Banque Populaire on Track to Take Jules Verne Trophy

Barely a week of racing has passed and there is already positive news for Maxi Banque Populaire V. After crossing the equator at 00 hours 26 minutes and 52 seconds (Paris time) Sunday night, after five days 14 hours 55 minutes and 10 seconds at sea, Loick Peyron and his crew are now the fastest in the history of the Trophy for this particular section. A record that is a good omen for what is next, promising to be just as fluid on the approach of St. Helena.

After six days of racing since leaving Ushant, the Banque Populaire crew already holds a record. Cautious a few hours before, when it came to assessing the performance to Equator, the crew of the maxi trimaran just broke down the few barriers that might exist, bringing to five days 14 hours 55 minutes and 10 seconds the absolute reference time on this section thus improving the best time held by Groupama 3 since 2009.

Even if Loïck Peyron and his men have, since their entry into the game, recalled the “anecdotal” nature of this time, the atmosphere on board when the virtual line was crossed showed a sincere appreciation. Contacted during the daily radio vac with Race HQ at the premises of the French Sailing Federation, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant came back on the traditional ceremony surrounding the event:

“We were lucky to get a special party organized by Xavier Revil. It was mainly for Ronan Lucas’ ‘Noddy’, a small toy given to him by his son before leaving and was not yet inducted. It was finally the only rookie on board! We were a bit nervous to try to break down the record and conditions as the routings helped us a lot. Even the clouds did not stop us much.”

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