Within a month of the official announcement last September that the America's Cup was to be raced aboard multihulls the Peyron brothers announced that they wanted to bring French know-how together to set up a challenge to win the America's Cup. This is exactly what they have now achieved.
The America's Cup has always been a challenge between yacht clubs. Loïck and Bruno Peyron will be benefiting from some prestigious support as the Yacht Club de France will be taking the Energy Team challenge to the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco.
Energy Team aims to be one of the most competitive Challengers starting at the Louis Vuitton Cup events. Energy Team's ambition is to do all it can to take part in the next two editions and to win the America's Cup.
Bruno is the project's general manager with Loïck the official skipper of the boats and will also be in charge of the Design Team.
To fulfil this ambition, Energy Team has signed an exclusive partnership with Multiplast, which is one of the international references in the world of multihull construction (Orange I and II, Groupama 3).
The construction of the first AC72 catamaran will begin on 1 September 2011 and will be done by Multiplast, with the launch planned for April 2012. Yann Penfornis, managing director of the yard, will be coordinating the AC 72 design and construction teams, under the supervision of Loïck Peyron.
To train and then to race, Energy Team will have at its disposal an impressive fleet of multihulls of all sizes, with seventeen in all available to them.
The Energy Team base will be set up on the Atlantic coast of France. It will include three centres, the Multiplast yard in Vannes, which will be the construction and technological development base, one in Lorient, which will be dedicated to the AC72 and G-Class catamarans and finally one in La Baule, which will be the main training centre for the squad and the operations centre for all the work with partners and the media.
The core members of the Racing Team are already in place and bring together a wealth of experience in four major areas that are vital for performance. They are:
Loïck Peyron - Skipper of the AC45 and AC72: six times F60 world champion, eight times F28 Trophy Champion winner.
Bruno Peyron - Eight times World Ocean records champion, skipper of the G Class, which will be the ambassador for Energy Team.
Yann Guichard - Helmsman with Loïck Peyron : Extreme 40 world number 2, Member of the French Olympic team,
Thierry Fouchier - Performance team, the only Frenchman to have won the America's Cup with BMW Oracle Racing aboard which he was the wing sail trimmer.
Jean-Christophe Mourniac - Performance team, member of the French Olympic team, one of the world's top five Tornado and F18 racers over the past ten years.
Yves Loday - Coach for young talent. Former member of the French Olympic team, he was Tornado gold medallist in Barcelona in 1992.
For more on the 34th America's Cup visit the official website here.