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18 May 2010, 12:22 pm
Banque Populaire Smashes Groupama's Mediterranean Record
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Banque Populaire Smashes Mediterranean Record

Banque Populaire Smashes Groupama's Mediterranean Record
Carthage, Tunisia

Pascal Bidégorry and his eleven crew on the maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V has smashed the Trans Med record from Marseille to Carthage, Tunisia taking 2 hours 47 minutes and 47 seconds off Groupama 3's previous record.
The new record time now stands at 14 hours 20 minutes and 34 seconds, subject to ratification by the WSSRC.

The biggest oceanic trimaran in the world just swallowed the 455 miles of the journey between Marseilles and Carthage at an actual average speed of 33.24 knots. Pascal Bidégorry and the crew of the Maxi trimaran sponsored by Banque Populaire have acquired their third title.

"It is a great pleasure. As we were able to do for the North Atlantic and 24 hour records, we did nothing by half measure. To beat a Mediterranean record by 2 hours 47 minutes and 47 seconds - if someone had told me that before the start, I wouldn't have believed it! It is great to sail on this boat - there is really a super crew on board."

"We were helped by the conjunction of the Mistral and Tramontane winds associated with a small depression north of Corsica, which enabled us to sail on one tack... It was necessary to reduce a lot of canvas to finish alongside the Tunisian coast and to arrive to rally at the point just outside the bay of Tunis."

"At one point we did 45 knots just before finishing. As the sea was flatter at the finish, we had more speed. This was not the case on the remainder of the crossing, for the sea in the Mediterranean, as soon as there is wind, becomes very short with a big swell" concluded Pascal Bidégorry.

Virginie Bouchet (as amended by ISAF)
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