Pixel and Team Banque Populaire: a long history and several record settings
As the summer comes to an end, Team Banque Populaire is actively preparing its record-breaking attempt across the Mediterranean Sea.
On August 25th, Jean-François takes on board Maxi Solo Banque Populaire VII with Armel Le Cléac’h and his crew for the trip to La Ciotat. During those few days at sea, he has to tune the autopilot and make sure the embedded systems are in working order.
The challenge is met on October 1st: Armel Le Cléac’h smashes, by 6 hours, the previous record set by Thomas Coville in 2012. 458 miles between Marseilles and Carthage sailed in 18h 58min 13sec, at an average speed of 23.8 knots.
Ever since its foundation in 2008, the company has worked on the embedded systems of Banque Populaire boats: specifications and requirements, research and development, equipment sale, installation and calibration, training on the use of installed systems, customer service and support at sea.
This long term partnership has allowed Pixel sur Mer technicians to keep on adding improved solutions with each new racing challenge :
- Trimaran Orma 60 Banque Populaire IV.
- Maxi-Trimaran Banque Populaire V, on board which Loïc Peyron became Jules Verne Trophy holder in 2012, his record standing at 45 days, 13h 42min 53sec.
- Imoca Banque Populaire VI, registered in the 2012 edition of the Vendée Globe.
- Maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire VII, ready to set new records in 2014…
Our team feels that « all this results from a longstanding relationship of trust with Technical Team Banque Populaire, on both human and professional levels.»