2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race
18 Apr 15
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) carry a seven-point advantage into the start of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday, but their team are taking nothing for granted.
Volvo Ocean Race
|Date of Birth||1 December 1959|
|Place of Birth||Nantes, France|
|Class sailed||Various - offshore|
|Website||www.loickpeyron.com Click here to view Photo Gallery|
On 6 January 2012 at 22:14 UTC Loïck Peyron entered the history books as he and 13 crew aboard the 40m maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V smashed the Outright Around the World Record to become the fastest men around the planet.
Their target was to sail the 21,600 miles in less than 48 days, an impressive record set by Franck Cammas and Groupama 3 in 2010.
Battling the conditions and keeping up the pace was energy-sapping but having clocked up 29,002 miles at an average of 26.51 knots they crossed the line in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds. In doing so Peyron and his crew shattered the previous record by a staggering 2 days, 18 hours, 1 minute and 59 seconds to claim the Jules Verne Trophy.
With the wind gods playing ball in their Jules Verne Trophy quest the team also set two new intermediate records for Equator to Equator at 32d 11h 52m and the Indian Ocean record at 8d, 7h 23m.
Loïck Peyron is amongst the most decorated offshore sailors of all time with his success spanning single handed, two person and crewed ocean racing right through to the America's Cup.
Record: Outright Around the World
Elapsed Time: 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds
Distance : 21600 NM
Average Speed : 19:75 kts
22 November 2011 to 6 January 2012.