10 November 2014

Loick Peyron Skipper, Banque Populaire, Route du Rhum 2014

Loick Peyron Skipper, Banque Populaire, Route du Rhum 2014 winner

Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe: "Peyron is predicted to cross the finish line around 0230hrs TU/0330hrs CET/2230hrs local. To beat the established race record of 7 days and 17 hours he needs to break the line by 0619hrsTU/0719hrsCET/0219hrslocal time. At 1600hrs TU this afternoon Peyron, on the 31.5m trimaran Maxi Solo Banque Populaire, was 178nm miles from the finish line, averaging 23kts. His nearest rival Yann Guichard on the 40m Spindrift 2 is over 240 miles in his wake. For Loick Peyron whose 49th passage of the Atlantic this race will complete- his 18th solo - winning the Route du Rhum would add to a remarkably full collection of sailing honours. In 2011-12 he skippered the 14 man team which currently holds the all out non-stop around the world Jules Verne Trophy record aboard Banque Populaire V, the trimaran which is ironically finishing second to him, as Spindrift 2. He has won the Transat three times, the Transat Jacques Vabre twice. Adding to the B2B race back from Brazil in 2007 this will be his seventh Transatlantic win solo or two up. He was second in the 1990 Vendee Globe after rescuing fellow competitor Philippe Poupon and won the 2011 Barcelona World Race round the world with Jean-Pierre Dick. He has raced in the last two America's Cups, in 2013 with Atrtemis Racing and in 2010 with Alinghi."

Route du Rhum: JohnTheCrowd.com: RDR2014 and #LaRouteDuRhum and #RDR2014
Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

Spindrift Racing | Official website | Maxi Trimaran, MOD70 & Decision 35: " Final few hours at sea for Spindrift 2,Exactly one week after the Route du Rhum began in Saint-Malo, the leaders are already preparing for their arrival in Guadeloupe. As the layer of clouds rises following 48 hours of heavy rain, all eyes on the island are turning to the arrival of the first boats."


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