Oh s**t

Loick Peyron's new trimaran Fujifilm dismasts in race one at the ORMA Fecamps Grand Prix
Disaster struck Loick Peyron's new Fujifilm trimaran during the first day of the Offshore Racing Multihull Association's Grand Prix in Fecamps earlier today. Peyron, a past master of the 60ft trimaran circuit, won the first race of the day, but in the second his rotating wingmast came tumbling down on the second beat. Fujifilm's designer Nigel Irens says the dismasting came as no surprise as the team have been having problems with it since it was first stepped earlier this year. "They sailed yesterday and they came back saying that the mast didn't have long to go," commented Irens. "It's been a failure right from the start." Although all the 60ft trimarans in the fleet have rotating carbon fibre wingmasts, the version on Fujifilm was supposed to have been a new develop, structured to twist in such a way that it worked more efficiently with the mainsail, a similar idea to the banned Commodore's Cup yacht Krazy-K-Yote II. Unfortunately the mast has not been performing in the right way. "The intention for the mast was to allow a certain amount of twisting motion and it didn't work," continued Irens. "It was alright laterally, but it was much too bendy longitudinally." Irens says this was identified as a problem from the outset and the crew tried adding checkstays to the rig to keep it in column, but this did not work effectively, particularly when the mast was rotated. "Luckily it came down without hurting anyone or the boat," added Irens. Peyron's team does not have a spare mast and it will be interesting to see how they rerig Fujifilm for the Transat Jacques Vabre. See the following pages for French photographer Yvan Zedda's images of the disaster brought to you in association with the BlueGreen photographic agency (tel: +44 1983 293732