bank popular VII) in 6 d 23 h 42' 18 "

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