Rounding Cape Horn during the 2010-'11 Barcelona World Race, Loïck Peyron poses for a self portrait.
Loïck Peyron opens up about the ups and downs of his winning run in the Barcelona World Race and elaborates on his plans for the America’s Cup.
To win the Barcelona World Race, Loïck Peyron spent three months braving the world's toughest oceans with co-skipper Jean-Pierre Dick. But when I caught him on the phone shortly after his return, Peyron sounded as if he'd just come off a port-to-port day trip on a Sunday afternoon. He described matter-of-factly the mishaps they faced that resulted in two stopovers along the way, some nasty sea conditions, and a scary passage through the Strait of Gibraltar.
Aboard Sodeb'O in the middle of a solo round-the-world record attempt, Thomas Coville had time for a virtual chat.
Having been caught in high-pressure weather fronts, almost capsized off the coast of Brest, France, and worked his mind and body to exhaustion on two hours of sleep, Thomas Coville sounded amazingly calm and lucid in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Via satellite phone conference call last week, he spoke to a group of journalists about his attempt to sail around-the-world in less than 57 days, 13 hours. He has completed about one third of the journey on the trimarin Sodeb'O thus far.
At the Paris Boat Show, I fell in love with the elegant, racy daysailer Code 0.
I love gazing at big, expensive yachts as much as the next guy. But, often, the best surprises come in smaller packages. Such was the case at this year's Paris Boat Show, which I attended a few weeks back. Squeezed discreetly between the mega stands of the big-name boatbuilders was Code 0, a 32-foot daysailer that drew a sizable crowd.
Loïck Peyron, co-skipper of the Barcelona World Race entry Virbac Paprec 3, will also be thinking about his challenge for the 34th America's Cup as he sails around the globe non-stop.
The immediate future for Loïck Peyron is a pedal-to-the-medal lap of the planet in the Barcelona World Race. Beyond that, the 34th America's Cup looms. Yeah, you could say he's a little busy.
The day before any racing event can be stressful—at least it is for this writer—but completing last-minute preparations during the pre-start of one of the world’s biggest long-distance races is something else altogether. Yet, between checking equipment and finishing other odds and ends the day before the start of the Barcelona World Race, Loick Peyron took a few minutes to speak with Sailing World. Peyron, along with 2007 BWR winner Jean Pierre Dick as his teammate, is one of the race’s favorites.
Bertrand Pacé will lead Aleph Team France's bid for the 34th America's Cup.
With Aleph Team France, Bertrand Pacé could finally lead France to America's Cup competition.
A few days ago, Bertrand Pacé and Aleph Team France formally announced plans to make a run for the 34th America’s Cup, which culminates in 2013. After many false starts, will France finally field a contender for the world’s most prestigious race?
With Pacé serving as the team leader and multihull specialist Alain Gautier in the crew, it would seem the team has the necessary seamanship skills. Coming up with $50 million, however, represents a real challenge. “The first part of the regatta is about sponsorships," says Pacé. "During the past two months, we are on the right track."
Franck Cammas celebrates his victory in the Ultimate Class of the 2010 Route du Rhum. Cammas sailed Groupama 3 solo, though the boat is normally sailed by a crew of 10 or more.
With a 105-foot weapon, Franck Cammas slayed the Atlantic and the Route du Rhum's Unlimited Class. Was it as easy as it looked?
Franck Cammas didn’t shatter the course record, but managed Tuesday to bring Groupama 3 across the Atlantic from France to finish first in the Ultimate Class of the 3,540-mile Route du Rhum race. Cammas took the time to speak with Sailing World by phone from Guadeloupe. He said he had spent the last two days celebrating and was still trying to catch up on his sleep. But he still had a lot to say about what went right during the race and the tremendous physical and strategic challenges he faced.
Success has come often to offshore legend Michel Desjoyeaux. However, the cerebral Frenchman has no intention of resting on his laurels with two major races this winter and the granddaddy of shorthanded sailing, the Vendée Globe, next year.
Michel Desjoyeaux hopes to make history again as he attempts to take home the Route du Rhum trophy in the IMOCA class during the coming weeks after winning the race’s multihull ORMA title in 2002, the Vendée Globe twice, and the Solitaire du Figaro three times over. But as it stands now, there is no stand-out favorite in this intensely competitive IMOCA class during the fourth-day of this solo transatlantic race.