Loïck Peyron celebrates record win
Loïck Peyron is celebrating his record win in the transatlantic yacht race the Route de Rhum. The Frenchman skippered the Maxi Trimaran Solo Banque Populaire VII to take out the 10th edition of the yacht race, arriving in Guadeloupe in a record 7 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 32 seconds.
He set a new race record, bettering Lionel Lemonchois’ benchmark performance in 2006 by 2 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds.
Natixis is proud to announce Loïck Peyron's stunning victory on board Banque Populaire VII. Two months ago, he quietly and professionally took up the challenge set by Banque de la Voile. He agreed to replace Armel Le Cleac’h who was forced to withdraw from the race owing to a serious injury to his right hand. Loïck now ranks as one of the living legends of open-sea racing, but he insists on sharing his victory with the entire Banque Populaire Team, and with Armel Le Cléac'h and Marcel van Triest. “I knew the boat was good, that the crew was in stellar form and that I had the energy to do it.”
Loïck Peyron made the crossing with the same professionalism that has dominated his rise to power with a Banque Populaire crew that he knows and respects. “This may be my biggest triumph, but it is above all a team victory.”
Living a dream
Loïck Peyron describes a 7-day voyage of incredible intensity. “Straight away, the speeds were very fast. We had to make an immediate all-out attack in very choppy seas. I managed to break ahead of the pack on the outer tip of Brittany after a close-fought battle with Sodebo. I broke away a second time after the Azores with the help of some fine weather. Then came the trade winds. We were scared and stressed, but just had to manage. I also nearly capsized when grabbing the helm after a fall.” Loïck finished the 3,542 nautical mile race (equivalent to 6,375 km) at an average speed of 19.34 knots. In fact, he sailed 4,199 nautical miles at an average speed of 22.93 knots.
The French skipper had previously raced the Route de Rhum six times without taking out a prize. This time he blitzed it in record time.