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.”