Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Maxi Banque Populaire, delivery to New York with Armel Le Cléac'h to go on standby for solo Trans Atlantic record attempt

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

the rough bing translate below:

Delivery of Solo Maxi Banque Populaire VII: A Friday arrival

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm
The Maxi Solo Bank Populaire VII, her skipper Armel Le Cléac ' h and 5 men of the crew, departed from Lorient last Thursday, currently sailing in the Atlantic ocean, in 13 knots of wind at a speed of 13 knots. Cap on New York, they have already travelled more than half of the course and with 1000 miles remaining, they think to achieve the megalopolis Friday in the morning. On 2 June the 'stand-by' period will commence and Armel and his 'router' will carefully look weather conditions in order to better anticipate the North Atlantic crossing record attempt. Time to fly between New York and Cape Lizard: 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds (owned by Francis Joyon on his Trimaran Idec).

After having seized from Francis Joyon two of its "legendary" records, the road of discovery and one of the longest distance covered in 24 hours, Armel le Cléac ' h tackles a myth constructed by sailors entered the legend of offshore sailing, Tabarly, Arthaud, Bourgnon.'This record is an Everest, record the hardest beating after the 'Med' and the discovery. The road is more difficult on the pace very high sea muscled. It's a huge challenge I want to raise. But it will not risk taking, because the aim of the season is the Route du Rhum. If appropriate, we will go to bottom! I go to New York with a lot of curiosity. I'll explore this city, with the boat... It's nice to get there by sea and navigate with a super boat..."


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