Armel Le Cleac’h
Born on 11 May 1977 in Saint-Pol-de-Léon (Finistère) Armel Le Cléac’h, winner of the last Vendée Globe, is the first skipper to have completed the Vendée three times in a row, always ranked on the podium (2nd in 2009, 2nd in 2013, 1st in 2017). With a prestigious track record and several solo records, including the Mediterranean crossing, Armel never leaves anything to chance in his preparation. Determined, methodical and precise, we often talk about his fighting spirit and tenacity at sea, his ability never to let go of the slightest metre, never to relax: “I have it in me. It’s something I’ve always had, from my first few days on the water, on an Optimist, at 7 or 8 years old. I always wanted to be ahead. On the water, I transcend myself.” In his constant search for performance, he is also a fine strategist: “That’s how I like competition, I love strategy. That’s what we’re looking for with Banque Populaire, performing everywhere, all the time,” says Armel. He knows that he can count on a solid and experienced team, but also on a trimaran of the latest generation at the cutting edge of technology, cut to win. After signing a sporting feat and a remarkable record in the last Vendée Globe, the double IMOCA World Champion has thus turned the page on the 60-foot monohull and is now fully dedicated to the start of a new chapter aboard the Maxi Banque Populaire IX.
© 20/08/15 – Armel Le Cléac’h ©V. Curutchet-BPCE