As soon as the capsize of the Multi50 Arkema was known at around 0630hrs UTC/0730 CET on November 14 approximately 1,000 miles East of Guadeloupe, the whole of Team Arkema Lalou Multi began to organize a rescue operation for Lalou Roucayrol.
Pressure is slowly mounting on the pontoons of Saint-Malo in the run-up to the start of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, a legendary solo transatlantic race, on 4th November. After arriving in the buccaneering town halfway through the week, Lalou Roucayrol and the Multi50 Arkema are now getting into the swing of things. Lalou Roucayrol and his team are making the most of these last few days to present Arkema’s know-how, and offer many skippers the “Kit à Partir “, a repair kit developed through collaboration between the Arkema Group, its adhesives specialist subsidiary Bostik, and Team Lalou Multi.
Lalou Roucayrol, skipper of the Multi50 Arkema, will set off on 4 November in the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe. For his fourth participation in this race, the skipper’s ambitions are clear: to claim a podium place in this supreme event in solo ocean racing. But to achieve this, mental and physical preparation is essential.
Lalou Roucayrol and his crew of the Multi 50 Arkema won the first edition of the Valdys Trophy, which took place from 1st to 8th September, finishing in style the pre-season races 2018 before the ultimate transatlantic and emblematic Route du Rhum- Destination Guadeloupe.
For the past 5 years, Arkema has had a taste for ocean racing with its trimaran Multi50, which won the Transat Jacques Vabre race last November in particular. The exclusive partner of Lalou Roucayrol’s Lalou Multi team, Arkema shows off its colors on two distinct circuits, the Multi50 and the Mini 6.50 categories, thanks to innovative and high-performance boats built from materials developed from its own technologies. The Group has now decided to build a new Multi50 to be ready for launch in 2020 and with its sights set on the Route du Rhum 2022.
After 2017, a year filled with emotions and great results (victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre, 6th place in the Mini-Transat), the 2018 season promises to be busy and exciting for Team Arkema Lalou Multi: optimization refits, sporting reorganization of the team, arrival of a new skipper, and great expectations for the Route du Rhum towards the end of the year.