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Damage to Armel Le Cléac'h’s Maxi Banque Populaire XI in Ultim Challenge

15th February 2024
There has been damage to Armel Le Cléac'h’s Maxi Banque Populaire XI rudder in the Ultim Challenge and the French solo sailor is heading for a pit stop in Brazil
There has been damage to Armel Le Cléac'h’s Maxi Banque Populaire XI rudder in the Ultim Challenge and the French solo sailor is heading for a pit stop in Brazil

Armel Le Cléac'h’s Maxi Banque Populaire XI, a giant racing trimaran competing in the solo round the world Ultim Challenge race, has suffered damage to its central rudder after an incident.

The Banque Populaire team confirmed the news in a message distributed this morning. Le Cléac'h, who has been lying in second place since the Pacific leg of the race, is now diverting to a Brazilian port to assess the damage.

The incident occurred during the ongoing solo multihull race around the world. Le Cléac'h had to make a technical stopover in Recife, Brazil on 16th January during the outwards phase of the race. The team is currently studying several options to diagnose the damage and to consider how to approach the rest of the race.

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About the Ultim Challenge

The ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest, which starts from Brest, France on Sunday, 7 January, will be the first-ever solo race around the world on giant Ultim trimarans, the biggest and fastest ocean-going sailboats in the world.

The inaugural six competitors of the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest are:

  • Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild)
  • Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3)
  • Tom Laperche (SVR - Lazartigue)
  • Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire XI)
  • Anthony Marchand (Actual Ultim 3)
  • Éric Péron (ADAGIO) - subject to qualification.