Transat Jacques Vabre: join in the adventure with Banque Populaire!

Wednesday, 23 october 2019

The IMOCA-class monohull Banque Populaire X will be competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2-handed transatlantic race, starting on October 27. The duo Clarisse Crémer and Armel Le Cléac’h will be at the helm, defending the colors of Banque Populaire, a faithful supporter of competitive sailing for the past 30 years.

Created in 1993, the Transat Jacques Vabre is currently the longest transatlantic yachting race. Leaving from Le Havre in France and arriving in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, this 4,350-mile race is a demanding competition, calling for resilience and a keen sense of strategy with the crossing of the Bay of Biscay and a passage through the infamous Doldrums. Feared by sailors, this belt of baffling winds can be unstable, unpredictable and play a crucial role in winning the race.
This event will also be a baptism of fire for Clarisse, a 29-year-old woman from the greater Paris region, who will be taking part in her first transatlantic race aboard an IMOCA-class racing yacht. She will nevertheless be able to count on the support of the winner of the last Vendée Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h, who is returning to monohull racing this year and will be pursuing a single objective: to support Clarisse in her IMOCA training and share with her all the expertise she needs to compete in the Vendée Globe single-handed around-the-world race next year. 

In this venture, the two sailors will be able to rely on the Banque Populaire X, a racing yacht with an exceptional track record. The boat has already made its mark by winning the Vendée Globe in 2012-2013 and twice coming first in the Route du Rhum transatlantic yacht race in 2014 and 2018. Reliable and highly efficient despite the absence of foils, this monohull would seem to be the ideal yacht to prepare Clarisse for her participation in the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe race. 

The countdown has already begun!

Rendezvous on October 27 on Voile Banque Populaire (Banque Populaire Sailing) to follow the start of the race.