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Armel Le Cléac’h reveals his new Banque Populaire VIII

Posted on 15 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Vendee Globe] Second in the last two editions of the Vendée Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h has given himself the means to win the next race with his new 60 pieds IMOCA Banque Populaire VIII, which is now into the final stage of her construction. Packed with innovations, the VPLP/Verdier designed boat will be fitted with foils. After her launch planned for March, Armel Le Cléac’h will be tested in the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre which he will race double-handed with Erwan Tabarly.

“The fact that we haven’t won yet, meant that we all wanted to get back out there, but this time with our own boat. I got over the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe and looked four years ahead, understanding how much of a challenge it was going to be and everyone wanted to be there.” As soon as the last Vendée Globe was over, Armel Le Cléac’h had one thing on his mind. He wanted to try for a third time in order to win. With this in mind, he set about building a new 60-foot IMOCA as that seemed to be the best option. This innovative boat has just been presented by Armel Le Cléac’h and the designer Vincent Lauriot-Prévost.

The choice of designers 

Armel Le Cléac’h: “We went for VPLP Verdier because of their skill and they were nearby, as we needed to be in touch all the time. Their boats perform well and have always evolved. Banque Populaire wanted to work with a French yard, French craftsmen so we went for CDK. Once again, we can take advantage of them being close to us. We set about working with Safran to do certain things together, such as the tooling and the hull mould. The designers showed us the new features for the hull on which they had been working. Work began on the mould a year ago or eight months after the start of the project.”

An IMOCA fitted with foils

Armel Le Cléac’h: “The major innovation is the arrival of foils. The designers suggested these after the experiments in the America’s Cup and in sailing in general, where foils are becoming more and more common. The idea was to use these new technologies to take the weight off the hull at certain speeds and to allow acceleration. We did a lot of work with the research team and the designers, an dthe whole of the Banque Populaire team. This is a huge challenge, which initailly was very theoretical. We decided to carry out experiments with the Team. We chartered Sébastien Picot’s Mini 6,50 N°198 on which we fitted three daggerboards, one traditional one and two with foils to carry out trials from July 2014 under the supervision of Bertrand Pacé, to find out more. It was fascinating. It was complicated to set up and adjust and after a lot of attempts, we had some surprises. We went for one of the two options suggested by the designers. We added the foils to the construction in December.”

3D IMOCA Banque Populaire VIII. JB Epron

3D IMOCA Banque Populaire VIII. JB Epron

Vincent Lauriot-Prévost: “When the keel is canted windward, the keel blade generates some lift for the boat and to act against the heel, we have the foils making up for the loss of power. We regain the power by generating vertical thrust. The boat is therefore in air mode more than the previous generations. It has to correspond to certain angles and forces that we often find in the Vendée Globe, and the result is a huge gain in speed of several knots. The boat will not be more powerful, but will appear to be lighter with a smaller wetted surface as she is raised up by these appendages.”

A boat designed for the Vendée Globe

Vincent Lauriot-Prévost: “Rather than looking for a good all-round performer, we went for a boat that offers gains 60% of the time and slight losses 20% of the time.”

3D IMOCA Banque POpulaire VIII. JB Epron

3D IMOCA Banque POpulaire VIII. JB Epron

Ease of handling: a protected cockpit

Armel Le Cléac’h: “I wanted the cockpit to be protected and for the boat to be as dry as possible. These monohulls are usually very wet and you get the full force of the spray and waves. When sailing around the world, it is important to be able to carry out manoeuvres while protected by a sliding cover, with a helm that makes her easy to handle and that is well placed to offer good visibility. Spending a long time at the helm can make all the difference in spite of the efficiency of autopilots, as we saw in the final stretch of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe.”

A bare interior 

Armel Le Cléac’h: “I have made a lot of savings inside cutting down the comfort. We had to maje her light here. It has to be easy to stack. We repeated a few things from the previous boat. We have optimised the electronics and computers, everything inside and the energy systems… We have tried some new things such as a new type of cleat, although in a year from now we can always change our mind… We have plenty of time to get out there sailing early both racing and testing.”

Mini 6.50 - Test Foil - Banque Populaire. Skipper, Armel Le Cleac'h et Bertrand Pace. Y.Zedda / BPCE

Mini 6.50 – Test Foil – Banque Populaire. Skipper, Armel Le Cleac’h et Bertrand Pace. Y.Zedda / BPCE

The 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 with Erwan Tabarly 

Armel Le Cléac’h: “I have known him for ages. We come from the same generation. We did a Solo Télégramme together and were both rookies in the 2000 Figaro. He has a lot of experience of ocean racing. He is very strong with a lot of determination and he’s a great bloke. I wanted to do it with someone I hadn’t sailed with before. Erwan knows the team well. He can offer a new way of looking at my sailing.”

