Banque Populaire VII
Groupama 3 under sail.
|Other names||Groupama 3, Lending Club 2|
Team Banque Populaire (2013–2014)
Renaud Laplanche (2015)
|Skippers||Franck Cammas (2010)
Loïck Peyron (2014)
Renaud Laplanche (2015)
|Notable victories||2010 Route du Rhum
2014 Route du Rhum
|Length||31.50 m (103.3 ft) (LOA)|
|Beam||22.50 m (73.8 ft)|
|Draft||5.70 m (18.7 ft)|
|Mast height||41 m (135 ft)|
|Displacement||18 t (18 long tons; 20 short tons)|
|Sail area||828 m2 (8,910 sq ft)|
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 launched in 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.
It 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. She lost the record on January 7, 2012, to Banque Populaire V, a larger trimaran.
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 at in 7 days and 15 hours, beating the record by 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Renaud Laplanche, the CEO of Lending Club, leased the boat for the 2015 season to race it with Ryan Breymaier. The boat was restored from it's shortened mast single handed configuration to a full crew configuration and named Lending Club 2.  A number of new records were set in 2015. 
- Jules Verne Trophy (circumnavigation of the world), 48 days, 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds.
- Trans-Mediterranean (Marseille-Carthage), 458 miles, in 17 hours 8 minutes 23 seconds, 16 May 2009 with an average speed of 26,04 knots.
- Route of the discovery (Cadix-San Salvador), 3884 miles, in 7 days 10 hours 58 minutes 53 seconds, 4 June 2007, with an average speed of 21.7 knots.
- Miami-New York, 947 miles, in 1 day 11 hours 5 minutes and 20 seconds, 4 June 2007, with an average speed of 27 knots.
- Transatlantic record (Ambrose Light to Ushant), in 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes 54 seconds, with an average speed of 29,81 knots, in 2007. The record passed to Pascal Bidegorry on Banque Populaire V in August 2009.
- 24 hour distance record on 20 July 2007 during their transatlantic attempt, and held the record until it was bettered by Pascal Bidegorry on Banque Populaire V in August 2009.
- "Jules Verne Trophy taken by Maxi Banque Populaire V". Sail World. January 7, 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- Groupama 3 records on the WSSRC site>
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