Posts tagged champion

Jul 15

Sensation Ocean

Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France 47º36’48″N 03º22'28″W

With Alain Gautier on board the Orma 60 Sensation Ocean, Lorient, Brittany, France.

With Alain Gautier on board the trimaran Sensation Ocean, ORMA 60’ ( Ex: Foncia ).

Photo assignment for Sensation Ocean.

Sep 13

Loïck Peyron Moth Mach 2

Le Pouliguen, France 47º15’45″N 2º24’53″W

The legendary French multihull specialists, Loick Peyron at home. Time to go back training!
Loick Peyron at home in preparation for the 2013 Moth World Championships.

Jun 13

Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France 43º17’30″N 5º21’15″E

The Cercle des nageurs de Marseille is part of the French swimming history, one of the world's best swimming team, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.The Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille is part of the French swimming history, one of the World’s best swimming team.

“The water is your friend… don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move”.
Alexandr Popov

Feb 12

When snow meets water

Saint Gervais les Bains, Haute-Savoie, France 45º53’31″N 6º42’87″E

What happens when 16 sailors meet 16 mountaineers? They talk about adventures, sailing, mountains, girls, weather, the Earth, elements, technology…

That’s what happenend last week in St Gervais, France during the 21st Mer Montagne Trophy, a traditional meeting between sailors and mountaineers. This amical event was created 20 years ago by former maxi-multihull and Whitbread skipper, Eric Loizeau. After three round the world races and numerous transats culminating in his skippers the maxi-cat Roger & Gallet, Loizeau turned his back on the sea and became a mountain man. He went to the top of the world, scaling Mount Everest. Then he wanted these worlds of water, ice and salt, to share their passions and hence the Trophy Mer Montagne was born.

Over four days the competitors enjoy several sporting challenges; ski touring (where you have to get to the top of the mountain using only your muscles and your sweat), biathlon (shooting & skiing), slalom, transtation and a ski race (ski touring by night). A torchlight ski session also happened, but for the rest, what happens in St. Gervais stays in St Gervais!

Some of the best sailors were there, including ORMA skipper Yvan Bourgnon recently returned from rounding Cap Horn in a beach multihull, Fred Le Peutrec who just finished completed the Jules Verne Trophy on Banque Populaire, MACIF IMOCA 60 skipper François Gabart the young gun competing in the next Vendée Globe and Steve Ravussin who is preparing for a big season on his MOD 70 Race For Water.

If some sailors are good skiers, other are rookies. But the goal is not solely to win this amical event but also to make friends with the mountain men and women, to discover and share their passion as often mountaineers invite sailors to discover their world and vice et versa. Like Aurélien Ducros (2 times FreeRide World Champion) who competed in the last Mini-Transat, or some Mountain Guides who invited sailors to share a ride to the top of the Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Europe.

All of these stars also enjoyed a conference from Race for Water, a foundation who are trying to explain to the human race the fragility of our water resources and how to preserve them. Salt water and ice, everybody is concerned.

Christopher Pratt wins the 21st Mer Montagne Trophy.

Words: Gilles Morelle

May 11

CClass Patient Lady VI

Saint Pierre Quiberon, Brittany, France 47º30’62″N 3º07’74″W

Restoration of the 26 year old C Class Catamaran Patient Lady VI under the auspice of Benjamin Muyl, Herve Penformis, Axel de Beaufort and Sam Thomas at the Ecole Nationale de Voile, Saint Pierre Quiberon.
Patient Lady VI was “given” to Benjamin Muy from Fred Eaton for 1 symbolic dollar, it ‘s actually the only C Class in continental Europe (Invictus is in the UK)

