Putting something back

We speak to Bruno Peyron about his latest initiative with Orange and how he will sail his 125ft cat singlehanded
Bruno Peyron entered a new phase in his sailing career this week with the news that his French telecom giant sponsor are to continue their backing of not only his 125ft Jules Verne Trophy-winning maxi-catamaran, Orange II, but also Steve and Yvan Ravussin's trimaran Orange Project for the forthcoming seasons. But the new five year deal Peyron has signed with Orange is much more than mere boat branding. While the company are in the process of rebranding, converting many France Telecom subsiduaries to the Orange brand, Peyron says that their involvement with yachting this time is for more philanthropic, 'putting something back into the sport' reasons. Principally the raison d'etre of their backing is not simply to fund Peyron's future multihull racing ambitions, but to give young and talented or just plain talented sailors the opportunity to turn their hand to new disciplines - although mainly offshore one would imagine - within our diverse sport. "20 years ago I was shocked that the new guys like us never get some help from the old guys," Peyron explains. "So I think it is our duty to optimise this side of our sport. The good news is Orange is sharing very much this concept and spirit and as soon as we set up the concept and philosophy then we just have to take the right decision at the right time. At the moment we are lucky enough to have the fastest sailing machine in the world - Orange II with a strong story between Orange I, Orange II and The Race and so on." How his new scheme will work exactly Peyron will decide after looking at the options over the course of the next year. It is still to be decided for example whether he will put a lot of people