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!
With two major races scheduled at the end of 2017, Team Arkema Lalou Multi is stepping up its preparation! The race season will begin with The Mini Transat La Boulangère for Quentin Vlamynck, on 1st October, on board his Arkema 3 prototype. In November, the Transat Jacques Vabre will be launched for the trimaran skippered by the Franco-Spanish pair Lalou Roucayrol and Alex Pella.
After sustaining an injury during a training session on board the trimaran Arkema Multi50, Karine Fauconnier is not able to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 race. Hence Alex Pella will take her place as co-skipper alongside Lalou Roucayrol.
For the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre race, Lalou Roucayrol is calling on an experienced and highly talented yachtswoman, Karine Fauconnier. In 2016, Karine joined Team Arkema Lalou Multi as weather router in the Transat, before acting as navigator in the Transat Québec - St Malo, which was to be a winning race for the Multi50 Arkema trimaran. This collaboration now continues with Lalou and Karine making up a fighting mixed double-handed crew that benefits from unique multihull experience!
Born in 2016 of a unique collaboration between Arkema and the Lalou Multi ocean racing sports team, the Arkema 3 Mini 6.50 prototype is now entering a new phase: the world of sports competition. The technical innovations of the monohull have been validated and its young skipper, Quentin Vlamynck, is familiarizing himself with the boat. It now remains to put this "racing beast" to the test against the competition!