On 6th January 2012 at 22:14 UTC, Loïck Peyron entered the history books as he and thirteen 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.
Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V - Skipper : Loick Peyron
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 two days, 18 hours, one 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.
Joining Peyron as male nominees for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 are Ben Ainslie (GBR), Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS), Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) and Tom Slingsby (AUS).
The winners are selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), the national governing bodies for sailing around the world. The MNAs are now invited to vote for the male and female nominee they believe most deserves the Award.
The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards presentation and dinner, taking place on Tuesday 6 November 2012. The venue for the event is the Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland.
Each winner will be presented with the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy and a distinctive Rolex timepiece.
Loick Peyron WSOY profile
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards website