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.
Interesting to see French solo skipper Francis Joyon using a fixed bike to help with the grinding work aboard his IDEC Ultim 32/23 trimaran as he prepares for the challenge of the Route du Rhum.
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.
This slightly eerie video from the Sodebo Voile team gives a clue to the tense and lonely life Thomas Coville leads while racing his Ultim 32/23 trimaran singlehanded as he prepares for the Route du Rhum.
As Coville puts it:
"Sailing an Ultim trimaran is a very anxious activity and you have
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
Video Update: With fewer than two weeks to go to the start of the Route du Rhum singlehanded race across the Atlantic, Jérémie Beyou and the Charal team have been putting in some long days on the water to get their remarkable new IMOCA 60 design ready to race.
A record-setting fleet of 53 Class 40 yachts will take on the 3,542-nautical mile Route du Rhum course from St Malo to Point-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe starting on November 4.
It’s a record entry for the class and the race that means Class 40s make up almost half the total 123-strong Route
An interesting short film chronicilling the 13-months of hard work that went into designing and building the spectacular new IMOCA 60 Charal for French solo skipper Jérémie Beyou.
Forty-years after he first took part in the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race at the age of 18, iconic French ocean racing skipper Loïck Peyron is preparing to take on what he says will be his final outing in the classic singlehanded race.
In contrast to Peyron’s normal cutting edge entries
With five of the world's most exciting maxi multihulls on the entry list in the Ultim class this fleet looks set to steal the show at the upcoming Route du Rhum transatlantic race at the beginning of November.
We will be previewing the Ultim class fully in the next few weeks but