French yachtsman Armel Le Cléac'h is going back to his sailing roots this season as he takes on the legendary Solitaire du Figaro – the de facto proving ground for solo ocean racing skippers – for the first time in six years.
Le Cléac'h has won the Solitaire twice – in
They are the most highly-advanced and exciting ocean-going race boats on the planet but the monster-sized trimarans of the Ultim 32/23 Class has faced an uncertain future in recent months after the majority of the boats competing in last year’s Route du Rum failed to make it through the transatlantic
After 30 years backing professional sailing French banking group Banque Populaire reconfirmed its commitment to the sport in spectacular fashion with the announcement of three major new campaigns – all involving long-time skipper Armel Le Cléac’h.
As well as committing to building a new Ultim maxi-trimaran for Le Cléac’h to be
Plans for a singlehanded around the world race in Ultim 32/23 maxi multihulls next year are to be put on hold after the damage sustained by the five Ultim entries in the Route du Rhum transatlantic race.
Details of the Brest Oceans Race – scheduled to start at the end of
The breakdown in varying degrees of four of the five Ultim maxi-trimarans racing in the Route du Rhum has raised questions over the reliability of the high-tech multihulls and called into question the viability of the Brest Oceans Race – a non-stop single handed round the world event planned to
Stormy conditions in the North Atlantic have forced another major name out of the 2018 Route du Rhum with Armel Le Cléac'h’s Ultim maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire IX capsizing at around 12:00 CET today, 340 miles north east of the Azores.
Wind conditions at the time were reported to be 30 -
Sébastien Josse is out of the 2018 Route du Rhum after fewer than 24 hours of racing since the start of the iconic singlehanded race from St Malo to Guadeloupe.
The French sailor has been forced out of the race after sustaining damage to the port bow of his Ultim maxi-trimaran
Yet another beautiful offshore training video from Armel Le Cléac’h and his Banque Populaire team as the Frenchman prepares himself and his Ultimate 32/23 maxi trimaran Banque Populaire IX for next month's Route du Rhum transatlantic race from France to Guadeloupe.
There has been no lounging by the pool for French solo-skipper Armel Le Cléac’h as he takes to the water to help prepare his body for the rigours of sailing his Banque Populaire V Ultim 32/23 trimaran singlehanded in the Route du Rhum transatlantic race.
Indulge yourselves with this prolonged piece of delicious Ultim 32/23 video action from François Gabart and the MACIF team as they work the boat up for the forthcoming showdown between the world's fastest maxi trimarans – Sébastien Josse on Gitana Team's Edmond de Rothschild 17, Thomas Coville on Sodebo, Francis