BANQUE POPULAIRE X

Country FR

FRA 30

Baptismal nameMACIF
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2010, CDK Technologies
Launch date8/16/11
Former namesMACIF, SMA

Presentation

This particular IMOCA monohull has surely won the most accolades of her generation: designed in 2011 for François Gabart, she finished fourth in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Sébastien Col), then won the BtoB return transatlantic race before taking the win in the Vendée Globe 2012-2013, then the Route du Rhum 2014.

Taken over by Paul Meilhat, the ex-Macif, rechristened SMA, suffered a few troubles, particularly during the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Michel Desjoyeaux) and above all in the return solo passage as the skipper was injured and the boat abandoned. Recovered again after a series of incidents, the monohull was returned to her former glory and finished fourth in The Transat and the New York-Vendée, but during the Vendée Globe 2016-2017, Paul Meilhat was forced to divert to Tahiti after her keel ram broke. After several podiums and victories, the skipper of SMA rounded off his time on the boat with a victorious Route du Rhum 2018, the boat having been sold to Banque Populaire. Following a selection process, Clarisse Crémer skippered her to sixth place in Brazil (with Armel Le Cléac’h). Retaining her original configuration, Banque Populaire X has no foils…

Banque Populaire X, IMOCA, Clarisse Cremer, Vendée Globe© JP Epron

Length18,28 m
Beam5,70 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight7,7 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
FoilsNo
Sail area max.
Upwind340 m2
Downwind570 m2

Sailing Highlights

2019 - Transant Jacques Vabre - C.Crémer - 6th
2019 - Défi Azimut - C.Crémer - 6th
2019 - Rolex Fastnet - C.Crémer - 3rd
2018 - Route du Rhum - P.Meilhat - Winner
2018 - Défi Azimut - P.Meilhat - 4th
2018 - Monaco Globe Series - P.Meilhat - Winner
2018 - Bermudes 1000 Race - P.Meilhat - Winner
2017 - Transat Jacques Vabre - P.Meilhat - 2nd
2017 - Défi Azimut - P.Meilhat - Winner
2017 - Rolex Fastnet Race - P.Meilhat - Winner
2016-17 - Vendée Globe - ABD
2016 - Défi Azimut - P.Meilhat - 4th
2016 - Transat NY-Vendée - P.Meilhat - 4th
2016 - The Transat - P.Meilhat - 4th
2015 - Transat Jacques Vabre - P.Meilhat - Retired
2014 - Route du Rhum - F.Gabart - Winner
2013 - Transat Jacques Vabre - F.Gabart - Retired
2012-13 - Vendée Globe - F.Gabart - Winner
2011 - Transat BtoB - F.Gabart - Winner
2011 - Transat Jacques Vabre - F.Gabart - 4th