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Banque Populaire announces new Ultim IMOCA & Figaro projects

Banque Populaire announces new Ultim, IMOCA & Figaro projects

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

Pool time for Armel Le Cléac’h

Pool time for Armel Le Cléac’h

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.

MACIF Route du Rhum training

MACIF Route du Rhum training

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

Ultim 32/23 trimarans face off

Ultim 32/23 trimarans face off

The Ultim monster trimarans of Gitana Team, Macif and Banque Populaire have been mixing it up in Northern Europe in the run up to their first major competitive confrontation in the Route du Rhum singlehanded race at the end of October. Take a quick look at the action from on board

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