Banque Populaire V

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Banque Populaire V
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Banque Populaire V in Brest in December 2009
Other names Maxi Spindrift 2
Designer(s) VPLP
Builder CDK & JMV
Launched August 2008
Owner(s) Dona Bertarelli Spindrift Racing
Racing career
Skippers Pascal Bidégorry
Loïck Peyron (2011–2013)
Yann Guichard (2013–)
Displacement 23 t (23 long tons; 25 short tons)
Length 40 m (130 ft) (LOA)
Beam 23 m (75 ft)
Draft 5.80 m (19.0 ft)
Sail area 720 m2 (7,800 sq ft)
Banque Populaire V

Banque Populaire V is an offshore-racing trimaran and Team Banque Populaire's[1] fifth boat designed to set oceanic records. She was launched on 4 October 2008 in Nantes, France.

With her 40 m (130 ft) length, she is currently the largest racing trimaran in the world. Her current skipper is Yann Guichard. Her previous skippers are Loick Peyron and Pascal Bidégorry. Her original sponsor was the French bank Banque Populaire. Currently she is owned by Dona Bertarelli & Spindrift Racing and sponsored by Mirabaud Group, Zenith and Genes-X.


The architectural project for Banque Populaire V started in 2006. The naval architects VPLP[2] (Van Peteghem / Lauriot-Prévost) designed this G-Class maxi multihull. The trimaran was built by the shipyard CDK Technologies[3] in Lorient.


She was launched at the end of August 2008 in Lorient.

In 2009 she made her first attempt across the northern Atlantic from west to east. On Sunday 2 August 2009, she established the new record in 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds (an average speed of 32.94 knots), beating the previous record, held by Franck Cammas on Groupama 3, by more than 12 hours. During the attempt she also broke the 24-hour distance twice, first with 880, then, several hours later, with 907 nautical miles (1,680 km).

In 2010 the boat was stationed in Brest, awaiting a weather opening to beat the Jules Verne Trophy record (circumnavigation of the world), held since 2010 by Franck Cammas and the multihull Groupama 3. The first such attempt started on January 22, 2011, but she hit some debris in the Southern Atlantic and was forced to retire on February 4.

Loïck Peyron took over as skipper from Pascal Bidégorry in June 2011.[4] A second, successful attempt began on 22 November 2011 and set a new record in 45 days, 13 hours, and 43 minutes.[5]

In January 2013, the boat was acquired by Dona Bertarelli's racing team Spindrift Racing, and renamed "Spindrift 2".[6] The original 47m mast was shortened by 6m for Yann Guichard to manage the boat single-handedly in the 2014 Route du Rhum, in which he achieved a second place in line honours. In 2015 a new 42m mast was procured in view of a new attempt to break the Jules Verne record with a full crew.


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Preceded by
Groupama 3 with Franck Cammas
Jules Verne Trophy
Succeeded by
IDEC Sport