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Posts Tagged ‘groupama 3’

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Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 10.28.27 AMNext time you want those young racers to quiet down, or when you feel like being a cheap fuck at the YC bar, consider this story.

Here is the video from sailing on Lending Club, (ex-Groupama 3/Banque Populaire VII), a 105′ Maxi Trimaran here on the West coast getting ready to do the Transpac.  I met Tim, one of the shore crew, years ago and he had a friends and family ride slot open up last Friday.

This thing is a beast, and really fun to drive.  I hit 32 kts while driving.  Ryan, the skipper hit 40 kts at 120 deg true wind angle in 20+kts of wind.   The boat goes upwind at 45 deg true wind angle at 19.5kts in 20 kts of breeze.  We had the J2 jib and 1 reef in the main.

It was karma that got me that ride, or maybe it was Return on Investment, whichever you believe in.  Tim called it ROI, and I laughed.  But all I did was buy a bunch of drinks for a nice young racing shore crew years ago, and really enjoyed their company and stories.  Then years later, I get the text message above.  Bottom line…you really can’t go wrong buying strangers a bunch of booze!

And Tim, If you are reading this [of course he is.  -ed], there are a bunch of San Francisco sailors that would like to buy you a drink.  Since you are here taking people for rides for the next 3 weeks…

 

June 16th, 2015 by admin

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New dad Ryan Breymaier and Lending Club have topped the 4ksb threshold in a fairly major way, and it’s just the beginning.  Photo credit to Quin Bisset and Q-and-K.

From Ryan:

“This was on our first day sailing after putting the 41 meter tall “big rig” in the boat – it’s got 5 meters on the rig that Loick Peyron won the Route du Rhum with.  Sail plan was a single-reefed main and J1, sailing downwind in 27 knots of breeze. Everything is going well, and our preparations for record breaking are moving ahead nicely…”

 

March 22nd, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 9.38.16 AMWe were a little cagey about the news we posted last week that the 103-foot Banque Populaire VIII (ex-Groupama 3) had been sold to Francis Joyon for some solo action; that’s because longtime SA contributor and project manager Ryan Breymaier asked us to keep our big mouths shut for a few days at least.  Unfortunately, someone else opened their trap the other day, and today Ryan gave us the go-ahead to confirm what we were so stoked about.

So get ready, America, because one of the world’s iconic maxi-trimarans – the first ever to round the world in under 50 days – is coming to the USA to destroy all of our records, or at least a handful of them.  This ain’t the Lo’Real, or the Tritium, or some other decades-old multihull suitable to the backwards-ass heavy-monohull-loving USA; this is the big green monster  (now blue, soon to be a different shade of blue) that Stan and Franck used to obliterate the notions of just how fast a boat could go when crossing oceans.  G3 paved the way for the Ultim’ concept, but she also got the world ready for the 40+ knot boats that we’re starting to see everywhere, and it’s just awesome to see her headed to US waters.

And it’s even better to see her with a US owner, run by a US sailor, aiming at US events.  Join that up with Jason Carroll’s GC-32,  Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70, a pile of M32 beach cats, and yet another 40-knot multi that we’ve learned is coming to the US this spring, and we can now say with some certainty that the multihull thing has finally broken through those last barriers on this side of the pond.  Will the old establishment guys ever come around?  Probably not; they seem to prefer 30 knots to 40, and 25 crew to 8, but for the rest of American top-end sailors, there is a new aspirational goal: The top boats just don’t carry lead.

We’ll have photos of the new Lending Club livery on the chartered 103-footer next week along with a few words from our old pal Ryan.

Be afraid…be very afraid!

 

February 27th, 2015 by admin

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