Loïck Peyron will skipper the largest ocean racing trimaran ever built on its next Jules Verne Trophy attempt

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Peyron, a La Baule native and holder of 42 Atlantic crossings and three laps around the World, will now be the skipper of the largest ocean racing trimaran ever built on the next Bank’s attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. Within the Team Banque Populaire, led by Ronan Lucas, Loïck Peyron joins Jeanne Grégoire and Armel Le Cléac’h.

Having chosen Armel Le Cléac’h to helm its new monohull for the next Vendée Globe, Banque Populaire has now entrusted Loick Peyron with the helm of its maxi multihull for the next record attempt round the world sailing crew non-stop and unassisted.

Loick Peyron, with impressive credits on all types of boats, is a multihull specialist who has developed numerous boats in this category. His experience with world tours and the G-Class is unquestionable. At the helm of the Maxi multihull Innovation Explorer, he ranked second in ‘The Race’.

Loick said he was “very pleased to be entrusted with such a great project within a high quality team.” He also “thanked Banque Populaire, the historic sailing sponsor, for her confidence.”

The beginning of the season will be dedicated to training off Lorient, home port of the largest multihull. Then, from 17-21 June, the Maxi Banque Populaire V and her team will take part in the Record SNSM and the Fastnet in August.

Then, the time will come to prepare for the Jules Verne Trophy which standby’s period is set for early November 2011

Loick Peyron’s career:

– In 1985, he won the Race of Europe aboard ‘Lada Poch’.
– In 1985, he won a leg victory in La Solitaire du Figaro.
– In 1987, he won La Baule-Dakar aboard ‘Lada Poch 2’.
– In 1990, he finished second aboard ‘Lada Poch 3’, on the Vendee Globe Challenge although he had to divert to give assistance to Philippe Poupon who capsized.

– Between 1992 and 2005, eight times winner of the Trophée Clairefontaine and two times twice of the Transat.
– Between 1993 and 1999, he won 13 victories and two second ranks out of 15 Grand Prix.

2000 to date …
During the 2000-2001 edition of The Race, he finished second aboard the maxi trimaran Innovation Explorer and undertook  this circumnavigation with crew in 64d 22h 32min38s.

– In 2001, he won the Transat Jacques Vabre aboard the trimaran ‘Fujifilm’.
– In 2005, he won the Transat Jacques Vabre with Jean-Pierre Dick on the 60 foot monohull Virbac-Paprec.
– Between 2005 and 2007, he got eight victories out of nine races.
– From 2006, the Rothschild family appointed Loick Peyron as General Directora of Gitana Team. The team built a 60-foot monohull, ‘Gitana Eighty,’ with which Loick Peyron won The Transat in 2008.
– A few months later, during the Vendee Globe, ‘Gitana Eighty’ dismasted fifteen miles behind the leader, forcing Loïck to retire.

– Loick Peyron participated in the 2010 ‘Alinghi adventure ‘, alongside Ernesto Bertarelli, as co-helmsman in the the America’s Cup battle.

– On April 4, after three months at sea with Jean Pierre Dick, skipper of ‘Virbac Paprec 3’, he won the Barcelona World Race (dual race around the world by the three caps). The 21 and 22 January

2011, during the Barcelona World Race, Loick Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick set a new 24h record on a  60 feet monohull covering the distance of 506.333 nautical miles.