Loick Peyron gets the big gig
Today at a press conference in Paris, Olivier Klein, CEO of the Commercial and Insurance Bank of BPCE Group, announced the appointment of Loïck Peyron as skipper of the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V. Peyron, from La Baule, a veteran of 42 Atlantic crossings and three round the worlds, will lead the crew aboard the largest ocean racing trimaran ever built on the next bank’s next attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. Within the Team Banque Populaire, led by Ronan Lucas, Peyron joins Jeanne Grégoire and Armel Le Cléac'h.
Owner of the Maxi Banque Populaire V, a Figaro Bénéteau and a 60-foot monohull, Official Partner of the French Sailing Federation, the French Sailing Olympic Team, of Eric Tabarly Association and of the CNOSF, Banque Populaire is "fully into sailing" and heads for 2012, reaffirming its performance objective. After having designated Armel Le Cléac'h to helm the team's new monohull in the next Vendée Globe, so Peyron will take the helm of the team's maxi multihull for their attempt on the non-stop fully crewed round the world record.
Loick Peyron, with impressive credentials on all types of boats. He is a multihull specialist who has developed numerous boats of this type. He was skipper the maxi multihull Innovation Explorer, to second place in The Racein 2001.
Peyron is a perfect ambassador for the Banque Populaire’s values: Enterprising, intelligent, audacious and always ready to face new challenges, he is also one of the most popular sportsmen in France.
Olivier Klein, CEO of the Commercial and Insurance Bank of BPCE Group, during the press conference, stressed the consistency in the selection Loïck Peyron. "The Maxi Banque Populaire V is an illustration of the credo that animates Banques Populaire: confidence in the willingness of men to reach their full potential through their projects and work, through their desire to excel, their personal commitment, as their team spirit. Every day in our regions, Banques Populaire accompanies daring and enterprising people to make their desire to act a reality. This project also demonstrates the taste of the bank for challenges. Loick Peyron, through his exceptional career and his appreciation of challenges seemed the perfect candidate to lead this ship that is so emblematic of our company."
Loick Peyron said: "I am very pleased and honoured by the confidence that Banque Populaire has in me. And also aware of the enormous burden and the high liability represented by the Jules Verne Trophy. It's also great, a difficult challenge to overcome, but if there is something that I know how to do, is to adapt myself. For the human parts and the mechanical aspects, there is a great team around and everything seems well established. I now have to use this tools already created and manage them, it still remains a heavy load.
"On the Maxi Banque Populaire V, everything seems to have been nicely done and from the outside, I had a good feeling about the boat's potential. She has already proven it with the first nice records which are the North-Atlantic crossing, the 24h record and the Mediterranean, and has got everything to beat the Jules Trophy Verne. The almost entire program has been achieved, this boat holds, and for a long time, the most beautiful records. The Jules Verne only remains! We hope to have some chance on the weather as it is now what prevails on this record. One attitude of today’s records hunters is knowing that it can sometimes take several attempts.
"About the crew, it a priori turns out that there is no reason change anything, except for some downtime of some of them. Having the experience of the boat and of records is a benefit when getting into a team already in place."
For Peyron the next weeks will be dedicated to training, from her home port of Lorient. Then over 17-21 June the maxi tri will take part in the Record SNSM followed by the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. Then will be the time to prepare for the Jules Verne Trophy with a standby period set for early November 2011.