• Route Du Rhum & Banque Populaire

    The Route du Rhum serves as a common thread in the history of Banque Populaire in sailing. For nearly 30 years, from edition to edition, exploits in turn, a very strong link has been forged between the Sailing Bank and the mythical transatlantic.

    sailing boat owner since 1989, Banque Populaire first entered the Route du Rhum in 1990, with Francis Joyon at the helm. Also at the start for the 1994 and 1998 editions with the same skipper, the Sailing Bank won its first podium at the 2002 edition, with Lalou Roucayrol's third place in the Orma trimarans category. Four years later, still in Orma, Pascal Bidégorry gained another place, finishing 2nd despite a capsize a few months earlier in the Bay of Nice. . Also at the start for the 1994 and 1998 editions with the same , Banque de la Voile won his first podium at the 2002 edition, with the 3rd place of Lalou Roucayrol in the category trimarans . Four years later, still in Pascal Bidégorry won another place, finishing 2nd despite a capsize a few months earlier in the Bay of Nice.

    Since 1990, Banque Populaire has missed only one edition of the Route du Rhum, in 2010, then engaged in a crew program with the Maxi Banque Populaire V (the largest ocean racing yacht ever built). But the absence was short-lived and the return very noticed. Last minute substitute after the injury of Armel Le Cléac'h, Loïck Peyron scored a magnificent victory in 2014 on the Maxi Banque Populaire VII, with a new race time record (in 7 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 12 minutes). seconds).

    It is then with a form of impatience that the blue team led by Ronan Lucas prepares to find the old town of Saint-Malo to write a new chapter, the seventh, to the beautiful story that binds them for nearly 30 years. years.

    29 years of sailing sponsorship, 28 years of history with the Route du Rhum.
    1990 : date of the first participation of a trimaran in the colors of Banque Populaire. Armel Le Cléac'h was then 13 years old.
    7th participation in the Route du Rhum in 2018
    1 victory
    3 podiums
    137 meters : total length of the quay necessary to moor the 6 Banque Populaire multihulls having participated in the Route du Rhum

    Banque Populaire, the Sailing Bank *
    As a shipowner and competitor, Banque Populaire has been illustrating all the seas in the world for nearly 30 years by arming ocean racing boats like the Maxi Banque Populaire IX, a boat at the forefront of innovation and technology chiseled for the most beautiful adventures around the globe. Banque Populaire is also a committed player for the promotion of French sailing, supports the development of sailing clubs and schools and has been supporting the Equipe de France for 18 years. Patron of the Association Eric Tabarly, it is recognized as one of the main institutional support for the development of this sport and for the preservation of French heritage.

    It is also…

    Manufacturers of 5 multihulls including the largest ocean racing trimaran ever built
    3 world tours
    17 ocean sailing records in crew and solo
    More than 40 participations in the biggest ocean races
    Owner of 12 sailboats
    Support for 1,500 sailing clubs and schools
    15 years of patronage with the Eric Tabarly Association and the Pen Duick fleet
    18 years of partnership with the French Sailing Federation
    * The Banque Populaire Grand Ouest (BPGO) is the main partner of the 11th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.