Tasman Sea, Australia 42º33’93″S 148º50’17″E
Southampton, England, United Kingdom, 50º46’59″N 1º19’20″W
Paul cayard as skipper of EF Language won the 1997/1998 Whitbread Round the World race. He beat out 10 other yachts for the prize over a course of 32,000 miles (51,500 km). This was remarkable as it was his first ever Whitbread and he also became the first ever American to win the event.
Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies 17º53’72″N 62º52’75″W
“A legend is born” – an early photo of Loïck Peyron at the helm of Lada Poch III training in Saint Barth in 1989 shortly before the 89-90 Vendée Globe. This premiere edition of the Vendée Globe was a very significant race for Loïck and would cement his place in history as one of the greatest offshore sailors of our time. After improbably righting a capsized Philippe Poupon onboard Fleury Michon X, in one of the most famous mid-race rescues to date, Loïck would finish a respectable 2nd place just behind Titouan Lamazou on Ecureuil d’Aquitaine II. His perfect example of clever seamanship in this notoriously gruelling ocean race was a small indication of great things to come for p’tit Loïck, the French Jedi Master of the Ocean.
Words: Fred Eagle
Atlantic Ocean, 34º11’56″N 38º32’13″W
2 x 100 mm guns
4 MM38 Exocet Missiles
2 – 30 mm guns
1 -305 mm anti-submarine mortar
6 – 550 mm torpedo tubes (2×3)
1 War (Iran-Irak War)
6 War Missions in the Persian Gulf
11 Rescue missions
2 Atlantic Ocean crossing
2 Indian Ocean crossing
2 Equator passages
1 Ariane Space Rocket launch
Countless mileage, time at sea and adventures.