Saturday, 15 May 2010

The Maxi Banque Populaire has Left the Pontoons in La Ciotat

The Banque Populaire V crew. Image copyright B. Stichelbaut/BPCE.

by Virginie Bouchet (in translation)

The Maxi Banque Populaire V left the port of La Ciotat at 17h30, in the direction of Marseille and the start of the attempt on the Mediterranean Record.

Greeted by many members of the public, present for the Ascension weekend in the little port of Bouches du Rhône, Pascal Bidégorry and the 11 members of the team slipped their mooring at 17h30 to head for the starting position located between the ancient Sémaphore de Frioul and the Centre Nautique du Prado.

In a few hours they will start on their attempt at the record over 455 nautical miles, held by Franck Cammas since the 16th May 2009 in 17 hours 8 minutes and 23 seconds.

The attempt may be followed on the Banque Populaire V website