The future of big offshore multihulls

Bruno Peyron shares his views on the Jules Verne and plans for The Race 2
Perhaps it is no coincidence, but attention over Groupama 3’s Jules Verne Trophy attempt has seen Bruno Peyron re-emerge into the limelight with the announcement of his plans to stage ‘The Race 2’. Readers will remember that after The Race was run in 2001, Peyron tried to forge ahead with a repeat event, only for his plans to be scuppered when it went head to head with Tracy Edwards’ Oryx Quest. Now with the ‘G-Class’ of giant boats, which he conceived more than a decade ago, still as buoyant as ever, with Groupama 3’s success round the world and Banque Populaire’s phenomenal transatlantic record last year, so Peyron hopes this time he will have a more successful follow up to his non-stop race around the world for his ‘giants’. Jules Verne As the man who was the first to win the Jules Verne Trophy for sailing non-stop around the world in less than 80 days aboard Commodore Explorer back in 1993, and who has regained that record twice since, Peyron says he is happy for his record to have been broken. He hoped that Groupama would break his record “not by 10 days, but this is perfect for everyone. I was surprised. I thought it would happen before.” He is also pleased that this sets up Banque Populaire to make an attempt on the Jules Verne next winter, when the Groupama team will be focussing on the Volvo Ocean Race. So does he think big catamarans are still the way to go? “I have never been sure about it. The reason I chose the cat was because we had 25-30 years of experience in them and secondly because in tricky, dangerous situations in the Southern Ocean, I know that a big cat is a lot safer than a tri, and stronger. I like speed