Lalou Roucayrol and his crew of the Multi 50 Arkema won the first edition of the Valdys Trophy, which took place from 1st to 8th September, finishing in style the pre-season races 2018 before the ultimate transatlantic and emblematic Route du Rhum- Destination Guadeloupe.
For the past 5 years, Arkema has had a taste for ocean racing with its trimaran Multi50, which won the Transat Jacques Vabre race last November in particular. The exclusive partner of Lalou Roucayrol’s Lalou Multi team, Arkema shows off its colors on two distinct circuits, the Multi50 and the Mini 6.50 categories, thanks to innovative and high-performance boats built from materials developed from its own technologies. The Group has now decided to build a new Multi50 to be ready for launch in 2020 and with its sights set on the Route du Rhum 2022.
After 2017, a year filled with emotions and great results (victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre, 6th place in the Mini-Transat), the 2018 season promises to be busy and exciting for Team Arkema Lalou Multi: optimization refits, sporting reorganization of the team, arrival of a new skipper, and great expectations for the Route du Rhum towards the end of the year.
Quentin Vlamynck, the young skipper of Arkema 3, crossed the finish line of the second leg of the race Mini-Transat La Boulangère race at 11:23 (French time), in Le Marin (Martinique). He came in 6th after 14 days, 21 hours, 15 minutes and 20 seconds at sea. A challenging crossing on board an extremely innovative machine.
On 16 November at 8.49 am (French time), Lalou Roucayrol and Alex Pella crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) as winners in the Multi50 category. After sailing from Le Havre on 5 November, the Arkema pair covered the course’s 4,350 theoretical miles in 10 days 19 hours 14 minutes and 19 seconds, averaging a speed of 16.81 knots. An outstanding performance for these skippers who managed to overcome both technical and physical hurdles to ultimately claim victory. Lalou and Alex also relied on the invaluable support of Karine Fauconnier who was in charge of routing from land.
This Sunday at 1.35 pm, Lalou Roucayrol and Alex Pella set off on the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre in sporty conditions immediately in the swing of this transatlantic race heading for Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Among the six Multi50 fleet, the Arkema Franco-Spanish pair clearly will have a strong card to play in conditions that the boat relishes. The two men will also be able to count on the expert advice of their onshore router, Karine Fauconnier.
Quentin Vlamynck seized a 14th place in the first leg of the Mini Transat La Boulangère, in the prototype category. The skipper of the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3 made the most of sailing the ocean over ten and a half days to gain a new strong maritime experience and draw valuable lessons on how to sail his innovative boat.
Two days before the start of the Mini Transat from La Rochelle, Quentin Vlamynck’s Mini 6.50 was christened this Friday by Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A highly emotional event culminating two years of unrelenting work to build and take charge, with the precious help of Lalou Roucayrol’s team, of this revolutionary prototype in the Mini 6.50 class and in ocean racing generally. Let the competition begin!