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Bruno Peyron : "We’ll also be trying to win the dual with Olivier de Kersauson"

vendredi 8 février 2002Christophe Guigueno

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When the catamaran was sailing away from Brest Brest #brest for mast trials, Bruno Peyron was answering to few questions in Paris during a special press show.

Bruno Peyron : "Whilst in 1993 it was a case of setting out into the unknown round the world, we now know a little more about where were treading and the technology has somewhat evolved with these maxi-catamarans. So our ambitions are a little different...".

The ambitions... "Of course we’ll be doing everything possible to succeed, which is not as easy as it sounds ! We’ll also be trying to win the dual with Olivier de Kersauson and Geronimo, because it’s going to be a very interesting clash between two totally different boats. And, of course, we’ll be doing everything possible to bring the record Record #sailingrecord time down".

How... "To achieve this, we’ve done a lot of work to improve the reliability of the boat and certain of its elements, and we have gathered together a team with great human qualities capable of understanding the objectives. It is made up of thirteen men, including myself, and accumulating four or five participations in the America’s Cups, four or five Whitbreads, three Jules Vernes, a good twenty Figaros and six or seven Mini-Transats... In short, a superb team with very varied experiences !"

The duel with Geronimo... "It is more than ever likely... It’s still possible that we’ll be setting off together. Geronimo’s mast should be delivered around 15th and the boat could sail three or four days later !"

The coming week... "There is a possible small weather window we’re keeping a close eye on, and that’s why, from the beginning of next week, we’ll be on standby, ready to start. If it evolves correctly, we’ll be obliged to take it, otherwise we’ll start with Geronimo !"

Quotes from Pierrick Garenne for Orange

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