International faces join the Banque Populaire maxi

Pascale Bidegorry lines up for this winter's Jules Verne Trophy attempt

Monday August 30th 2010, Author: Banque Populaire, Location: France

After aseven week refit and check up, the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V is now all set for the start of the term! Skipper, Pascal Bidegorry, has announced his crew list that includes three highly experienced sailors, enriching its existing core team for their attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy this winter. As of today, everybody is in Lorient to start training and check the changes made on the trimaran before entering the stand-by period for the Jules Verne Trophy on 1 November.

A spectacular crew!

Since her launch two years ago, Banque Populaire V has been victorious in every record undertaken: the North-Atlantic crossing, the 24 hours record and most recently the trans-Mediterranean record. For this attempt around the world, Pascal Bidegorry and Ronan Lucas have kept the core crew which participated in these victories: Yvan Ravussin, Emmanuel Le Borgne Jeremie Beyou and Florent Chastel, who have been sailing with Pascal for many years, along with members from the Banque Populaire Team, such as Ronan Lucas, Kevin Escoffier and Pierre-Yves Moreau. Sailors sharing other competences such as Xavier Revil, Thierry Chabagny and Erwan Tabarly were also part of these records.

Three highly experienced sailors are now to join the existing sailing team. Theyare Fred Le Peutrec who benefits from a strong experience in multihull sailing including setting the present Jules Verne Trophy record earlier this year on Groupama 3.

The crew will include two international sailors who have sailed around the world on the most famous races: Brian Thomson and Juan Vila. Brian is recognised as being one of the most experienced British sailors with a vast experience in offshore multihull sailing and holds no less than 25 sailing records to date. He also set a new non-stop round the world record with Steve Fossett aboard Cheyenne in 2004. On the other side, Juan Vila has raced four times in the Volvo Ocean Race, including being part of the winning illbruck campaign in 2000-1 and five  participations in the America’s Cup, including one victory in 2007 as navigator with Alinghi.

Pascal Bidegorry explains: “I wanted to enrich the crew with solid experienced of round-the-world sailors and it now is the case with their arrival. We have already had the opportunity to sail all together in the Mediterranean and on the return delivery trip, and there is an excellent atmosphere when they are on board, which does not waste anything! I am delighted with this 2010 line-up. It goes the right way and supplements a crew which is already famous for his great quality. We will have interesting navigations in the coming weeks ".

Heavy program!

After a few days in the water at her base in Lorient, Banque Populaire V is already sailing with her crew. There is no time to waste to engage the season the best way: “I'm obviously very pleased to be back sailing aboard the Maxi Banque Populaire V,” states Bidegorry. “We will peacefully put the boat back into racing condition; confirm the changes made to sail wardrobe. We will also test some small modifications made to the rigging in order to ease manoeuvres. This week will be devoted to day sailing and we plan in staying a little longer at sea next week.”

The crew on the Maxi Banque Populaire V for the Jules Verne Trophy

Out of the watch system
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, medical attendant
Erwan Tabarly : Helmsman - trimmer, in charge of electronics
Ronan Lucas : Bowman, in charge of safety

Watch n°3
Jérémie Beyou : Watch leader
Kevin Escoffier : helmsman - trimmer, in charge of video
Xavier Revil : helmsman - trimmer, in charge of the food on board
Florent Chastel : Bowman, in charge of riggings and medical attendant

Marcel Van Triest : weather router (shore based)

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