Saturday 13 February 2010

JVT: Code Orange for the Maxi Banque Populaire V

The Maxi Banque Populaire V moved today to code orange, with a view to departing on Sunday. After 3 months of waiting, the weather seems at last to have opened a window of opportunity to Pascal Bidégorry and his team of twelve men to launch themselves on the conquest of the Jules Verne Trophy

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

by Virginie Bouchet (in translation)

Pascal Bidégorry, skipper of the maxi multihull reflects on the change to code organge: "For several days things have seemed to evolve in a good way in the forecast. We decided to change to code orange today, more on account of the fact that we are reaching the maturity date of our stand by, and we have finally the opportunity to have correct perspectives of what wil happen in the North or South Atlantic. We should leave during the day on Sunday, with certainly strong weather conditions from Cape Finisterre. We know that that will be athletic, but we rejoice at last to be able to cast off and attempt the Jules Verne Trophy record."

If previously the conditions in the South Atlantic had never been favorable to a departure, it would seem that the position is evolving, and even if within 48H of a possible departure it is still too early to be adamant, it seems as though the end of the waiting time is imminent.

Banque Populaire V

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