CLASS40 REIMAGINED: #158 – Crédit Mutuel


BUILT: 2019 at JPS Production

SKIPPER: Ian Lipinski

BEST RESULT: Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 (1st)


In our latest edition of Class40 Reimagined, we focus on Crédit Mutuel and Ian Lipinski - one of the most talented and successful combinations currently racing in Class40.

Inspired by the colour scheme of one of France’s biggest corporate banks, this is a design you can always expect to see fighting it out at the front of a Class40 race.

Lipinski himself has been dominant in the sailing world for many years. He graduated with an engineering degree from the higher Institute of aeronautics and space, before entering the Classe Mini - a category that brought him plenty of success. After numerous wins, he reached his goal of winning his first Mini Transat in 2015 in Series before returning in 2017 in the prototype class and winning that too.

In 2018 Lipinski made the step up to Class40. His previous success in Classe Mini attracted a four-year partnership from French bank Crédit Mutuel which, in turn, allowed him to work on the construction of a new and innovative Class40, targeting the Route du Rhum in 2022.

The boat first touched the water in August 2019, just two and half months before her debut race, the Transat Jacques Vabre. Outstandingly, Lipinski went on to claim victory, emphatically breaking the record for the largest distance covered in a 24 hour period in a Class40 – beating the previous record by 38 miles.

This isn’t the only record Lipinski and Crédit Mutuel have managed to break in recent times. In 2020, while there were no official races due to the Covid-19 lockdown, Lipinski sailed solo around the British Isles, setting a new record time for this course of 7d, 17h, 50m.

They are now set for another big year in 2022 having just finished second, 16 minutes behind first, in the first race of the season, the 1000 Miles des Sables! With four races to go, and qualification for the Route du Rhum confirmed you can be sure that it’s going to be a big year for Lipinski and Credit Mutuel.


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