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4000 PEOPLE TO WELCOME LORIENT'S HEROES WHO SMASHED A NEW JULES VERNE TROPHY RECORD !

4000 Personnes pour accueillir Banque Populaire V © Lorient Grand Large
4000 Personnes pour accueillir Banque Populaire V © Lorient Grand Large

"HAPPY TO BE AT HOME" That was the firsts words of the crew members who arrived on Giant 40 m long maxi-trimaran Banque Poulaire V

Nearly 4,000 people had gathered in the late afternoon to welcome with the honors the boat and crew at the submarines base of Lorient, venue for the french Volvo Ocean Race stopover. 

A big wave to thanks the patience of the public who remained as the boat was a little bit late due to weakness of the wind. Surely weather conditions, spring mood and the atmosphere prevailing at the Submarine Base were a great help! A taste of  what will be the stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race to be held in June

The mast of the boat first appeared behind Larmor Plage, a final affalage after the Citadel of Port Louis and that was the triumphal entry into the Submarine Base and mooring at pontoon A, the one where will be moored VOR 70 boats of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The entire team was cheered and congratulated as it should after this magnificent achievement.

One by one the sailors expressed their happiness to find their homeport and home, LORIENT: "We're tied to that place where we work for years, this crowd of people is incredible! It was a great welcome from the Lorient, thanks to all".

Welcome to you all Guys! Congratulations to the crew for this great record ! Congratulations also to the shore team who has done an incredible job!

Remember that the last 3 boats to have set a Jules Verne Trophy record were based in Lorient. 
Banque Populaire is attached to Lorient by another link : she was built in Lorient at less than 500 m from her pontoon ! 

Offshore sailing and sailors paradise, we tell you ! 

Thank you to all the public. 

Next major events in Lorient is the return of Tara Oceans oceanographic mission after 3 years around the world the 31 March, then the International Multihull Boat Show from 18 to 22 April and the French stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race from 16 June to 1st July 2012 .

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