Armel Le Cleac’h recently took possession of his new boat, the IMOCA 60 Banque Populaire VIII equipped with foils (which will start sailing in March: the great French sailor, looking forward to the 2016 Vendée Globe, announced that it will run the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre (from Le Havre to Itajaì, Brazil, for a total of 5,400 miles, starting on October 25) with Erwan Tabarly, the grandson of the legendary Eric.
TOGETHER TO LEARN HOW TO “FLY”
The two, now, will begin training sessions: there will indeed be getting used to the boat’s new way of sailing, after the rule change introduced the possibility of using foils aboard these ocean-going boats.
WHO IS ERWAN TABARLY
Le Cleac’h has known Tabarly junior for a long time; together they participated in some doubles regattas in the Figaro circuit in 2000. Erwan has a long experience behind him between Mini (he finished fourth in the Transat in 1999) and Figaro: son of Patrick Tabarly (Eric’s brother), he was born in Angers in 1974