Replacement found for Armel le Cleac'h

Old man of the sea to step in as replacement Banque Populaire skipper for the Route du Rhum

Thursday September 4th 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Following an injury to his right hand that has forced him to pull out of skippering the 105ft trimaran Maxi Banque Populaire Solo VII in November's Route du Rhum, Armel Le Cléac'h is to be replaced on board for the singlehanded transatlatnic race by offshore multihull legend, Loick Peyron.

Although he has competed in the Route du Rhum on many occasions, Peyron has never won it, a key space in his trophy cabinet that needs to be filled. Peyron skippered the 40m long Maxi Banque Populaire V trimaran to a new Jules Verne Trophy record time in 2012 and for this race had been taking time off ihs duties at Artemis Racing, to compete on board Happy, a sistership of Mike Birch’s famous Walter Greene designed trimaran, Olympus Photo.

Le Cléac'h will help Peyron in his preparation for the race to pass over to him all his experience gained after four record attempts in including four transatlantic aboard Maxi Banque Populaire Solo VII.

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  • David Bains 04/09/2014 - 10:50

    That would break some records, Mike is over 80!! He delivered Aqua Blue back from Corunna in 77!
  • James Boyd 04/09/2014 - 08:40

    Suggest they get Mike Birch back to skipper Happy?
  • James Boyd 04/09/2014 - 08:39

    Suggest they get Mike Birch back to skipper Happy?

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