Taking on the 34th America's Cup

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Bruno Peyron tells us about his progress with Energy Team
With the America’s Cup going catamaran, then it was inevitable that the leading nation for offshore multihull racing should be represented. In fact France at present is the only country fielding two potential challengers for the 34th America’s Cup in the Bertrand Pace-led Aleph and the Peyron brothers’ Energy Team. The Peyron brothers have been campaigning offshore multihulls for more than three decades. Bruno, now 56, competed in the first Route du Rhum in 1977 and came second in 1982, but is best known for skippering the maxi cat Commodore Explorer back in 1994 becoming the first ever to win the Jules Verne Trophy for sailing around the world non-stop in less than 80 days. The originator of the present breed of offshore maxi-multihulls, known as the ‘G Class’ and subsequently creator of The Race held in 2001, Bruno has bettered his original Jules Verne Trophy time twice more since 1994. His most recent attempt on Orange 2 in 2005 stood as the benchmark to beat until it finally yielded earlier this year to Franck Cammas and the crew of Groupama III. Younger brother, Loick, 51, is a more all-round sailor and for a long time was the most successful skipper on the ORMA 60 trimaran circuit, during which time he twice won the OSTAR aboard his Fujifilm trimarans. He has since proved equally adept around the cans in D35s and in the Extreme Sailing Series. Given that they were very late getting into the AC45s compared to the big three (Oracle Racing, Emirates Team NZ and Artemis), Bruno Peyron says that it was good they were able to hold their own against them in Plymouth. “We are very pleased, because we are a little bit ahead compared to where we expected to be at the very beginning when we decided to do this. We