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BANQUE POPULAIRE / <small>© François Chevalier</small>
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The fifth creation of the VPLP/Verdier yacht design firm, the monohull raced in the 2010 Route du Rhum, the latest Barcelona World Race and will be one of most recent boats at the start of the Vendée globe. Since 2011, Armel has learned to control his high-performance mount and claimed victory at the 2012 GP Guyader as well as several podium finishes: 3rd place in the 2012 Europa Warm’Up, 3rd place in the Transat Jacques Vabre and 2nd place in the 2011 Transat B to B.


Former names: Foncia
Designer: VPLP-Verdier
Construction: CDK, JMV, Green Marine
Launch date: septembre 2010
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.90 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement (weight): 7.8 tons
Centreboards: 2
Mast height: 27 m
Keel Blade: Stainless steel
Sail area upwind: 300 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 660 sq metres


Nationality : French
Résidence : La Forêt Fouesnant (Finistère)
Age : 35
Website : www.voile.banquepopulaire.fr
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : 2nd entry in the Vendée Globe (2nd in 2008-2009)

Immersed in sailing from a very young age, Armel Le Cléac’h discovered the joys of sea gliding on an Optimist in Saint-Pol-de-Leon. His dreams of sailing the oceans became stronger and the young boy developped a strong character. A relentless worker, both methodical and determined, Armel has put all the odds on his side and remains excited about new challenges. From the moment he started sailing in the 2000 Solitaire du Figaro, he left his fellow skippers in awe by finishing first of the rookies’ rankings and taking the second place overall.  He then took on the Tour de France à la Voile, which he won in 2001. In 2003, he entered the very exclusive circle of the Solitaire winners by beating Alain Gautier by a whisker. Impressed with the talent of the young yachtsman, Alain Gautier decided to trust him with the helm of his Figaro, Foncia, on which he won the 7th edition of the Transat AG2R. In 2005, Armel set his sights on the IMOCA Championship with a new sponsor, Brit’Air, and a new goal: the Vendée Globe.

One of the best sailors of his generation

His second place in the 2008 Vendée Globe earned him respect as it is remembered as an incredible racing feat which revealed a spirited, combative and generous man. Being both expected and feared, Armel made a noticed comeback in the 2010 Figaro Bénéteau Championship by winning the Transat AG2R and becoming a two-time winner of the Solitaire. A few months later, he finished second in the legendary Route du Rhum. In 2011, after his sponsor Brit’Air retired, he joined the Banque Populaire Sailing Team. Recognized as one of the best sailors of his generation, he became the skipper of the recently purchased Banque Populaire 60-foot race yacht with one clear objective: the Vendée Globe.


Wins and Performances

Winner of the GP Guyader

3rd place in the Europa Warm’Up

3rd place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with C.Pratt)
2nd place in the Transat B to B

Winner of the Transat AG2R
(with F.Delahay) 

Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro

2nd place in the Route du Rhum

2nd place in the Vendée Globe

IMOCA World Champion

2nd place in the Transat Artemis

4th place in the Route du Rhum
4th place in the Solitaire du Figaro

Winner of the Transat AG2R
(with N.Troussel)

Solo offshore racing French Champion

Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro

2nd place in the Solitaire du Figaro

Press contact

Charline HAMONIC
+33 (0)6 58 58 79 65


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