Since discovering the multihull in 1985, Lionel Lemonchois has not stopped sailing. The result is an impressive nautical CV. A crewman in high demand, he has been sought after by Karine Fauconnier, Bruno Peyron, Pascal Bidégorry and Franck Cammas. However, this sailor from Normandy has achieved his most dazzling successes solo. Nobody could forget his remarkable 2006 win in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale at the helm of the 60' Gitana 11. And nobody could forget that four years later, in the same race, he achieved the same result in the Multi50 class, sponsored by Prince de Bretagne. Small wonder then that his ambition for 2014 is to have his name on the winner's list for this queen of single-handed transatlantic races, but this time in the Ultimate category. To achieve his goal he has a formidable secret weapon: the Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne. He is hoping to show the full potential of this boat in the Route des Princes 2013.. and that's just for starters.
- Two-time winner of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale (all classes, 2006; Multi 50 in 2010)
- Two-time winner of the Jules Verne Trophy (in 2005 with Orange II; in 2010 with Groupama 3)
- Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (in 2005 with Popular Bank IV)
Lionel Lemonchois had been turning over the idea of lengthening a 60' trimaran for a while. Prince de Bretagne gave him the opportunity of putting his idea into practice by acquiring an ex- 60' ORMA. The skipper and his team undertook the lengthy works necessary to increase the boat to 80' (24 m). The aim: to compete in the Ultimate category, win the Route du Rhum 2014 and make the racing record books. With the modifications complete, the Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne was launched at the end of October 2012 and is ready to take to the water in racing mode for this European tour. Watch that space.
- Maximum length: 24.38 m (80')
- Maximum width: 18.20 m
- Maximum draft: 30.20 m
- Sail surface area upwind: 305 m
- Sail surface area downwind: 400 m
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