Since it was first launched at the end of March 2013, the Arkema Multi50 trimaran has taken part in many ocean races.
Drheam Cup 2018
Lalou Roucayrol was set to sail the 700 nautical mile course from La Trinité-sur-Mer to Cherbourg.
Erratic winds made for a challenging start to the race, as the boats struggled to make any headway.
Following a great comeback later on, Lalou eventually finished the race in second place!
Grand Prix Guyader 2018
After clinching second place in 2017, the crew made it to the top of the podium at this 2018 edition of the Grand Prix Guyader.
For this race at the beginning of May, Lalou Roucayrol was surrounded by César Dohy (in charge of the sails), Karine Fauconnier (overseeing the boat’s performance), Quentin Vlamynck (boat captain of the Multi 50 Arkema), and Romaric Neyhousser (the boat’s architect).
Grand Prix de l’École Navale 2018
The Grand Prix de l’École Navale event followed in the wake of the Grand Prix Guyader.
The crew was the same, except for Romaric Neyhousser, who exchanged places with Aquitaine-born skipper Yannick Bestaven.
They finished the race in an excellent second place in the Multi50 category.
These two events have showed that the boat has improved a lot following the work undertaken last winter, in particular with new sails, the overall balance of the boat being altered, and the layout of the boat deck being optimized. The technical choices we made were positive. The boat is responding really well. We improved our speed in light and moderate winds, and didn’t underperform in breezy conditions. Now the boat is fast in any conditions! The outcome is very satisfactory.
Transat Jacques Vabre 2017
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. The Arkema pair covered the course’s 4,350 theoretical miles of the legendary Coffee Route in 10 days 19 hours 14 minutes and 19 seconds. An outstanding performance for these skippers who managed to overcome both technical and physical hurdles to ultimately claim victory!
It was the right boat and the right crew for the right race! We had all the ingredients to go fast and to win. We enjoyed every minute from start to finish. We have earned this first place, we dug very deep to clinch it!
Grand Prix Guyader 2017
Following its winter refit, the trimaran Multi50 was back for the 2017 season with the Grand Prix Guyader race. A first limbering-up for Team Arkema Lalou Multi which finished the race in a pleasing 2nd place.
The Grand Prix Guyader got the crew back up and running! This instructive four-day race has helped us fine-tune our preparations with Karine (Fauconnier) for the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre.