America's Cup for Loick Peyron?


 
James Boyd caught up with the French trimaran ace to get the low down
Loick Peyron has come to a crossroads in his career. His 60ft trimaran Fujifilm broke up and was lost during the Route du Rhum (to hear Peyron's extraordinary - but fairly lengthy - account of the tri's loss - click here). At the time of our interview his sponsors Fuji France and Renault were not prepared to build another boat. He has just bought himself a new Figaro. And his prolonged time in Auckland suggests more than a passing interest in the America's Cup. The Daily Sail caught up with the charismatic Frenchman during one of the many interminable delays of cancelled racing. Once we get over our mutual gripes about sitting out on the water twiddling our thumbs waiting for racing to start, Peyron says that he still wants to be in the 60ft trimaran class and is awaiting the outcome of his sponsorship negotiations. "At this time it is not working - it has not definitely stopped and it is not definitely yes," he admits - remarkable since Peyron is the class' most successful skipper ever and is still on song having won the Course des Phares and two of the Grand Prix last year. "It is not a nice situation because I would really like to be back as soon as possible in this marvellous area of the 60s." If the situation remains unresolved Peyron says he has had two proposals to do the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre this autumn and may even sign up with another team for the season - Jean-Luc Nelias and Alain Gautier have both crewed for him in the past. Now the tables may turn... Fuji France who have sponsored Peyron since the early 1990s were looking to slowly extracate themselves from the trimaran class and this year Fujifilm - had she not broken up

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