Banque Populaire set to start Jules Verne attempt

Giant trimaran being towed out of Brest towards start line off Ushant

Monday November 21st 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Banque Populaire V is currently being towed out of Brest Harbour ready to start her attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy.

Skippered by Loick Peyron, the 14 strong crew of Banque Populaire V now have a suitable weather window on which to set off on their non-stop outright round the world record attempt. They are looking to cross the start/finish line between the Lizard and the Créac'h lighthouse on Ushant in the early hours of Tuesday Morning.

Banque Populaire's weather team - composed of Juan Vila (onboard navigator), Marcel van Triest (onshore router), Ronan Lucas (Team Director) and Loïck Peyron (skipper) have identified an favourable opportunity for the first few days of this record attmept.

Today, the elements seem to have come together enough to attempt a start, explained Loick Peyron prior to leaving Brest: "The weather files received this morning match the forecasts that we had. There is a high pressure system, stretching all the way from Ireland to Portugal and as it happens it would be foolish not to try to leave. So we will leave the port before dusk, close to 17:00 local time and wait pateintly near the start line. We will not start immediately as, there will be very light unstable wind until about 20:00, so we will wait until it passes northwest and strengthens. For now, what is certain is that we will leave in light winds that will build off Cape Finisterre. But as you  can not have everything, this strong wind will not be perfectly oriented and we will need to tack between Portugal and Madeira.

"The Azores High is shifted right, it should generate winds, not necessarily very strong, but enough to ensure that we are sailing relatively efficiently. Finally, we keep in mind the possibility of a return to Brest in 2-3 days if we see that we are not in record time because we still have plenty of time this winter to try again.”


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