Banque Populaire VII

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Groupama 3 under sail
Groupama 3 in Saint-Malo, 2010

Banque Populaire VII, formerly Groupama 3, is a sailing trimaran designed for transoceanic record-setting. She is one of the fastest ocean-going sailing vessels in the world and a previous holder of the Jules Verne Trophy. She was skippered by French yachtsman Franck Cammas, with a crew of ten and sponsored by the French insurance company Groupama.

Groupama 3 was the transatlantic record holder between 2007 and 2009.

In 2010, she was retrofitted for single handed racing to take part of the transatlantic race "La Route du Rhum".

She was bought back by French Bank Banque Populaire to take part of 2014 "La Route du Rhum", which she won with skipper Loïck Peyron.


  • Build date: 2006
  • Architects: VPLP
  • Type: Trimaran
  • Shipyard: Multiplast
  • Length : 31.50 metres (103.3 ft)
  • Width : 22.50 metres (73.8 ft)
  • Displacement : 18 tons
  • Mast height: 41 metres (135 ft)
  • Sails : 557 sqm / 828 sqm
  • Crew: 10

Jules Verne Trophy[edit]

During a first attempt for the Jules Verne Trophy (circumnavigation of the world) in 2008, Groupama 3 capsized off the coast of New-Zealand.

She was repaired in France and went for another attempt in 2009. Damage to the port hull led to the attempt being called off after 11 days, and the boat limped into Cape Town for repairs. She then returned to France, and set off again on January 31, 2010.

On March 20, 2010, Groupama 3 became the fastest boat to sail around the world and set a record of 48 days, 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds improving on Orange II's performance in 2005 by more than 2 days.[1] She lost the record on January 7, 2012, to Banque Populaire V, a larger trimaran.[2]

Single handed Transatlantic Races[edit]

In November 2010, Groupama 3 won the French single handed transatlantic race "La Route du Rhum" (between Brittany and Guadeloupe), with Frank Cammas at the helm in 9 days and 14 hours, averaging 16.14 knots.

In November 2014, Banque Populaire VII won "La Route du Rhum" again, with Loick Peyron at in 7 days and 15 hours, beating the record by 2 hours and 10 minutes.


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