Bruno Peyron on the America's Cup and Jules Verne Trophy

Photo: Franck Faugere/DPPI
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Bruno Peyron was one proud brother recently when his younger sibling Loick continued the Peyron legacy arriving into Brest on board the 40m trimaran Banque Populaire to become the latest skipper to claim the Jules Verne Trophy. Bruno was of course the first person ever to set the Jules Verne Trophy record when, back over the winter of 1992-3, his five strong crew successfully sailed their 26m long catamaran Commodore Explorer around the world in 79 days 6 hours and 15 minutes – the first time a multihull had completed a lap of the planet non-stop. He has since won back the Jules Verne Trophy on two occasions – on Orange 1 in 2002 and on the purpose-built Orange 2 in 2005, the last time a catamaran held the record. Banque Populaire’s lap was the seventh time since Commodore Explorer’s inaugural voyage that the Jules Verne Trophy record has been bettered, although this doesn’t include the hiatus in 2004 when Steve Fossett’s maxi catamaran Cheyenne sailed around the world non-stop in a record time but wasn’t awarded the trophy as Fossett had refused to pay the Jules Verne Trophy entry fee. “18 years on – and now we are here! It is incredible! It is a really nice story. I didn’t know at the beginning it would end up this way, but it is very cool,” an elated Bruno Peyron confided to us. The time for the non-stop round the world lap has plummeted incredibly over the last 18 years. When Commodore Explorer set out (along with ENZA New Zealand and Olivier de Kersauson’s Charal) it was uncertain whether a maxi-multihull could even sail around the world non-stop let alone in under the required 80 days to qualify for the Jules Verne Trophy. 18 years on and Banque Populaire’s time was 57%