Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Banque Populaire V Reflect On Rolex Fastnet Race Multihull Record

Loïck Peyron and his crew onboard the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V have conquered the Rolex Fastnet Race in just 32 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds smashing his own record set in 1999.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex
When the traditional canons farewelled the fleet on Sunday Peyron's single goal was to be the fastest over the 608 nautical mile course from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock in the Irish Sea to the finish line in Plymouth. 
 When Banque Populaire V, the largest yacht among the fleet, flew of the start line, competitors and spectators watched on in awe. More used to challenging the clock without any other opponents it was an exciting opportunity for all thirteen crew.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex
"We had already seen that our competitor, Gitana 11 was doing fine at the Record SNSM. They were not far away from us, even on our back. This forced us to try things we probably would not have​without this motivation. We really raced and we learnt a lot about the boat," Peyron said.

"We started with very good weather which allowed us to make a nice start in the Solent. We sailed upwind on the first half of the race. We had proper English conditions with light wind. And then fortunately when we turned at the Fastnet Rock lighthouse  finally got 30 knots of wind to go down to the finish line.

"Today is a bad and a good day for me. The record set in 1999 with Fujicolor has just been beaten and before now it had never been threatened. The good news is that with this great crew I got to set the pace to beat it.  It really was an incredible pleasure to sail with those exceptional men on board this great machine," he said.

  • Maxi Banque Populaire V time in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2011: 32 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds at an average speed of 18.5 knots (awaiting validation by the WSSRC)
  • Previous record established in the race by Fujicolor in 1999: 40 hours and 27 minutes
  • Record established on the course set by Playstation in 2002: 35 hours 17 minutes 14 seconds
Lulu Roseman

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