23 JANUARY 2017 - Dramatic Finish to the Vendee Globe
For Green Marine, it was a case of first, second and third with the yachts they’ve been involved with each claiming a podium position in this edition of the Vendee Globe.
Throughout the race, leading duo Armel le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire VIII) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) have battled for pole position and entered the final 1000nm of the race with just 72nm between the pair.
Victory was to be Armel's however, completing his circumnavigation in 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds.
BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII
Skippered by Armel le Cleac'h, Banque Populaire VIII was built by CDK in France and launched in June 2015. Green Marine's skills were called upon for the deck mould and structure - providing the tooling and completing the composite work. An incredible performance by this French sailor, our congratulations to all involved.
Green Marine could not be prouder to align their name with Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss. Constructed at Green Marine and launched in 2015, the VPLP-Verdier design, fitted with a unique foiling package, was always going to be a very serious contender. With a foil design that differs to the rest, and despite losing the starboard foil when the boat hit an unknown object in the Atlantic, Alex has proven that he and Hugo Boss are the fastest in the fleet.
Alex reached the Equator quicker than anyone else in the race's history, and comes away from this edition of the Vendee Globe in 2nd place and with a new World Record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours.
Alex Thomson completed the Vendee Globe just 15 hours, 59 minutes and 29 seconds behind Armel le Cleac'h.
Maitre Coq is the new guise of the 2012/13 Vendee Globe second-placed Banque Populaire (skippered that year by Armel le Cleac'h). She was built by CDK and we were delighted to again work with this talented build team in constructing the hull shell.
Although not the latest generation of design, the boat has remained competitive, particulalry under the charge of Skipper Jeremie Beyou, who upgraded Maitre Coq by fitting foils.
Maitre Coq took 3rd place, finishing 4 days and 3 hours behind winner, Armel le Cleac'h and Banque Populaire VIII.