Drheam Cup 2016
After setting off from La Trinité-sur-Mer on Wednesday 17 August, the Multi50 Arkema recorded the fastest time to cover the 350 miles of the route when it crossed the finish line off Roscoff on Thursday 18 August. With Lalou Roucayrol, Karine Fauconnier, Etienne Carra and Yannick Bestaven making up the crew, the sailors took advantage of the rough conditions off the coast of Brittany. Team Arkema dominated this first Drheam Cup edition across all categories.
The crew have shown tremendous team spirit. It didn’t take long for us to click together again with Karine and Etienne. As for Yannick, who had his first experience on the boat, being an outstanding sailor he found his bearings straight away. Roscoff is a destination that seems to suit the Arkema trimaran, with its very first win here in 2013 in the Route des Princes race!
Quebec – St-Malo Transat race 2016
Arkema’s Multi50 and its crew, skippered by Lalou Roucayrol, crossed the finish line of the Quebec – St-Malo Transat race on 20th July, therefore winning their first transatlantic race. After 9 days and 9 hours at sea, Lalou Roucayrol, Karine Fauconnier, César Dohy and Etienne Cara put in a superb performance by covering the 3,254 nautical mile (6000 km) course at an average speed of 14.46 knots (27 km per hour).
I’m thrilled to finally have won a Transat race on this boat, after devouring the North Atlantic in four days! We gave nothing away. It’s very satisfying to be able to present this first Transat victory to Arkema. We appreciate the boat more and more with every race, and the work is beginning to pay off!
The Transat bakerly 2016
During the legendary solo race, crossing the North Atlantic in his trimaran revealed stressful for Lalou Roucayrol, who had to grapple with an unforgiving ocean as well as damage to his boat.
Following a collision with an unidentified floating object, the skipper of Team Arkema announced that he had lost the daggerboard of the Multi50 Arkema trimaran. With the help of his navigators Karine Fauconnier and Eric Mas, the sailor managed to reach New York on the best possible route.
Transat Jacques Vabre 2015
The 12th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre was particularly eventful for the skipper Lalou Roucayrol and his co-skipper César Dohy.
Following 20 days and 22 hours at sea, over 6,300 miles, 3 depressions and a 24 h 'pit-stop', the pair were pleased to reach port safely. When their boat experienced a problem off the coast of Brazil, the Team made a stop-over in Salvador de Bahia for repairs to be able to complete this tough race for both man and boat.
Route du Rhum 2014
After eleven days’ sailing across the Atlantic, Lalou Roucayrol crossed the finish line in Pointe-à-Pitre in second place in the Multi50 class. A challenging race, marked by changing weather conditions that forced many competitors to abandon the race.
But these trials did not stop the skipper who was able to maintain his course to Guadeloupe and offer us a great race as well as a place on the podium!
Transat Jacques Vabre 2013
Lalou Roucayrol and Mayeul Riffet set off full of confidence on board their Multi50. But their experience was not enough to overcome tricky sailing conditions and an unfortunate combination of circumstances.
A wave destabilized the Arkema-Région Aquitaine trimaran, causing it to capsize. Fortunately this event had no serious consequences for the sailors, who learnt from this experience.
For its first race and following five stages across Europe, the Arkema-Région Aquitaine trimaran pulled off a well-earned victory in the Route des Princes race.