Loick Peyron to take the helm of Banque Populaire in Route du Rhum

Armel Le Cléac’h, who seriously injured his hand and has been forced out of the 2014 Route du Rhum, will be replaced in the solo transatlantic race by Loïck Peyron.

The sailor from La Baule, who was forced to retire from the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe after dismasting (Gitana Eighty), is also a multihull expert having won the Jules Verne Trophy on the Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V in 2012. Seizing this latest opportunity after a trip aboard the Maxi Trimaran, Loïck is enthusiastic about the challenge he will face, when he lines up at the start of the famous transatlantic race with the trimaran which won the last edition (Franck Cammas’s former Groupama).

Armel Le Cléac’h, who has fully got to grips with the boat will be accompanying Loïck Peyron as he prepares for the race, offering his solo experience after four transatlantic races and two records aboard the Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII. Forced to remain ashore, Armel will then be focusing on the construction of his new Banque Populaire monohull for the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe.

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