Mini 6,50 Banque Populaire. Skipper, Armel Le Cleac'h et Bertrand Pace. Y.Zedda / BPCE

Mini 6,50 Banque Populaire. Skipper, Armel Le Cleac’h et Bertrand Pace. Y.Zedda / BPCE

Provisional schedule for 2015

  • Late March: launch
  • April: get to know the boat and make adjustments
  • 1st to 4th May: Grand Prix Guyader (crewed)
  • 19th to 23rd of June: SNSM Record
  • June: IMOCA courses in Port-la-Forêt
  • July: yard

Late July: relaunch
  • 16th Aug: Rolex Fastnet Race double-handed
  • 25th October: Transat Jacques Vabre

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The Banque Populaire – Groupama duel across the north Atlantic

Posted on 02 August 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Groupama] Groupama 3 crossed the finish line in her Transatlantic record attempt on Sunday 2nd August at 1625′ 12”: the trimaran driven by Franck Cammas and his nine crew took 3 days 18 hours 12 minutes 56 seconds to cover the 2,880 miles which separate the Ambrose Light (New York) from Lizard Point (Cornwall, UK).

Departure: Exceptional conditions…
Wednesday 29th July 2009 at 20h 12m 16s UT
Position: 40° 26.9 North – 73° 47.9 West
Distance to cover: 2,880 miles

Groupama 3 set off midway through the afternoon (local time) in a SW’ly air flow of twenty knots, becoming stronger with the passage of a line of squalls. The aim is to catch up with a cold front off Newfoundland, which has formed over Canada and which is set to traverse the Atlantic at nearly 35 knots. Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off 2hrs35 before Pascal Bidégorry and his men…

Day 1: Duel on the Atlantic
Thursday 30th July 2009 at 2205 UT
Position: 44° 04.6 North – 56° 43.7 West
Distance remaining: 2,094 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 727 miles
Average speed over 24hrs: 30.3 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: deficit of 71.4 miles

The start of the course isn’t as fast as it was two years earlier, with a slight, temporary drop in the wind off Sable Island, which causes Groupama 3 to lose a few miles. Still accompanied by a SW’ly air flow of over twenty knots, Franck Cammas and his men are picking their way through the fog, though the seas are flat which favours steady speeds. Her rival is slightly faster in these weather conditions, clawing back around forty miles since the departure from New York.

Pascal Bidégorry and Banque Populaire V smash the North Atlantic crossing record. Video copyright Banque Populaire

Day 2: The 800 mile barrier!
Friday 31st July 2009 at 2100 UT
Position: 47° 34 North – 38° 49.4 West
Distance remaining: 1,326 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 801.8 miles
Average speed over 24 hrs: 33.4 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: lead of 118.9 miles

Once round the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Groupama 3 can lengthen her stride in a wind which has climbed to nearly thirty knots: Franck Cammas and his men have entered the Atlantic with an extremely favourable attacking angle in relation to the wind (130°). Overnight they shatter the legendary 800 mile standard for a day’s sailing and the acceleration is such that the average speeds just keep on growing: the trimaran is now ahead of the 2007 reference time. The separation from her rival remains stable at around thirty miles in favour of Pascal Bidégorry and his crew.

Day 3: 857.5 miles in 24 hours…
Saturday 1st August 2009 at 2000 UT
Position: 50° 23.4 North – 19° 10.7 West
Distance remaining: 537 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 825.8 miles
Average speed over 24hrs: 34.4 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: lead of 217.6 miles

There is just a fifth of the course to go and Groupama 3 is well ahead of the record time, which she’s held since July 2007. The weather conditions and above all the sea state are not very built-up, enabling the speed records to explode with every passing hour. Ultimately the figures reach an average of 35.7 knots over 24 hrs. Under staysail and two reefs, Franck Cammas’ crew are driving the trimaran at 100% of her potential, but her rival is longer by nine metres and more powerful, and clearly has a particular penchant for these conditions: she culminates in 907 miles in 24hrs, an outright record! As a result, Pascal Bidégorry and his crew make up the deficit from their later start and even get ahead of Groupama 3 in elapsed time…

Day 4: Arrivals in contact
Sunday 2nd August 2009 at 1425′ UT
Position: 49° 54.8 North – 5° 11 West
Distance remaining: 0 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 720 miles
Average speed over 24 hrs: 30 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: lead of 258 miles

