Peyron wins in record time

A DOUBLE new record for multihulls in the Fastnet Race was set by the French skipper Loick Peyron in the 60-foot trimaran Fujicolor yesterday. He completed the 610-mile course from Cowes, round the rock on the south- west tip of Ireland and back to the breakwater at Plymouth, in 40 hours 27 minutes, 41 minutes ahead of his fellow- Frenchman Alain Gautier in another 60ft tri, Broceliande II.

Peyron's time set the definitive record for the same course raced by all the monohull classes, and beat by over three and a half hours the time set in 1997 by Laurent Bourgnon's Primagaz over a course with a dog-leg to Cherbourg which totalled 620 miles.

About eight hours behind, Ellen MacArthur, with Bourgnon and brother Yvan on the renamed Kingfisher, could only watch in frustration after an earlier becalming. She was due to arrive late last night with the first maxis not far behind.

The one designs in the Adecco World Championship were being led by New Zealand's Ross Field, and this group was ahead of the other four maxis. Jim Dolan's Sagamore was less than two minutes ahead of George Coumantaros' Boomerang, another 12 minutes ahead of Alberto Roemmers' Alexia and an hour ahead of Ted Turner and Larry Ellison on Sayonara.

After some lulls in the wind overnight, the watchers in the lighthouse had a busy breakfast as the leading 60s, both Whitbread and Open, also made the turn for home. The German team illbruck, with John Kostecki continuing the relentless build-up for the 2001 Volvo Ocean Race, had a handy hour over the Belgian syndicate Yess, with Grant Dalton as guest skipper on his old boat. Well ahead in the Open 60s was France's Catherine Chabaud, with Mike Golding's Group 4 two hours behind.

The rest of the 215 starters were spread from Land's End across the Celtic Sea and will be finishing up to Thursday. Peyron and Gautier, who had Isabelle Autissier among the crew, were planning to be back in France for dinner last night.

Peyron was jubilant after what at times had been an exhilarating run. His 1990, Nigel Irens-designed tri has won every major event it has contested this season, two grands prix, a Europe race and now the Fastnet. "So it's been a good first half to the season," he said.

However, Peyron had to push hard at times to beat Gautier and had been helped by Broceliande having to lower its mainsail on the way to the rock to mend, with aluminium tube, two broken battens.

Peyron was three minutes behind at Fastnet ad decided to "push all the panic buttons. The speedometer needle was so far round it was in the glovebox," he said.

The tri reached speeds of 28 to 30 knots in winds gusting up to 35 knots and contributed to a race average of just over 15 knots.

Voices
voices
News
general electionThis quiz matches undecided voters with the best party for them
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen starred in the big screen adaptation of Austen's novel in 2005
tvStar says studios are forcing actors to get buff for period roles
News
Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on 2 May 2015.
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey/ South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey / South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Recruitment Consultant / Account Manager - Surrey / SW London

£40000 per annum + realistic targets: Ashdown Group: A thriving recruitment co...

Ashdown Group: Part-time Payroll Officer - Yorkshire - Professional Services

£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful professional services firm is lo...

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before