Peyron wins Musto Trophy

Gitana Eighty first to pass Newfoundland gate

Wednesday May 21st 2008, Author: Brian Pilcher, Location: United Kingdom
After rescuing Vincent Riou when PRB was disabled by colliding with a basking shark , Loick Peyron on Gitana Eighty stormed on, taking the Musto Newfoundland Trophy for the first boat to reach the Race Gate at 2242 GMT on 20 May.

Nigel Musto commented: “Peyron has sailed a great race so far and fully deserves this recognition of his achievement to be first to cross the Musto Gate. But our sympathies must lie with Vincent Riou, whose misfortune cost him the Trophy – and perhaps the race.”

Peyron is twice winner of this classic event and now looks well placed for a third victory as he races towards the Boston finish line, where he will receive the handsome stainless steel sculpture at next Wednesday’s prize-giving ceremony.

The strong head winds on days five and six of the race called for foul weather clothing systems designed to withstand constant water flying across the decks, driven by 40 knot apparent winds, Musto HPX clothing, selected by extreme ocean racing sailors, proved once again its outstanding performance in the severe conditions. Apart from ‘sharing’ Gitana Eighty for the rest of the trip, Peyron and Riou have something else in common – an enthusiasm for Musto HPX.

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