The mission to beat the 2007 record is a done deal. However the best time achieved across the Atlantic goes to Pascal Bidégorry and his crew, who cross the finish line off Lizard Point at 14h 13′ 30” (UT). Barely quarter of an hour later, Groupama 3 also completes her express crossing, confirming her excellent potential in the medium wind, since she made up around forty miles on her rival in twelve hours. Franck Cammas and his nine crew have improved on their reference time from July 2007 by 9hrs 44′! They traversed the Atlantic in 3d 18h 12′ 56” at the incredible average speed of 31.92 knots…

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The Banque Populaire – Groupama duel across the north Atlantic

Posted on 02 August 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Groupama] Groupama 3 crossed the finish line in her Transatlantic record attempt on Sunday 2nd August at 1625′ 12”: the trimaran driven by Franck Cammas and his nine crew took 3 days 18 hours 12 minutes 56 seconds to cover the 2,880 miles which separate the Ambrose Light (New York) from Lizard Point (Cornwall, UK).

Departure: Exceptional conditions…
Wednesday 29th July 2009 at 20h 12m 16s UT
Position: 40° 26.9 North – 73° 47.9 West
Distance to cover: 2,880 miles

Groupama 3 set off midway through the afternoon (local time) in a SW’ly air flow of twenty knots, becoming stronger with the passage of a line of squalls. The aim is to catch up with a cold front off Newfoundland, which has formed over Canada and which is set to traverse the Atlantic at nearly 35 knots. Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off 2hrs35 before Pascal Bidégorry and his men…

Day 1: Duel on the Atlantic
Thursday 30th July 2009 at 2205 UT
Position: 44° 04.6 North – 56° 43.7 West
Distance remaining: 2,094 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 727 miles
Average speed over 24hrs: 30.3 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: deficit of 71.4 miles

The start of the course isn’t as fast as it was two years earlier, with a slight, temporary drop in the wind off Sable Island, which causes Groupama 3 to lose a few miles. Still accompanied by a SW’ly air flow of over twenty knots, Franck Cammas and his men are picking their way through the fog, though the seas are flat which favours steady speeds. Her rival is slightly faster in these weather conditions, clawing back around forty miles since the departure from New York.

Pascal Bidégorry and Banque Populaire V smash the North Atlantic crossing record. Video copyright Banque Populaire

Day 2: The 800 mile barrier!
Friday 31st July 2009 at 2100 UT
Position: 47° 34 North – 38° 49.4 West
Distance remaining: 1,326 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 801.8 miles
Average speed over 24 hrs: 33.4 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: lead of 118.9 miles

Once round the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Groupama 3 can lengthen her stride in a wind which has climbed to nearly thirty knots: Franck Cammas and his men have entered the Atlantic with an extremely favourable attacking angle in relation to the wind (130°). Overnight they shatter the legendary 800 mile standard for a day’s sailing and the acceleration is such that the average speeds just keep on growing: the trimaran is now ahead of the 2007 reference time. The separation from her rival remains stable at around thirty miles in favour of Pascal Bidégorry and his crew.

Day 3: 857.5 miles in 24 hours…
Saturday 1st August 2009 at 2000 UT
Position: 50° 23.4 North – 19° 10.7 West
Distance remaining: 537 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 825.8 miles
Average speed over 24hrs: 34.4 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: lead of 217.6 miles

There is just a fifth of the course to go and Groupama 3 is well ahead of the record time, which she’s held since July 2007. The weather conditions and above all the sea state are not very built-up, enabling the speed records to explode with every passing hour. Ultimately the figures reach an average of 35.7 knots over 24 hrs. Under staysail and two reefs, Franck Cammas’ crew are driving the trimaran at 100% of her potential, but her rival is longer by nine metres and more powerful, and clearly has a particular penchant for these conditions: she culminates in 907 miles in 24hrs, an outright record! As a result, Pascal Bidégorry and his crew make up the deficit from their later start and even get ahead of Groupama 3 in elapsed time…

Day 4: Arrivals in contact
Sunday 2nd August 2009 at 1425′ UT
Position: 49° 54.8 North – 5° 11 West
Distance remaining: 0 miles
Distance covered in 24 hrs: 720 miles
Average speed over 24 hrs: 30 knots
Separation in relation to the reference time: lead of 258 miles

