As partners since 2013, Arkema and Lalou Multi decided in 2019 to give a new dimension to their collaboration, still anchored on the common values of innovation and a quest for performance. In 2019 they will focus on the construction of the new Multi50 Arkema 4 trimaran as well as intensive training for its future skipper, Quentin Vlamynck.
The team spirit that drives this partnership is reflected in the transmission of knowledge from the skipper and coach Lalou Roucayrol to Quentin Vlamynck, and now also to the young sailor Raphaël Lutard, skipper of the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3. It is now under the label Arkema Sailing that we invite you to follow the news of the construction of the new trimaran and of Quentin’s preparation period.
The Arkema’s Sailors
Quentin Vlamynck, skipper of the future Multi50 Arkema 4
Quentin’s adventure began four years ago with the construction of the Arkema 1 trimaran. Under an apprenticeship contract, and with Lalou Roucayrol as his mentor, Quentin has chosen the career of a skipper. So he pursued studies in technical sales at the Lycée de la Mer in Gujan-Mestras, while also following the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3 project and cutting his teeth in ocean racing on board this sailboat.
A very promising start under Lalou's kindly gaze
Passionate, hard-working and talented, Quentin is a fast learner. In 2014, for his first solo racing season on board a Mini 6.50, he battled it out to rank in the top 10 of the various events. In November 2017, the skipper secured 6th place in the overall ranking of his second solo transatlantic race, the Mini Transat.
In 2018, Quentin Vlamynck is working his way through the ranks by becoming boat captain of the Multi 50 Arkema 1 and therefore “the right-hand man” of Lalou Roucayrol. Quentin sailed often alongside Lalou Roucayrol when ferrying the boat and also “false solo” training. The young man made the most of this experience to further improve his skills on a Multi50.
In 2019, Quentin is picked, by Arkema and Lalou Multi, to become the skipper of the future trimaran Arkema 4. At the ripe age of 26, the Biscarosse-born sailor is excited at the opportunity he has been given, and make good use of this year with a specific training program on the Multi50 Lalou Multi, coached by Lalou Roucayrol.
Lalou Roucayrol, passionate about the sea
Lalou Roucayrol, the skipper of the Arkema Multi50 trimaran, is much more than a famous sailor. A specialist of ocean racing in multihull boats, he is a consummate racing sailor who surprises with his humanity and simplicity. He was born in the Médoc region, and the ocean is the playground in which he excels.
At odds with various fashions, Lalou successfully chalked up, over 30 years, one of the most impressive records in the multihull world. The skipper has stayed the same since he started: committed to developing his boats, while maintaining a certain kind of simplicity.
Bold and a sailing fanatic, Lalou is a genuine trailblazer in the world of ocean racing.
Lalou is also an entrepreneur who has succeeded in combining his passion for technology and performance with his love for the sea. The Lalou Multi structure which he has set up collaborates with some twenty people all committed to the collective success of the project.
His valuable experience also makes him an expert in materials for sailboats. Hence, Lalou collaborates closely with Arkema’s R&D hub to develop innovative technologies for the future trimaran Arkema 4.
But Lalou Multi goes well beyond sporting performance alone. Sailing is a concentrate of know-how and passion which Lalou has taken it upon himself to pass on to the younger generation, in particular Quentin Vlamynck and now Raphaël Lutard, both of whom have joined the Team on completing their training. A sports coaching role that he takes particularly to heart.
- 1stin Grand Prix Valdys
- 2nd in Drheam Cup
- 2nd in Grand Prix de l’École Navale
- 1st in Grand Prix Guyader
- Retiring from the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe race
- 1st in Transat Jacques Vabre
- 3rd in Prince de Bretagne Trophy
- 3rd in ArMen Race
- 2nd in Grand Prix Guyader
- 1st in Prince de Bretagne Trophy
- 1st in Drheam Cup
- 1st in Transat Québec – Saint-Malo
- 2nd in The Transat bakerly
- 3nd in Transat Jacques Vabre
- 2nd in Prince de Bretagne Trophy
- 2nd in Grand Prix Las Palmas
- 2nd in ArMen Race
- 2nd in Route du Rhum
- 1st in Route des Princes
Raphaël Lutard, skipper of the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3
Following a milestone in 2018 when he became the new skipper of the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3, Raphaël Lutard will soon be taking up a new challenge when he embarks on a solo crossing of the Atlantic in the MiniTransat La Boulangère race.
"After a period of steadily taking ownership of my new career, sailing in this transatlantic race at the helm of this incredible prototype is a new challenge for me. I’m not stressed but rather I feel positively excited. It’s going to be a great journey of discovery”, Raphaël says.“I’m still learning, and the goal will be to further optimize this incredible prototype and make it even more reliable.”
Raphaël already has a solid experience in Laser and in Open 5.70. Like Quentin, he studied at the Lycée de la Mer in Gujan-Mestras.
Following his senior technician (BTS) technico-commercial qualification in sailing and his victory at the UNSS French Championships, he met the members of the Team, which resulted in a training internship followed by a work-study contract before he was definitively hired full-time in early 2017 to prepare the Mini 6.50 and, as back-up, the Multi50 for major events.