One Less Lawyer, One More Sailor – Loïck Peyron Joins Alinghi

alinghi_launch_09bc_02153_pbigIn 2007, there were 12 America’s Cup teams. Say each one employed 100 people or so, that’s 1200 people who were gainfully employed by the running of the once great trophy event.

Today there are only 2 teams that matter, despite others trying to survive until after version 33. For the last couple of years, the 2 teams that are left have employed lawyers rather than sailors and it seems that the back-room strategists and war-gamers still hold sway if letters between the parties over the last few days are anything to go by.

Still – there are jobs for sailors who have the right skills and Loïck Peyron is certainly a skillful guy. So Alinghi have given him a job.

For those who want a reminder as to the 50 year old Frenchman’s CV – well amongst other things he has crossed the Atlantic 43 times; 18 single-handed, he has raced around the world twice, holds three Transat titles and two Transat Jacques Vabres.

In the Alinghi press release, Peyron says:

“In every sailor’s mind, the America’s Cup is part of life. I have been following it for many years and now to be working for a team like Alinghi makes me proud,” Peyron said, adding: “There is a tremendous amount of work for sure, but it’s a big challenge. An interesting strength of Alinghi is that it has a lot of knowledge from a lot of areas of the sport: monohulls, offshore sailing, multihulls; especially here in Switzerland. The way the team works is based on team spirit and the method works really well; they have proved it many times. Now like everybody here, I am impatient to go and sail on the lake to see the potential of this amazing machine.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper and four-time America’s Cup winner welcomes Peyron:

“We are looking forward to working with Loïck; he brings a lot of multihull experience – from both a design and sailing point of view – to a team that already has quite a bit of depth in this area of our sport. I think he will be an asset to this project and a good addition to the team.”