Trimaran promotion

madforsailing speaks to rally driver turned trimaran owner Peter Bryant about the RTI race and his new boat
Yorkshire businessman Peter Bryant had his baptism of fire in the Round the Island Race last year. For the last season he chartered the 34ft John Shuttleworth-designed trimaran Shockwave and with a team led by skipper and multihull sailor Alaistair Wood and Charles Derbyshire (of Spinlock fame) blasted round the island to finish third overall. "It was excellent. We had a ball of a time," Bryant told madfor sailing. "We were lucky to catch the right conditions to get round. We came third overall across the line which was tremendous." However there is an interesting twist to Bryant's story. Today he is a successful businessman, but in the 1970s and early 1980s he was a successful rally driver. Bryant was co-driver or the man with the map during this time for notables such as Ari Vatanen and Hannu Mikkola as part of the Ford World Rally team or with the Toyota or Chrysler teams. He was outright winner of more than 30 rallies in approx 100 starts He gave up rally but returned to motor racing in the mid 1980s this time on circuits and as owner and team manager campaigned his Lotus Cortina Gp2 in FIA Historic Races throughout UK and Europe. During this period he won 14 events out of 15 with Tony Llanfranchi and Sir John Whitmore driving. With his motor racing background Bryant is a dab hand at using the publicity he has generated through sports to get sponsorship, although in the case of his latest venture of three hulls it is more a case of poacher turned game keeper. "The idea is we have a company called ProVu, selling new video phone technology." he explains of the company of which he is a co-owner. "I am using this to promote ProVu as a young start-up company. and I'm just