May 11

Golf Course Au Large • Le Proatype putter by Loïck Peyron and Fred Eagle

Le Pouliguen, Brittany, France 47º15’22″N 2º25’45″W

# English
In 2006 I was head of the graphic design department for a custom golf equipment manufacturer in the US, working from home and looking at putters all day. every day. My house is on the waterfront and so I also look at boats out the window while I am working. every day. So, I guess it was bound to happen. My creative subconscious mind naturally twisting my daily visuals and attempting to create something new with the information. While I was practicing my short game in my yard one afternoon, It hit me hard. A future-forward club design that would marry the sport of golf with the sport of sailing. Land with Sea. Fuse the two legendary pastimes into a lethal precision sporting device. Great. Seeking advice from the only expert I knew in the field, I asked the French multihull specialist Loïck Peyron: Hey, what do you think about a multihull putter, mate? Hmmm …A catamaran for the golf course? Yes. Ees good. Let’s do it dude.
We collaborated on design concepts, and Loïck nailed it with his conceptual renderings of his assymetrical catamaran or proa design. (prao in French). It was a perfect look, sexy and stealth, and a bit from left- field. After some nice CAD work from Loïck, and multiple hours of detailing in a tiny Northwest garage, the Proatype was born. A glamourous child of salt water, cigarettes, sweat and steel.
The Proatype is a one-of-a-kind prototype putter, hand milled from aluminum, german stainless steel, and tungsten. She is shafted on a Fujikura PT-110 prototype carbon putter shaft and gripped with a white suede Gripmaster Barramundi grip. Length is 34″ and weight is 370g. She is a true original. While multicultural; and a symbiotic puzzle of European innovation, Japanese technology, Australian experience, and California cool, with Monsieur Peyron sitting proudly at the helm of the drafting table, The Proatype is most definitely a French boat. And with just the right amount of Yankee crew much like other successful multihull campaigns in recent memory. Then perhaps we have a new French American multihull classic? For the golf bag? Well, sure. Put on your visor and spiked shoes. Let’s sail a round.
In 2009, Loïck showcased our putter concept for the BMW Modern Spirits event in Paris, a global celebration organized around the unveiling of the BMW Series 5 Gran Turismo. The iconic theme of Modern-Spirits being “When is the last time, you experienced something for the first time?”, Very fitting, no? The Proatype was the epitome of the theme that evening, and she reveled in her first taste of celebrity. Since that weekend in Paris, she has been known to dissappear, sailing into the night into the uncharted courses of Le Pouliguen without assistance, only to return when least expected, but most desired.
Our sexy and mysterious Proatype putter arrived front and center earlier this month when my good friend Christophe Launay and his bag of photo trickery spent the weekend with Loïck, his brother Bruno, and Shirley Robertson, tooling around La Baule on A Class catamarans. Here are some photos snapped at Loïck’s home of the little Master puttering around with the Proatype. And yes, I know. The incredible purple shoes, you ask? Those are Loïck Peyron Emling specials, of course.
A big thanks to Christophe and Lolo for launching the putter for the impromptu backyard photo session. We will see her again soon you know. I am ironing my plaid pants and argyle socks to wear in November. Bring your wide-angle lens.
Stay tuned for more from this little story, the multihull putter project which began in 2006, will see a dramatic rebirth in 2012. The LPFE multihull putter designs are each more striking than the next, exhibiting fluid abstract lines, a vision of artistic elegance that maintains it’s prime inherent utilitarian purpose: to sink putts.
Words: Fred Eagle

