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Loïck Peyron

Nespresso Cup Race Ambassador

Round the world sailor and America’s Cup finalist Loïck Peyron is undoubtedly the most emblematic skipper of the “French School” when it comes to offshore racing, but his humbling track record does not suffice to define this peerless character. Gifted with an amazing sixth sense at sea, Peyron is also a fantastic communicator and a great technician, having been one of the most important driving forces behind the evolution of modern multihulls. This unrivaled expertise naturally made him a much sought-after "asset" for the 33rd America's Cup, and it was not a surprise to see him helming Alinghi’s giant multihull in the 33rd America’s Cup final.

His CV displays five ORMA champion titles, four victories on the Round Europe Race – but most importantly three wins on the "English Transat" (solo across the Atlantic from the UK to the US), an incredible feat allowing Loïck to better the legendary Tabarly's score. Peyron has also clocked up an impressive amount of monohull miles, crossing the Atlantic solo for the first time at the age of 18 during the Mini Transat, and completing a the first ever Vendée Globe, during which he performed a daring rescue of Philippe Poupon.

At ease whatever the type of boat, he is an intuitive sailor, whose ability to sail in harmony with his machine and the elements has always impressed his rivals and teammates alike.  

As for the Nespresso Cup: “I always thought the Wally boats were really elegant and very interesting,” said Peyron. “I never sailed on them and I will really enjoy to be in Portofino for the Nespresso Cup. I think we are going to have a nice ‘casting’ of sailors with skippers and crew coming from different areas and culture like the America’s Cup, the Olympics or offshore. I also look forward to sharing some passion with the owners and crews because they all love these nice machines - we are going to spend a few fascinating days together.”

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Yachting: the Nespresso Cup 2010

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