Incredibly, this was Loïck’s 49th Atlantic crossing and 18th solo voyage. He is already the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy for fastest lap of the planet and this is his seventh win in various shorthanded Atlantic races.
“I never imagined that I would win a Route du Rhum on a boat like this,” Peyron said at the finish.
“A race like this is never simple and that is what is so exciting and incredible about it. It is also very stressful for the boat to withstand such high speeds in bad seas. I was able to sail the boat well but was scared. This is what the multihull game is all about. You have to constantly manage the boat. One night I fell asleep at the helm and nearly capsized the boat. This is a great victory; possibly one of the nicest and breaking the record is the cherry on top of the cake.”
Loïck was a last minute substitution for the race, agreeing to fill in for the injured Armel Le Cléac’h. “This is an exceptional situation, to stand in for Armel and to be able to skipper such a beautiful boat. This victory is thanks to Team Banque Populaire, as a whole team we did this“.
Iain Percy, Artemis Racing Team Manager, commented: “Loïck is one of the legend’s of our sport and it is a real privilege to have his experience, passion, drive and determination pushing us forwards everyday. This victory adds to an already incredible list of achievements, and we all look forward to congratulating him and hearing about this fantastic performance, at Artemis Racing’s base in San Francisco in a few days. As always, I’m sure he will have some brilliant stories to tell!“.