# Français
En 2006 j’étais en charge du département de design pour un équipementier de golf aux Etats Unis, travaillant à la maison et regardant des putters tous les jours.
Ma maison étant située en face d’une vaste étendue d’eau douce navigable, j’observais souvent les bateaux passer au loin tout en travaillant, je suppose que j’étais pré destiné à me rapprocher d’une manière ou d’une autre de la mer. Mon subconscient créatif utilisait naturellement mes visions quotidiennes et essayait de produire de nouvelles œuvres avec ces suggestions nautiques.
Alors que je m’entrainais à jouer au golf dans ma cour un après midi, l’idée m’est venue brutalement.
Un putter au design futuriste qui marierait élégamment la voile et le golf mais surtout la Terre et la Mer. Le résultat serait une fusion de ces deux légendaires passions dans un équipement sportif d’une précision inouïe. Génial et radical.
Cherchant l’avis de l’unique expert que je connaissais dans le domaine de la voile, j’ai demandé au spécialiste français du multicoque Loïck Peyron : Hé mec, que penses-tu d’un putter multicoque ? Hmmmm … un catamaran naviguant sur un terrain de golf ? Oui ! Excellente idée ! Commençons dès à présent mon gars !
Nous avons étroitement collaboré sur le design du concept, et Loïck l’a peaufiné de ces interprétations conceptuelles issues des catamarans asymétriques et des praos. C’était un look parfait, sexy et furtif, avec une pointe d’anticonformisme. Après de belles esquisses CAD de Loïck, et de nombreuses heures de travail minutieux dans le fond d’un garage du Nord Ouest US, le Proatype était né. Un merveilleux enfant conçu à base d’un doux mélange de sel, d’eau, de cigarettes, de sueur et de métal.
Le Proatype est un concept unique de putter, alliant aluminium poli à la main, acier inoxydable allemand et tungstène. Il est fixé sur un prototype de shaft carbone Fujikura PT-110 , avec un grip blanc suédois Gripmaster Barramundi. Long de 86 cms et pesant 370g, c’est une véritable œuvre d’art. Bien que multiculturel et symbiotique casse-tête mêlant savamment l’innovation européenne, la technologie japonaise, l’expérience australienne et le « cool » de la Californie, le Proatype est définitivement un navire français, avec Monsieur Peyron assis fièrement aux commandes de la table à dessin. Ayant juste le bon nombre d’équipiers Yankee tout comme d’autres campagnes récentes et fructueuses en multicoques, peut être avons-nous la recette d’un nouveau multicoque Franco-américain ? Prenez donc votre sac de golf ! Mettez donc votre visière, vos chaussures à crampons et allons naviguer !
En 2009 Loïck présentait notre concept de putter aux BMW Modern Spirits de Paris, un événement organisé autour de la présentation des Series 5 Gran Turismo de BMW. La question centrale de ces Modern-Spirits était « Quelle est la dernière fois que vous vécu quelque chose pour la première fois ? » plutôt approprié n’est ce pas ? Ce soir là, le Proatype était l’incarnation de cet axiome et se délectait de cet avant gout de célébrité. Il a ensuite disparu après son périple parisien, navigant sans assistance et de nuit dans les practices non cartographiés de la région du Pouliguen, ne revenant que pour satisfaire notre bonheur, alors que nous l’attendions plus.
Le mystérieux Proatype a réapparu au début du mois lorsque mon ami Christophe Launay et son sac de malices photographiques ont passé un weekend avec Loïck, son frère Bruno et Shirley Robertson qui naviguaient dans les eaux bauloises sur des catamarans Class A.
Voici quelques photos prises dans la maison de Loïck, ou l’on peut apercevoir le « little Master » maniant délicatement le Proatype. Quelles sont ses incroyables chaussures violettes ? Bien évidemment la collection de chaussures Emling signée … Loïck Peyron!
Un grand merci à Christophe et Lolo pour le lancement impromptu de ce putter et la session photo d’arrière cour. Nous allons le revoir bientôt et vous le savez bien ! Je suis en train de repasser mon pantalon à carreaux et les chaussettes jacquard que je porterais en Novembre ! N’oubliez pas de prendre votre objectif grand angle.
Restez en contact pour en savoir un peu plus sur cette petite histoire, sur le projet de putter multicoque et sa renaissance dramatique en 2012. Les designs de putter LPFE multicoques sont chacun plus époustouflants les uns que les autres, présentant des lignes fluides et abstraites, une vision de l’élégance artistique qui soutient le résultat inhérent a son but premier : faire couler des putters (to sink putts)
Mots: Fred Eagle

Apr 11

A Class, Loïck and Bruno Peyron

Le Pouliguen, Brittany, France 47º16’38″N 2º24’18″W

“Multihull sailing legends Loïck and Bruno Peyron of Energy Team France enjoy an A Class catamaran session on their home bay of La Baule in preparation for their Challenge for the 34th America’s Cup”.

Mar 10

Surf Boat

Manly, New South Wales, Australia 33º47’80″S 151º17’41″E

A surfboat is an oar-driven boat designed to enter the ocean from the beach in heavy surf or severe waves. It is often used in life saving or rescue missions where the most expedient access to victims is directly from the beach. 

Mar 10

Paddle Board

New South Wales, Australia 33º47’63″S 151º17’86″E

Paddle Board training at Manly Beach.

May 09

Lauryn Eagle

Manly, New South Whales, Australia 33º48’57″S 151º16’33″E

Lauryn Eagle attempted to be the first female to water ski continuously from Sydney to Newcastle and back in a record time of under three and a half hours.
Lauryn Eagle is an Australian water ski champion, stunning model (Miss Teen Australia 2004, miss Teen International 2004), Foxtel presenter and social and community entrepreneur.