For Peyron, An Emotional Homecoming after Jules Verne

The following press release is distributed on behalf of Energy Team.

When they crossed the finishing line off Brest yesterday evening at 2214hrs GMT, Loïck Peyron and his crew of thirteen on the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V smashed the outright round the world record, becoming the fastest crew to sail around the world. Loïck Peyron and his crew completed their voyage in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds, improving on the previous record time for the Jules Verne Trophy by 2 days, 18 hours, 1 minute and 59 seconds.

Setting sail on the 22nd November 2011 and crossing the start line between Ushant off the coast of Brittany and the Lizard, the southernmost tip of Britain, the Maxi Banque Populaire V crossed the finishing line of the Jules Verne Trophy at 22:14:35 GMT (23:14:35 CET) on Friday 6th January 2012. They made it around the world in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds, at an average speed of 26.51 knots covering a total distance of 29,002 miles.

First reactions from Loïck Peyron
“It’s a very emotional moment and everyone is overjoyed! We’ll be celebrating this achievement amongst ourselves before returning to Brest tomorrow morning to share this amazing success with everyone. Our minds are full of fantastic images: the start, the icebergs, the albatrosses, the Kerguelen Islands… When you sail around the world in 45 days, you see a lot. The only thing we missed out on was Cape Horn, but that tiny frustration can be forgotten now that we have this record in our hands. We’re very proud. When we crossed the line, we kissed each other on the cheeks to say thanks for this little trip.”

Launched in Lorient in August 2008 (Morbihan in Southern Brittany), the giant trimaran also set a  series of records along the way that have already been ratified by the WSSRC (World Sailing Speed  Record Council) :
– Equator–Equator record: 32 days, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 30 seconds
– Indian Ocean record (Cape Agulhas / South of Tasmania): 8 days, 7 hours, 22 minutes and 15 seconds

The winning crew in this rapid round the world voyage included Loïck Peyron (skipper), Thierry Chabagny, Florent Chastel, Thierry Dduprey du Vorsent, Kevin Escoffier, Emmanuel Le Borgne, Frédéric Le Peutrec, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Ronan Lucas, Pierre-Yves Moreau, Yvan Ravussin, Xavier Revil, Brian Thompson, Juan Vila with Marcel van Triest their router back on dry land.

Bruno Peyron present in Brest
Three times winner of the Jules Verne Trophy, Bruno Peyron was present in Brest to welcome home Loïck and congratulate the crew of Banque Populaire: “This was a great victory, after a well managed race and a fantastic route around the world. They always took the right decisions and at the right time. This was a good team effort, as the result proves, so we can but admire the performance and the way it was achieved. Loïck has won the Jules Verne Trophy that Franck (Cammas) took away from us, so the family honour has been saved. And if someone takes it away from us again, we’ll be out there to win it back. Why not together, as that would be an incredible story? More seriously, once Loïck has recovered and got some well deserved rest, he’ll be back with Energy Team and the French challenger for the 2013 America’s Cup. We will be making the most of the next few months to continue to work on the team’s performance and the communications around the project, while continuing to train. We haven’t yet decided where exactly. It may be in Valencia, where our AC45 was unloaded a few weeks ago, or Marseilles where it would be nice to compete in a match race against several other Challengers from the America’s Cup, or why not back in Brittany?”