Loïck Peyron, the newest member of Artemis Racing, has been brought in as a 'technical coach' to sail with the team over the coming weeks as it works up its AC72.
Peyron, a recent finalist for the ISAF Sailor of the Year award, has one of the most impressive resumes in world sailing, including
- 48 Atlantic Crossings (18 single-handed)
- 3-time OSTAR (solo, transatlantic race) winner
- Winner, Barcelona World Race
- Outright Around the World record of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes at an average speed of 19.75 knots
And in the last America's Cup he sailed with Alinghi on its giant 90-foot catamaran, which eventually lost the Match to BMW ORACLE Racing. It was at Alinghi where his nickname, the 'Swiss Army Knife' gained popularity, due to his versatility and wide range of abilities on board.
Fans of Peyron's Energy Team need not worry - he says the French team will continue to compete in the America's Cup World Series and remains focused on the future of the America's Cup.
In the video below, Peyron speaks about his role with Artemis Racing and how he can lubricate the team-building process.