Fuji breaking up

Disaster for race favourite Loick Peyron + 1100GMT positions

Wednesday November 13th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected
While he was sailing under bare poles on a starboard tack in very heavy seas and 45 knots of wind, Loïck Peyron noticed that Fujifilm's starboard float was broken in two, between the two crossbeams. "I noticed it half an hour ago" Peyron commented at 10:30 French time, "but I think it happened a few hours ago". Peyron is now trying to do all he can to save his new trimaran.

Disappointed, Loïck Peyron has only one thought in mind for the moment : "I have to bring my baby back home with the least damage possible, and in order to do so, I have a big day ahead of me. Since the float broke between the two crossbeams, the whole structure moves and I have to keep the mast in place.

"For the time being, I'll try to head towards Portugal, which will not be easy given the weather conditions surrounding me.

"The waves are 6 to 10 meters high, it's white everywhere, really beautiful… I have to remember my boy scout years for the repairs. The front part of the float is starting to tear up, it will be interesting to see where the crossbeams will break afterwards. I'll end up in a proa configuration, the important thing is preventing the mast from falling - impossible to escape downwind, but I have to hang up now, I really have things to take care of". Loïck now has to tackle very tricky repairs, and the conditions remain extremely difficult. He stays in contact with his shoreteam."

Fujifilm is Loick Peyron's new Nigel Irens design that was launched last year. She this year won the Courses des Phares offshore race and was favourite for winning this race.


Positions at 1100GMT 13 November 2002
Pos Boat name Skipper Lat Long Dist SOG COG
60ft tris
1 Sodebo Thomas Coville 43 53.16' N 15 29.70' W 2891 11.8 222
2 Fujifilm Loick Peyron 42 19.00' N 14 21.32' W 2923.1 4.6 212
3 Foncia Alain Gautier 42 38.32' N 13 56.36' W 2948.3 15.6 175
4 Géant Michel Desjoyeaux 44 14.52' N 13 42.12' W 2992 13.2 215
5 Banque Populaire Lalou Roucayrol 46 45.76' N 14 58.84' W 2997.5 5.4 245
6 Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm Marc Guillemot 45 00.00' N 13 49.36' W 3002.9 22.9 233
7 Sergio Tacchini Karine Fauconnier 44 23.24' N 12 59.56' W 3023.6 16 230
8 TechnoMarine Steve Ravussin 46 44.46' N 12 28.98' W 3070.5 13.9 239
9 Bonduelle Jean Le Cam 48 09.24' N 5 06.32' W 3403 12 244
10 Belgacom Jean-Luc Nélias 47 53.88' N 3 58.62' W 3442.9 0.1 270
11 Bayer CropSciences Frederic Le Peutrec 47 09.04' N 3 26.40' W 3453.5 13 246
ABD TIM Giovanni Soldini          
ABD Gitana X Lionel Lemonchois          
ABD Rexona Men Yvan Bourgnon          
ABD Groupama Franck Cammas          
ABD Eure&Loir-Lorénove Francis Joyon          
NL Sopra Group Philippe Monnet          
ABD Banque Covefi Bertrand deBroc          
Open 60s
1 Ecover Mike Golding 43 31.88' N 16 40.36' W 2851.5 12.9 213
2 Kingfisher Ellen McArthur 44 27.00' N 17 00.24' W 2864.8 15.6 224
3 Sill Roland Jourdain 42 23.00' N 15 12.04' W 2892.6 12.7 215
4 Arcelor-Dunkerque Joé Seten 46 15.80' N 14 52.20' W 2990.1 12 223
5 60ème Sud Didier Munduteguy 45 22.56' N 14 05.56' W 3000.3 11.7 215
6 Un Univers de Services Miranda Merron 46 24.36' N 13 08.52' W 3042.5 8.6 247
7 Virbac Jean Pierre Dick 43 51.68' N 11 42.64' W 3065.8 1.5 167
8 Garnier Belgium Patrick De Radiguès 42 52.20' N 10 54.72' W 3081.6 5.8 311
9 Temenos Dominique Wavre 45 31.72' N 11 48.60' W 3093.6 11.9 84
10 Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma Mike Birch 44 03.72' N 10 31.08' W 3118.6 3.7 288
11 Dinan Pays d'Entreprises Frédéric Lescot 44 22.96' N 10 33.08' W 3122.9 6 221
12 Ciments St Laurent-Ocean Georges Leblanc 44 29.44' N 8 31.48' W 3208 9.1 268
ABD VMI Sébastien Josse          
ABD La Rage de Vivre Loïck Pochet          
NL L'Heautontimoroumenos Antoine Koch          
NL Leasecom Elie Canivenc          
NL Millimages-Gédéon Patrick Favre          
Class 1 monohulls
1 Ville de Dinard Bruno Reibel 47 02.28' N 9 21.16' W 3219.2 1.1 169
ABD Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR Nicolas  Peitrequin          
Class 2 monohulls
1 Ashfield Healthcare Nick Moloney 47 09.08' N 13 35.48' W 3059 9.5 224
2 Florys Luc Coquelin 45 57.32' N 12 00.24' W 3094.5 10.2 245
3 Mille Visages Hervé Vachée 44 59.16' N 10 53.20' W 3120.2 10 244
4 Branec III Roger Langevin 48 30.04' N 12 26.12' W 3132.7 5.5 220
5 Adecco Etoile Horizon Bob Escoffier 45 49.76' N 9 55.28' W 3174.4 7.7 228
6 Laiterie St Malo Clément Surtel 48 51.32' N 10 44.64' W 3201.1 6.7 192
7 République Dominicaine Yannick Bestaven 47 44.56' N 3 21.16' W 3465.1 0 270
8 Défi Vendéen J. F. Durand 46 34.92' N 2 12.66' W 3503.2 9.8 116
ABD Apic A3S Christophe Huchet          
Class 3 monohulls
1 Storagetek Regis Guillemot 46 50.64' N 12 51.00' W 3076.8 7.7 228
2 Grain de Soleil Etienne Svilarich 49 14.72' N 11 55.84' W 3173.9 4.1 235
3 Passion Entreprendre Jérôme Thiriez 47 14.40' N 10 26.80' W 3183 2 209
4 Hellomoto Conrad Humphreys 47 54.36' N 7 39.66' W 3297 7.8 284
5 Fantasy-Forest Alain Grinda 48 43.14' N 3 57.90' W 3455.7 0.1 90
Class 2 multihulls
1 Crepes Whaou! F. Y. Escofier 44 08.80' N 16 00.72' W 2897.1 14.1 213
2 Yachting-casino.com Anne Cazeneuve 44 56.34' N 13 08.94' W 3016.9 11.8 238
3 Vaincre la mucoviscidose Hervé Cleris 43 45.66' N 12 10.32' W 3039 6.5 275
4 Archipel Guadeloupe Claude Thelier 41 40.12' N 9 48.08' W 3110 2.7 33
5 Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre P.Y. Guennec 44 56.68' N 7 58.16' W 3238.1 5.3 264
6 Groupe France Epargne Patrick Morvan 48 44.34' N 4 00.54' W 3454.2 0 0
ABD E-Sat Tri Sélectif Pascal Quintin          
ABD Chaleur Fioul Elan Didier Levillain          

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