Putting it about


 
We speak to trimaran guru Loick Peyron about his diverse sailing schedule and his new 38m maxi-foiler
Having been abruptly removed from the 60ft trimaran circuit when his boat broke up in the 2002 Route du Rhum and then been unsuccessful in his partnership with Bertrand Pace attempting to raise funds for an America's Cup campaign, Loick Peyron today is one of the busiest men on the yachting circuit. Last month for example he was back in 60ft trimarans racing with in the Nokia Oops Cup. He was also with Nicolas Grange on the winning Decision 35 Okalys in the annual Bol d'Or Rolex, sailed around the Isle of Wight with us on Mari Cha IV, set a new Open 60 SNSM record around the coast of Brittany and then carried out a Transat Jacques Vabre qualifier on an Open 60, followed by a few legs of the Tour de France a la Voile. While Peyron at present is spending a lot of time sailing with other people, he recently revealed to us his next project - a 38m (125ft) long foiler trimaran. In this he hopes to follow a similar path to his elder brother Bruno by winning the Jules Verne Trophy and under taking a program of records. While Franck Cammas' new Groupama III maxi-trimaran, currently in build at Multiplast in France, and Olivier de Kersauson's Geronimo are more or less enlarged versions of the ORMA 60s, albeit with less extreme beam and sail area, Peyron's new boat - which he has designed himself - is very different. "The problem is very simple," says Peyron. "If you want to stay on one hull - which is the goal of any multihull sailor - you may do that on small boats or on the 60s or or on big cats just for the pictures, but on a round the world trip you spend maybe 5% of

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