Fuji relaunched

Loick Peyron's 60ft tri ready for Route du Rhum

Wednesday October 9th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
After three weeks at the shipyard, Loick Peyron's 60ft trimaran Fujifilm was re-launched on Friday in her homeport of La Trinité sur Mer. The mast was re-stepped yesterday, and Peyron is now preparing to embark on a series of single-handed training sessions prior to the start of the Route du Rhum in November.

After the Fécamp (Normandy) Grand Prix in September, the Fujifilm trimaran was sent back to the shipyard in Saint Philibert (across the river from La Trinité sur Mer, Brittany). Following a season of fully crewed races, the tri has had to be modified for single-handed navigation and completely checked over.

“We started by putting two drawings made by my kids on the chart table, before tackling a two-pages long list of things to do!" explained Peyron. "On the deck, were fitted two automatic pilots, satellite communication antennas and supplementary solar panels. A new anti-sliding paint was also applied for more safety, we lowered the bunk inside, allowing me to lay down and get up faster. In the end, we strengthened the mast foot which showed some weaknesses.”

Concerning the appendages, the old and modified centerboard was refitted (without the trim tab in order to simplify manoeuvres), a lifting rudder blade was fitted to the central hull, as well as two 'new generation' rudder blades in the float. These are higher aspect and should delay the use of the central rudder blade.

Training

With Fujifilm’s mast re-stepped the new sail wardrobe has been taken on board (inlcuding the staysail and jib – in lightweight and water-repellent Cuben fibre as well as the sails used during the victorious Course des Phares (mainsail, solent and Cuben fibre gennaker).

Next week, Peyron will be training for single-handed racing, before delivering the boat to Saint-Malo on October 31st.

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