Loïck Peyron has rejoined Artemis Racing for their campaign in the 35th America’s Cup, to be held in 2017.
When he was helmsman for Alinghi in the 2010 America’s Cup deed of gift match, he called himself the Swiss Army knife of the team. It seems he will play a similar role with Artemis, as a member of the design team, as backup helmsan and as technical coach for the sailing team.
Artemis helmsman Nathan Outteridge said, “To be able to tap into Loïck’s unrivalled experience of multihull sailing, and his connection not just with the sailors but with the designers as well, is a big skill to have within the team”. Loïck is one of the most experienced and successful multihull sailors in history, having crossed the Atlantic 48 times including eighteen single-handedly. He has an outstanding record of achievement: five ORMA champion titles, sixteen Grand Prix victories, three Single-handed Transatlantic Race victories and two victories in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 1999 and 2005. In 2011 he won the Barcelona World Race in a monohull, went on to win the Trophée SNSM, and then set the Round Britain and Ireland record aboard the Banque Populair V maxi-trimaran.
He currently holds the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest circumnavigation of the world in just 45 days with Banque Populaire V in 2012.
The 35th America’s Cup will be his third campaign: in 2010, Loïck was co-skipper of Alinghi, the Swiss challenge for the 33rd America’s Cup. Before joining Artemis Racing for the 34th America’s Cup, he was the skipper of Energy Team France in the 2011-12 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).
Artemis Racing team leader Iain Percy has said their goal is to build a team that can dominate the America’s Cup. Adding Loïck Peyron demonstrates that they are serious.