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Transmitting skills in a transatlantic race!

October 2019 - Banque Populaire is presenting a new face at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, a 2-handed transatlantic race between Le Havre (France) and Salvador de Bahia (Brazil). Clarisse Crémer will be discovering the IMOCA-class monohull with Armel Le Cléac'h.

In the famous Normandy port one week before the start of the race, a young woman, 29-year-old Clarisse Crémer, is at the helm of the racing yacht. And standing by her side, in his capacity as joint skipper and coach, is Armel Le Cléac'h – a sailing legend if ever there was one – but, for once, taking a back seat in this race.
The Breton sailor, who is eagerly awaiting delivery of the new maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire XI scheduled for the winter of 2020-2021, agreed to help Clarisse in her goal of competing in the Vendée Globe single-handed around-the-world race in 2020. Sailing the old-generation IMOCA-class Banque Populaire X, a yacht not equipped with foils, the pair of sailors will be competing in the Jacques Vabre transatlantic race in order to hone their skills in competitive sailing. “Strategic mistakes will be made along with maneuvering errors; Clarisse will make them as will I. That's how we learn the most, by facing up to difficult, complicated situations.

Although he doesn’t intend to make a practice of it, Armel Le Cléac'h has agreed to sacrifice his own chance of winning in order to allow his teammate to discover the transatlantic race under the best possible conditions: “It's certain that having Armel as a mentor, co-skipper, and coach (the exact word to describe his role hasn’t been created yet!), is really quite impressive if we look at it objectively. But he's very patient! It's even rather disconcerting because I've never seen him get annoyed, let alone angry!” The novice hasn’t suffered from stress so far. But once they have reached the Brazilian coast, Clarisse will continue to discover her new ship alone. She will sail the yacht back to France single-handed, in the conditions she will face again next year in the single-handed round-the-world race. A new adventure will then begin....

Watch our bonus videos to learn more about Armel Le Cléac’h and Clarisse Crémer’s adventure! 

# Getting to know each other

The two seafarers share their unvarnished impressions of each other as they get acquainted during the race. If the video includes a few moments of indiscretion, it also reveals a deep understanding growing between this likeable pair.

# Managing your emotions

Although Clarisse and Armel have to contend with the other skippers at the helm of their own IMOCA-class vessels, Clarisse will also have to struggle against her own inexperience: staying on course, naturally, but also managing the emotions tied up with the competition...

# Seasick

Seasickness: the moment dreaded by Clarisse Crémer.

# The ladies' room

In a cramped space in the middle of the ocean, yachtswomen need to display both courage and resourcefulness when they want to go to the bathroom. Under these circumstances, how does Clarisse Crémer manage this delicate situation?

# Going single-handed in the future

Clarisse Crémer will experience her first single-handed voyage in an Imeco-class vessel when she sails the yacht back to France after the race. The aim is to learn how to manage things alone on the Mono Banque Populaire X.

Armel Le Cléac'h at a glance

▶︎ Biography

Armel Le Cléac'h, a Team Banque Populaire skipper
Born on May 11, 1977, in St-Pol-de-Léon (Finistère)

▶︎ Awards

Armel Le Cléac'h is the first sailor to earn a place on the Vendée Globe podium three times: finishing second twice in the 2008-2009 and 2012-2013 editions. He won the eighth edition in 2016-2017, with a new record time of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes, and 46 seconds. He holds a number of other records for the Route de la Découverte, for the longest distance covered in 24 hours single-handed (682 miles) and for the single-handed Mediterranean race.

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