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
Whether in the Ultim, TP52 or America’s Cup classes, next-generation Harken hydraulics are at the very leading edge of efficiency and reliability.
The upcoming 40th anniversary Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe will be an amazing race to follow. Included in the record-size fleet of 122 craft will be the Ultime
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.
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
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
A stunning atmospheric video from sunglasses manufacturer Julbo about French solo skipper Armel Le Cléac’h in the build up to his challenge to win the Route du Rhum transatlantic race aboard his monster Ultim 32/23 maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V.