The mission to beat the 2007 record is a done deal. However the best time achieved across the Atlantic goes to Pascal Bidégorry and his crew, who cross the finish line off Lizard Point at 14h 13′ 30” (UT). Barely quarter of an hour later, Groupama 3 also completes her express crossing, confirming her excellent potential in the medium wind, since she made up around forty miles on her rival in twelve hours. Franck Cammas and his nine crew have improved on their reference time from July 2007 by 9hrs 44′! They traversed the Atlantic in 3d 18h 12′ 56” at the incredible average speed of 31.92 knots…

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Banque Populaire V to sail on Wedndesday night for North Atlantic record

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Valencia Sailing

After its passage to code green yesterday, Maxi Banque Populaire V and her crew have been in the starting blocks. They will start tonight in the conquest of the legendary North Atlantic crossing record, held by Franck Cammas on Groupama 3 in 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes and 54 seconds, that are also on stand by in New York.

The huge trimaran should cross the starting line during the evening in New York (Ambrose), which should be in the middle of the night from Wednesday to Thursday in Europe.

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Banque Populaire V to sail on Wedndesday night for North Atlantic record

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Valencia Sailing

After its passage to code green yesterday, Maxi Banque Populaire V and her crew have been in the starting blocks. They will start tonight in the conquest of the legendary North Atlantic crossing record, held by Franck Cammas on Groupama 3 in 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes and 54 seconds, that are also on stand by in New York.

The huge trimaran should cross the starting line during the evening in New York (Ambrose), which should be in the middle of the night from Wednesday to Thursday in Europe.

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It’s back to Code Red for Banque Populaire V

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Banque Populaire] The Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V began in early July a stand-by in New York, waiting for the best weather window in order to try to beat North Atlantic crossing record (New-York/Cap Lizard).

Yesterday, the multihull and her crew went Code Orange because a favorable weather window could suggest a potential departure within 48 hours. This morning, after receiving and studying the latest weather files, it appears that the window that was conducive to a departure from New York on the night of Wednesday to Thursday was largely deteriorated, forcing Pascal Bidégorry to take the decision and go back to Code Red.

Pascal Bidégorry comments on this choice: “Yesterday, all files and the various weather models were consistent in the right direction but unfortunately the window deteriorated last night. It’s a shame because since the beginning of our standby it was the first window that could have allowed us to cross the North Atlantic in 4 days. Since this morning routing models show a much longer crossing time. However, we waited until the last moment at the Roissy aiport in Paris to see any changes before making a decision to get back to Code Red. There is a priori no window in the days to come but we must remain vigilant because the system remains unstable.”

Before attempting a record why not do some much-needed PR action in Times Square? Video copyright Banque Populaire

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It’s back to Code Red for Banque Populaire V

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Banque Populaire] The Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V began in early July a stand-by in New York, waiting for the best weather window in order to try to beat North Atlantic crossing record (New-York/Cap Lizard).

Yesterday, the multihull and her crew went Code Orange because a favorable weather window could suggest a potential departure within 48 hours. This morning, after receiving and studying the latest weather files, it appears that the window that was conducive to a departure from New York on the night of Wednesday to Thursday was largely deteriorated, forcing Pascal Bidégorry to take the decision and go back to Code Red.

Pascal Bidégorry comments on this choice: “Yesterday, all files and the various weather models were consistent in the right direction but unfortunately the window deteriorated last night. It’s a shame because since the beginning of our standby it was the first window that could have allowed us to cross the North Atlantic in 4 days. Since this morning routing models show a much longer crossing time. However, we waited until the last moment at the Roissy aiport in Paris to see any changes before making a decision to get back to Code Red. There is a priori no window in the days to come but we must remain vigilant because the system remains unstable.”

Before attempting a record why not do some much-needed PR action in Times Square? Video copyright Banque Populaire

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The maxi trimaran Banque Populaire arrives in New York

Posted on 28 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The maxi trimaran Banque Populaire arrived in New York on Friday afternoon and headed to the Brooklyn marina after a 10-day trip across the Atlantic. The French team’s shore crew immediately went to work on the giant multihull in order to optimize her for the North Atlantic crossing record Pascal Bidégorry and his crew will attempt as soon as they get a favorable weather window.

The video for sure doesn’t contain any extraordinarily amazing footage but it still provides some impressive images of the trimaran sailing in front of Manhattan’s skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty. While Bidégorry was parading in the Hudson river, another giant French yacht was on her way to the Big Apple. Groupama 3 is currently approximately half way through and Franck Cammas and his crew will also try to break the Nort Atlantic record, from New York to Point Lizard, the southernmost tip of Great Britain.

The maxi trimaran Banque Populaire arrives in New York. New York, 26 June 2009. Video copyright Banque Populaire

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