Groupama 3 under sail.
|Other names||Groupama 3
Banque Populaire VII
Lending Club 2
|Builder||Multiplast (Vannes, France)|
|Launched||7 June 2006|
|Owner(s)||Groupama Sailing Team (2006–2013)
Banque Populaire (2013–2014)
Renaud Laplanche (2015)
|Skippers||Franck Cammas ( (2006–2013))
Armel Le Cléac'h (2013)
Loïck Peyron (2014)
Renaud Laplanche (2015)
Francis Joyon (2015)
|Notable victories||2010 Route du Rhum
2014 Route du Rhum
|Displacement||18 t (18 long tons; 20 short tons)|
|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)|
|Sail area||828 m2 (8,910 sq ft)|
IDEC 3 (formerly Groupama 3, Banque Populaire VII, Lending Club 2) is a racing sailing trimaran designed for transoceanic record-setting. She is one of the world's fastest ocean-going sailing vessels and a previous holder of the Jules Verne Trophy. She was originally skippered by French yachtsman Franck Cammas, with a crew of ten and sponsored by the French insurance company Groupama.
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. 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 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. Under this new ownership the boat was first leased for six months 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.Lending Club 2 set a new cross Channel record and a new Transpac record. In September 2015 the boat was handed over to the IDEC sport team who attempted to set a new circumnavigation record.
- 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.
- Maxi Groupama trimaran launched, 2006
- "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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Orange II with Bruno Peyron
|Jules Verne Trophy
Banque Populaire V with Loïck Peyron