08
May 89

Lada Poch III

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

23
Mar 89

Kialoa III

Atlantic Ocean, 34º11’56″N 38º32’13″W

Ocean Atlantic crossing onboard the maxi Kialoa III from Saint Barthelemy French West Indies to Antibes France.

23
Oct 86

French Navy

Global

I did my military duty in the French Navy from October 1986 to July 1988 on the aviso-escorteur (sloop-escort) “Victor Schœlcher”
Hull Number: F725
Lenght: 300 feet
Crew: 140

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
34 Countries
14 Islands
42 Stopover
2 Atlantic Ocean crossing
2 Indian Ocean crossing
2 Equator passages
7 Storms
1 Ariane Space Rocket launch
2 Medals
Countless mileage, time at sea and adventures.