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Klockan 11 startar Banque Populaire sitt rekordförsök runt jorden. Med ombord är Brian Thompson som man följer på Facebook eller Twitter @briansailing.

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The boat and the crew have been set for weeks. They set off this morning from the Port du Chateau in Brest and crossed the start line off Ushant at 11h11m45sec (UTC) for the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire’s first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. Pascal Bidegorry and his 13 crew have to be back in less than 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds in order to beat the record time established by Groupama 3 in March 2010.

A tricky window
It was just before 9 am this morning when the Maxi Trimaran left the dock, in the Port du Chateau in Brest. Between the excitement of leaving and the emotion of leaving families, the moment was really intense for the 14 crew.

Extremely focused on attacking this first attempt, the skipper Pascal Bidegorry is happy about leaving today, even though the weather conditions are not that clear: «we will be leaving downwind and sailing around a depression. Below this depression, we cannot hide from the fact that the forecast is not straight forward. However, we have been waiting for this moment for a long time and we cannot let this opportunity go. I am really excited to be going to sea and I really think that we deserve it. I am looking forward to tomorrow morning, tomorrow night or in two days time and realising: “that’s it ! We’re there!”. These stand-by periods are somewhat painful and I am really looking forward to saying that we are in the Jules Verne Trophy, the objective of the past four years. This is a great moment in my life. ”

The Canaries, a central concern
Indeed, the weather situation is not that clear over the Atlantic, as Brian Thompson explained just before leaving the dock: “We are confronted by two different weather models: the European and the American ones. They are showing us different things so we decided to go for the pessimistic one, the European, in order to avoid falling in light winds. In fact, there is a low pressure off the Canaries which is going to kill the trade winds a little bit and then another massive low crossing the Atlantic. As this latter comes closer, it might completely kill the trade winds. We are just trying to sneak pass a little low over the Canaries, turn round that and get down to the South before the big depression comes over.”

It will be no mean feat for the Skipper, Pascal Bidegorry and his 13 crew onboard Banque Populaire V, and for them the 10th March will be highlighted in their diaries as the date to aim for as they attempt to sail into the record books.

Maxi Banque Populaire V’s crew list

Off Watch :
Pascal Bidégorry : skipper
Juan Vila : navigator

Watch n°1
Yvan Ravussin : Watch leader, in charge of video and composite
Brian Thompson : Helmsman / Trimmer
Thierry Chabagny : Helmsman / Trimmer
Pierre-Yves Moreau : Bowman, in charge of fittings and composite

Watch n°2
Fred Le Peutrec : Watch leader
Emmanuel Le Borgne : Helmsman / Trimmer, in charge of medics
Erwan Tabarly : Helmsman / Trimmer, in charge of electonics
Ronan Lucas : Bowman, in charge of security

Watch n°3
Jérémie Beyou : Watch leader
Kevin Escoffier: Helmsman / Trimmer, in charge of video
Xavier Revil : Helmsman / Trimmer, in charge of food
Florent Chastel : Bowman, in charge of medics and rigging

Marcel van Triest : Shore weather routeur


  1. Fabian Jan 22, 2011 Reply

    January 23 @ 15:45

  2. Peter Lindroos Jan 22, 2011 Reply

    22.2.2011 kl. 11.11 UTC

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    Peter Gustafsson Jan 23, 2011 Reply

    The first 12 hours…..
    Received from Brian at 7:30 am 23/1/2011

    Hope all good; this is a French keyboard and some of the keys are in different places to a QWERTY keyboard, so excuse the spelling…

    Yesterday was a great start, beautiful dawn departure from the Brest harbour in light winds, just like going for one of our many training sails, except for the crowd on the dock to see us off, and Ice on the deck reminded us it was still winter.

    Having no engine we were expertly pulled off the dock with 4 RIBS and then towed out of the Bay by our biggest RIB. After hoisting the main it was a short sail of an hour to the startling through the Chenal du Four.

    As we approached the line the wind dropped from 15 to 6 knots, this was not looking like a spectacular start. Fortunately and hopefully as a sign, the wind picked up just as we crossed the line at 11.11.45, the voice of the official timekeeper on Le Creac,h lighthouse, telling us we were off, and thqt wqe needed to be back by dinnertime on the 11th of March…..good to know..

    Once past Ushant the wind returned and we started to hit the average speed we need round the world, 25 knots. The sun was out and the seas were flat. I managed to grab a couple of hours sleep.

    By the night the wind was up to 30 knots with a short, steep sea, and is now touching 40 as we sweep past Cape Finisterre. We have changed right down to 2 reefs and the genoa but its hard to keep a steady speed in the low 30s, top speed 45 knots, but that,s not somewhere we want to stay very long.. A few stuffs of the bow made sleep a little hard to find, so glad of catching some zzs earlier. Now on standby 4 till 8 before next on watch until 12

    All good on the maxi BPV and we seem to be outpacing our routing so that’s all good.


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    Peter Gustafsson Jan 23, 2011 Reply

    717 sjömil på första dygnet… då är man i höjd med Lissabon. Här går det undan!

  5. JIMMY Jan 23, 2011 Reply


  6. Dennis K Jan 24, 2011 Reply

    6:e Februari 08.45 UTC. Gissar att dom går runt på 46 dygn 2 tim 28 min.

  7. Pelle P Jan 24, 2011 Reply

    20110203 kl 15.00
    Totaltid 46dygn och 12tim

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    Peter Gustafsson Jan 25, 2011 Reply

    Insåg att det blev väl komplext. Låt oss gissa på hur lång tid det tar runt i stället!!!

  9. Erik Barkefors Jan 25, 2011 Reply

    45 dygn 02 timmar 37 minuter

  10. fills Jan 25, 2011 Reply


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  12. f424 Jan 25, 2011 Reply

    47d2h11 min

  13. Sebastian Christenso Jan 25, 2011 Reply

    44d 18h 45min

  14. Johan Jan 25, 2011 Reply

    Jag tror inte de klår rekordet, men kommer nära… 49 dygn exakt

  15. Stefan A Jan 25, 2011 Reply

    46d 8h 15 min

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