Imoca Banque Populaire Vendée Globe

In the Market: Banque Populaire retires from the Vendée Globe


FRANCK CAMMAS will continue his collaboration with the Charal Sailing Team in 2023. He will be Jérémie Beyou ‘s co-skipper aboard Charal 2. On their program, the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race, the Fastnet, the Azimut Challenge and the Transat Jacques Vabre.

MARTIN LE PAPE will be Elodie Bonafous’ co-skipper aboard Quéguiner-La Vie en Rosein the Transat Paprec.

EVE MCMAHON, gold medalist in ILCA 6 at the youth world championships last summer in The Hague, has been voted Irish sailor of the year 2022.

MARIE LE FLOCH, who previously worked for Disobey, has joined Boris Herrmann’s Team Malizia as content and social media manager.


DELTA VOILES HYÈRES is looking for a technical sales representative to cover the south-east of France; permanent position, to be filled immediately.

JEAN D’ARTHUYS is looking for a professional sailor (preferably a woman) and amateur crew members (boat captain, on-board reporter, cook, doctor, mechanic, etc.) to take part in the Ocean Globe Race on his Swan 53 Triana.

MERCONCEPT is looking for 2 composite technicians to work on the Ultim or Imoca project; positions available now, based in Concarneau.

GEPETO COMPOSITE is recruiting 2 experienced composite technicians (M/F); fixed-term or permanent positions depending on the profiles, to be filled immediately, based in Lorient.

GUNBOAT is recruiting on permanent contracts as soon as possible in La Grande Motte:

MULTIPLAST is recruiting a design office technician (M/F); permanent position, based in Vannes, to be filled as soon as possible.


TRIBULATION, the 1987 Nigel Irens trimaran on which Fabrice Payen took part in the last two editions of the Route du Rhum (6th in 2022 in Rhum Multi) is for sale. Turnkey project, with container, semi-rigid, maintenance and operating equipment.


BANQUE POPULAIRE announced Friday afternoon that they would not be lining up at the start of the next Vendée Globe, as a result of the “Clarisse Crémer affair”: “Banque Populaire considers that the conditions are no longer right to tackle the Vendée Globe with peace of mind and has announced that she will be withdrawing from the 2024 edition.”

ALINGHI RED BULL RACING, the Swiss challenge for the 37th America’s Cup, christened its first AC40 in Barcelona last Monday before continuing with a first session on the water, Ineos Brittania also launched their AC40 in Palma.

ROLEX has renewed its partnership with SailGP for ten years, both main partner and official timekeeper of the circuit, but also title partner of the United States Grand Prix in Chicago, the first of season 4, the 16-17 next June.

EMIRATES has signed up for three years as the title partner of the British SailGP team.

SAM GOODCHILD will be the skipper of Thomas Ruyant’s now former LinkedOut as of this year. The Briton joins Ruyant’s TR Racing team.

OC SPORT PEN DUICK announced Thursday that it has acquired the Tour de Belle-Ile, a race created in 2008 by Aurélie and Romain Pilliard. The next edition will take place in the spring of 2024.

THE JACQUES VABRE NORMANDY LE HAVRE TRANSAT has selected 73 files out of 1,000 participants in the qualifying race on Virtual Regatta, for its operation From virtual to real, the winner of which will compete in the transat “in real life” during the 2023 edition. That winner will be announced at the end of a training camp scheduled for April.

STAN THURET announced this week in a lengthy epistle that he is stopping competitive sailing “for ecological reasons”.

THE TF35 TROPHY has published its 2023 calendar, which will include seven events from May to September, five on Lake Geneva, two on Lake Garda.

THE 52 SUPER SERIES will welcome a new team this season, flying the flag of Hong Kong, Team Alpha Plus Racing.

DOMINIQUE DUBOIS, whose Swan 651 Futuro was damaged during storm Gérard, has bought another Swan, Evrika, which belonged to a member of Pink Floyd. So he will still be able to race the Ocean Globe Race. The French entrepreneur Jean d’Arthuys has also registered with Swan 53, Triana and will sail with Sébastien Audigane at his side.

THE NOTICE OF RACE FOR THE 2023 IRC EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP, which will take place from May 29 to June 4 in Cannes, has been published, opening registration.


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