Banque Populaire V

Banque Populaire V

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Banque Populaire V back to code red.

Brian and the crew stand down and wait for next weather window. At 0830 this morning Pascal Bidegorry and the team decided that the potential weather window for departure was not good enough to set off on their Jules Verne Record attempt. The crew will not wait patiently for the next weather window.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Code Orange for Banque Populaire V in the Jules Verne Trophy

The Maxi Trimiran Banque Populaire V team went to code Orange today for a possible departure tomorrow, Tuesday. The meteorological team see a small opportunity for Pascal Bidegorry’s men to set off on the Jules Verne Trophy. Unfortunately the window is not entirely satisfactory, but it is not impossible for the team to see a code red tonight.
The team are keeping a close eye on the weather. If the departure is confirmed we will of course keep you updated on this and all aspects of the record attempt.
Brian's Team

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Banque Populaire; the worlds fastest multihull?

  On paper the Banque Populaire Maxi is the world’s largest racing trimaran at 40m LOA, so big in fact that she could fit an ORMA 60 on to her foredeck (if she had one). Given that with maxis, both mono and multi, the longer they are the more powerful they get, so the potential breakages increase exponentially. it appeared when we first heard about this new beast that skipper Pascal Bidegorry had turned megalomaniac and her crew would be spending as much time fixing the boat as sailing her.

In fact after a day out on board, we can confirm that we only blew up one runner block and judging from the way the crew drive it – Bidegorry and helmsman Yvan Ravussin cranking what is probably the world’s fastest offshore race boat up to 22 knots upwind in around 16 knots true and flying the main hull (we got the full experience) – they are not as terrified of their new weapon as one might expect. In fact in theory the loads on the present Jules Verne Trophy record holder, Bruno Peyron’s Orange 2 should be larger as despite the two boats being similar length and Orange 2 having one less hull, her 35 tonne displacement is over 10 tonnes more than the new Banque Pop.

Obviously being the latest so-called G-Class maxi-multihull, Banque Populaire conforms to no rule. However there are limitations. Traditionally this is the size of the sail plan the crew can manage, but we understand that this was not the case here.