Annecy 2018 Sails Around The World

The Maxi Banque Populaire V, the largest off-shore racing trimaran, carrying Annecy 2018’s bid logo on its mast, 47 metres high, set sail Saturday in the Jules Verne Trophy race in a record-breaking attempt for a non-stop and unsupported circumnavigation around the globe.

Pascal Bidegorry, skipper of the Maxi Banque Populaire V said, “I am very proud to be able to carry the hopes of Annecy 2018 around the world. Mariners and mountain lovers share many values, which are the foundation of my world. I hope that we can, in our own way, contribute to the realization of the wonderful event that the 2018 Winter Olympics in Annecy would be”.

Jean-Pierre Vidal, Vice President of Annecy 2018 said, “we wish the crew an exceptional race and thank its members for flying the bid’s colours. Thanks to the Maxi Banque Populaire V crew, Annecy 2018 is off on a magnificent journey around the world, which matches our enthusiasm and dedication to meeting the bid’s challenges”.