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Groupama 3 under sails, South Britanny, front side view.jpg
Groupama 3 under sail.
Other namesGroupama 3
Banque Populaire VII
Lending Club 2
BuilderMultiplast (Vannes, France)
Launched7 June 2006
Owner(s)Groupama Sailing Team (2006–2013)
Banque Populaire (2013–2014)
Renaud Laplanche (2015)
IDEC (2015–)
Racing career
SkippersFranck Cammas ( (2006–2013))
Armel Le Cléac'h (2013)
Loïck Peyron (2014)
Renaud Laplanche (2015)
Francis Joyon (2015)
Notable victoriesJules Verne Trophy 2010
2010 Route du Rhum
2014 Route du Rhum
Jules Verne Trophy 2017
Displacement18 t (18 long tons; 20 short tons)
Length31.50 m (103.3 ft) (LOA)
Beam22.50 m (73.8 ft)
Draft5.70 m (18.7 ft)
Mast height41 m (135 ft)
Sail area828 m2 (8,910 sq ft)
Groupama 3 in Saint-Malo, 2010

IDEC SPORT[1] (formerly Groupama 3, Banque Populaire VII, Lending Club 2, IDEC 3) is a racing sailing trimaran designed for transoceanic record-setting. She is one of the world's fastest ocean-going sailing vessels and the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy for circumnavigation of the world. She was originally skippered by French yachtsman Franck Cammas, with a crew of ten and sponsored by the French insurance company Groupama. She is currently skippered by Françis Joyon.


Groupama 3 was designed by VPLP and built by Multiplast in Vannes, France.[2]


Groupama 3 was launched on June 7, 2006. She was the transatlantic record holder between 2007 and 2009.

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.[3] She lost the record on January 7, 2012, to Banque Populaire V, a larger trimaran.[4]

In 2010, she was retrofitted for single handed racing to take part of the transatlantic race Route du Rhum. In November 2010, Groupama 3 won the French single handed transatlantic race Route du Rhum (between Brittany and Guadeloupe), with Frank Cammas at the helm in 9 days and 14 hours, averaging 16.14 knots.

She was bought by French Bank Banque Populaire to take part of 2014 Route du Rhum, which she won with skipper Loïck Peyron. In November 2014, Banque Populaire VII won Route du Rhum again, with Loick Peyron in 7 days and 15 hours, beating the record by 2 hours and 10 minutes.

In 2015, French yachtsman Francis Joyon's sponsor IDEC announced that they had acquired the boat.[5] Under this new ownership the boat was first leased for six months by Renaud Laplanche, the CEO of Lending Club. The boat was restored from her shortened mast single handed configuration to a full crew configuration and named Lending Club 2.[6]Lending Club 2 set a new cross Channel record and a new Transpac record.[7]

In September 2015 the boat was handed over to the IDEC sport team who set a new circumnavigation record in 2017.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 November 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Maxi Groupama trimaran launched, 2006
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Jules Verne Trophy taken by Maxi Banque Populaire V". Sail World. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b c d e Groupama 3 records on the WSSRC site Archived 25 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine>

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Preceded by
Orange II with Bruno Peyron
Jules Verne Trophy
Succeeded by
Banque Populaire V with Loïck Peyron
Preceded by
IDEC SPORT with Francis Joyon
Jules Verne Trophy
Succeeded by
Preceded by
IDEC SPORT with Francis Joyon
Route du Rhum
Succeeded by