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Le Breton Yachts Newsletter January 2015
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Dear fellow sailors and aficionados of performance sailing,

The team at Le Breton Yachts would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015. May you travel with joy, encounter following winds and leave smooth wakes.
 
Hugo Le Breton

SIG80 model
We have recently further optimised the SIG80 to become the new benchmark in luxury performance sailing. We have enlarged the cockpit, extended the bows slightly, and the interior now offers five double guest cabins and space (including a mess) for three crew.
 
I hope you’ll enjoy this animation of the yacht. It is so real that you can just imagine being aboard, diving into a warm sea for a swim after a day of sailing, having reached 28 knots with ease. Where do you think she is anchored? I think it is the Sea of Cortez...
 

For more information about the SIG80 click here or contact us!


SIG45 for charter in Greece and Croatia



This is the opportunity to experience the SIG45 in some of the most beautiful sailing waters in the world. The Le Breton Yachts SIG45 is now available for charter in the Greek Cyclades Islands.  Greece is a sailing paradise that combines mild sea and air temperatures with plenty of sunshine all year round. Predictable weather patterns offer a range of sailing conditions, from the mildness of the Ionian Sea or the Saronic Gulf to the excitement of the Aegean. The distances from island to island are rarely greater than 30nm, so ideal for island-hopping and daily changes of scenery. 13.500km of coastline with secluded coves, inviting gulfs, sheltered anchorages and unspoilt beaches in addition to numerous heritage sites, both ancient and medieval, make Greece one of the world´s greatest cruising areas.

For more information about chartering the SIG45 from her base in Lavrio in Greece click here to contact us or go to www.fastsailing.gr



A Sail Geek’s Guide | Loïck Peyron
After becoming acquainted with Bruno Peyron in our March 2014 newsletter, we now want to zoom in on his equally iconic yachtsman brother, Loïck Peyron. Loïck first became famous in the 1990s sailing his trimaran Fujicolor (See picture below). He won the ORMA Championship four times in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2002, the STAR Transatlantic Race three times, the Transat Jacques Vabre twice and he is the current Jules Verne Trophy holder.

In 2010, Loïck acted as advisor and occasional helmsman in the Swiss Alinghi team in the 33rd America's Cup. Alinghi were defeated by the American challenger BMW Oracle Racing, with their more powerful trimaran. Many argued afterwards that it was Oracle’s 70m tall solid wing that clinched victory, reducing both air drag and rig loads aboard the boat. That incredible machine reached just over 30 knots of speed in 10 knots of wind.

In early 2012 Loïck won the Jules Verne Trophy, circling the globe in an astonishing time of 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds, breaking Franck Cammas´ record by 2 days. This is 35 days faster than his brother’s first successful attempt in 1996 – an incredible leap in performance.  2014 was to bring a very different challenge: for some years, Loïck had wanted to do the mythical Route du Rhum (a solo race from Saint Malo to Guadeloupe) in an alternative way. He refitted a small yellow trimaran called 'Happy', designed by Walter Greene, a sister ship to Olympus Photo, which Canadian Mike Birch sailed to an enthralling victory in the first Route du Rhum in 1978. That little yellow trimaran's victory against Michel Malinowski aboard his giant monohull, with a difference of just 98 seconds separating the winner from his runner-up, has gone down in history. "To get these boats into shape shows a good example; to respect the past allows us to rethink the future".
 



But his plan turned out differently when he was asked to step in on Banque Populaire VII as relief skipper just weeks before the race, when original skipper Armel Le Cléac’h damaged his hand. The outcome was a fairytale result. Thirty two years after the first of his seven attempts on the Route du Rhum, he won it in a record time. The lone skipper of the 31.5m (103ft) trimaran Maxi Solo Banque Populaire VII completed the 3,542 miles course in 7 days 15 hours 8 minutes 32 seconds, beating the previous record by less than two hours. Loïck’s route resulted in him sailing 4,199NM at an average of 22.93kts. Alone.



In four years’ time, Loïck will be back to do the race in that little yellow trimaran of his. He will not be gunning for line honours for once...

For further information, please contact Le Breton Yachts via email, info@lebreton-yachts.com or telephone on +31 (0)655 838 06
Le Breton yachts
Sarphatipark 25 II
1073 CP Amsterdam
Netherlands

Telephone:
+44 7470 167544


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