© © Stephane MAILLARD
Country FR

FRA 18

Baptismal nameBanque Populaire VIII
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2015, CDK Technologies, Port-La-Forêt
Launch date6/9/15
Former namesBanque Populaire VIII


Winner of the last Vendée Globe, Bureau Vallée II was bought up by Louis Burton before she’d even completed her victorious round the world!

It’s interesting to note that in 2015, just six IMOCA monohulls were built, all of them VPLP-Verdier designs. The first racing season involved a year of fine-tuning with Armel Le Cléac’h and Erwan Tabarly, who finished second in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015. Reinforced and equipped with new foils better suited to upwind sailing, her skipper singlehandedly overwhelmed the competition in The Transat, but hit a UFO during the New York-Vendée, forcing him to retire from the race. In the autumn of 2016, the boat was thoroughly optimised so that she was able to dominate in the Défi Azimut and then again in the Vendée Globe, after an epic duel to the finish with Alex Thomson. As such, the ex-Banque Populaire VIII holds the reference time for the event with a time of 74 days 03 hours 35 minutes… After a series of training sessions, Louis Burton sailed with Servane Escoffier for the 2017 season and the Transat Jacques Vabre (7th), but was forced to retire from the Route du Rhum following water ingress via the foil casing. She competed in another Transat Jacques Vabre in 2019, this time with Davy Beaudart (10th).

Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight6,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind600 m2

Sailing Highlights

2019 - Transat Jacques Vabre - L.Burton - 10th
2019 - Défi Azimut - L.Burton - 10th
2019 - Rolex Fastnet Race - L.Burton - 4th
2018 - Route du Rhum - L.Burton - Retired
2018 - Défi Azimut - L.Burton - 6th
2018 - Monaco Globe Series - L.Burton - 8th
2018 - Berrmudes 1000 Race - L.Burton - Retired
2017 - Transat Jacques Vabre - L.Burton - 7th
2017 - Défi Azimut - L.Burton - 6th
2017 - Rolex Fastnet Race - L.Burton - 6th
2016 - Vendée Globe - A.Le Cléach' - Winner
2016 - Défi Azimut - A.Le Cléac'h - Winner
2016 - Transat NY-Vendée - A.Le Cléac'h - Retired
2016 - The Transat - A.Le Cléac'h - Winner
2015 - Transat Jacques Vabre - A.Le Cléac'h - 2nd
2015 - Rolex Fastnet Race - A.Le Cléac'h - 6th

© Jean-Marie LIOT / defi Azimut