Loick Peyron thanks “his Italian friends”

loick-peyronSome time ago, we published an article about Loick Peyron’s new adventure: the skipper will embark on a venture that smacks of antiquity, namely participation in the Route du Rhum aboard the twin trimaran Olympus with which Mike Birch won the 1978 edition of the race.

The advantage of online publication is that the content is also immediately usable by those directly involved: and the great Loick Peyron immediately “caught” our piece. Putting aside the historic rivalry between the Italians and the French, he thanked “his Italian friends” for the publication in a post on his Facebook page. By the way: below is the article we had published.

Peyron-happyThe Route du Rhum, this year, reaches the milestone of 10 editions: to celebrate this regatta, a true classic of ocean sailing (the 3,562-mile solo transatalent, with a course from Saint-Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe) the French sailing legend Loick Peyron decided to participate aboard a boat that is, just to stay on topic, legendary. This is the twin of the trimaran Olympus with which Mike Birch won the 1978 edition of the race (just 98 seconds ahead of Poland’s Malinovski!), designed by Walter Green: a boat that Peyron restored to its former glory with his own hands.


Mike Birch's Olympus
Mike Birch’s Olympus

The sailor was sailing, this time on the Internet, when he came across the small 12-meter wooden trimaran, which he discovered was in a river near Plymouth. Peyron took the boat, brought it to Multiplast (one of the shipyards specializing in ultratechnology multihulls, with foils and wingsails) and launched into painstaking work, which he carried out without sponsors and with the help of a group of friends.

The boat is ready and has also taken on the original yellow color of Birch’s trimaran. Named Happy is the boat with which Loick Peyron will challenge the latest monsters of technology (for example, there will be the Maxi trimaran Spindrift 2, with Yann Guichard aboard): a feat that smacks of romance. But as the great sailor, now 55, rightly teaches us, “respecting sailing’s past helps us rethink its future.”



Peyron is one of the most accomplished and famous sailors in France: among his many achievements are the overall record at the Fastnet in 2011 on Banque Populaire V (1 day, 8 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds) and America’s Cup campaigns aboard Alinghi and Artemis as well as numerous ocean races.



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