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  • Coville, Joyon, Gabart, le Cleac'h Form New Maxi League

    Banque Populaire, Macif and Sodebo, owners of longtime sailing, come together to create the Collective Ultim. Their goal: a race program over 4 years reserved for multihulls 80 feet and more, to get in contact with a wide audience who dreams of extreme adventures or ultimate ...

    In relation to their investment in sailing for many years, these three owners no longer have to show how the term engagement account for them. With their experience feedback, they share the same vision and believe today the category of hunters records! All these parameters have since reconciled Banque Populaire, Macif and Sodebo, now wish to enroll in the same dynamic and gather today to create the first group of owners: the Collective Ultim Through this approach, they confirm their common desire to innovate, take on new challenges and build a race program, with the goal of an adventure around the world solo, and multihull fleet in 2017.

    This new partnership allows them to start a common history and is also a more pragmatic point of view, the opportunity to reduce costs by pooling a number of costs in terms of logistics and in particular communication.

    The Collective is strength Soul pioneers! adventure around the world to share with as many ... these multihulls 80 feet and more, is the motto of this commitment. Owners are convinced, their sailors, Armel Le Cleac'h, François Gabart and Thomas Coville too. Together, they are ready to meet this new challenge and to provide the means. They hope to make the eyes of those who hoped longstanding implementation of this challenge and have now convince those who wish to bring with them to the ranks shine. Ultim Challenge, first edition 2015 2018 The Ultim Collective's goal is to work for the establishment of a program over 4 years, called Challenge Ultim that integrates a round the world solo and at least an intermediate race other years. Required for these races format would be solo or double. Join the group for a shipowner assumes that his boat is manageable without electrical or hydraulic assistance and can align at least the start of a race per year. Thierry Bouvard, Head of Sector Programs Editorials and Sponsoring Banque Populaire (right image)

    "Banque Populaire is an actor involved in sailing for over 25 years. We have always supported that large vessels participating in races, and compete with each other in a spirit of competition and sharing emotions . We are delighted to see today's federated around Ultim Collective forces to offer the public the highlights of sailing, human adventure as we love them so much . "

    Jean-Bernard Le Boucher, Director of Programmes racing Macif Group (2nd from left in the picture)
    "The door MACIF values ​​of solidarity, innovation, performance and sharing. Those same values ​​drive shipowners who founded the Collective Ultim. This is a chance for MACIF embarking on this ambitious program from 2015 . Our goal is to collectively push the limits of the Offshore Racing solitary synonymous with adventure and excitement to a wide audience. "

    Patricia Brochard, co-President of Sodebo (center image)
    "The pioneering and adventurous spirit is still behind the success of companies like sailors, dare or dared to embark on bold paris. Creating Collective Ultim is born from the desire of many owners to build together a project to take on new challenges and share it with a wider audience. freedom to act to create our future drives us every day. "

    Armel Le Cleac'h, skipper of Banque Populaire
    "I am pleased with the momentum that is being born, which will allow these great boats to confront and thus offer us new adventures. "

    François Gabart, skipper MACIF
    "This is a new challenge to grow our dreams and share them with the greatest number. "

    Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo
    "This collective dynamics is a unique opportunity to promote fundamental conveyed by racing: freedom, commitment, sharing. "

    Shipowners and sailing

    About Banque Populaire
    In 2014, the People's Bank will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its commitment to sailing. The Sailing Bank is owner of ocean racing multihulls since 1989, the Jules Verne Trophy and 7 other crew records holder. Since 2004, she also participates in the Figaro circuit monocoque and since 2011 the IMOCA circuit.

    Banque Populaire accompanies the French Sailing Federation since 2000 and all sailing enthusiasts through its support for French clubs and sailing schools. Banque Populaire regional banks in the area, multiply the action by linking local partnerships with leagues sail. Engaging with athletes from Team France to the Olympics in Rio, it continues its support for a third Olympiad without interruption. Renewing their agreement with Eric Tabarly Association, the Banques Populaires are committed for a further 3 years in the restoration and promotion of Pen Duick, bringing to 12 the number of years of patronage of the fleet. www. About MACIF

    Macif Sea Solidarity is more than 40 years of solidarity actions Macif in the maritime domain. First insurer to offer a boating contract in France, Macif is one of the leaders in this field with nearly 66,000 contracts in 2012. It was created in 1987 Macif Sailing Centre, second school of French sailing area approved by the French Sailing Federation, which annually hosts nearly 2,000 students. Macif Prevention also supports the lifeboat for more than 20 years and pays him each year a portion of the contributions relating to the contract boating. Through his leadership Social Responsibility (CSR) and its Foundation, Macif is involved in environmental activities such as coastal preservation or support EcoNav network. Finally, he accompanied the sporting and human project talents of racing with Skipper Macif program on the Figaro circuit Beneteau II and MACIF 60 'program on the IMOCA circuit. More information about

    About Sodebo
    The Association for strong and positive values ​​of sailing has contributed to increase awareness of SODEBO while developing its image and sympathy capital from its public while federating company employees.
    Fifteen years of active cross sponsoring, on different media, have offered SODEBO a strong brand image, innovative, friendly and supportive. Photo Pierre Picard / Sodebo
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    An all star cast. Should get them big dollar sponsors for the race!