Eric Péron is one hell of a sailor, there is not any doubt about it. However he isn’t an enormous talker… No matter, we’re going anyway attempt to discover out extra! Textual content: Anne de Saint Périer
THE PRO SAILING TOUR welcomes this yr on its beginning line a newcomer who has worn out his pants on the benches of the Figaro class and the Volvo Ocean Race, simply that: it’s Eric Péron, who along with his staff Komilfo French Contact, affords me to go bananas within the harbor of Brest to attend his coaching for the pace runs of the second leg of the race. I do not know what an Ocean Fifty is, I do not know Eric Péron, I’ve by no means adopted the Professional Crusing Tour earlier than, however I’ve the impression that there is going to be a sensation on the half -key!
It’s a well-established 20 levels and as soon as once more the solar places a sparkle on the lifetime of the business port. However one thing tells me that you simply nonetheless must take an enormous sweater and a shawl. And I did effectively. Even in summer season, at 20 knots on a racing trimaran, it is winter. In an IMOCA we’re nonetheless partly sheltered from the wind by the hull. On the trampo of an Ocean Fifty, the wind blows all over the place and cools us twice as a lot: upwind and within the shade, it is Siberia!
First impression: this boat takes up plenty of house however it is extremely small! The cabin is tiny, it appears to be like like an airplane cockpit and Eric Péron doesn’t even sleep in a bunk however within the descent. Definitely to shock in an emergency, in case the boat offers him a “Jean-Pierre Dick*”. There are 5 of us on deck and I’ve by no means struggled a lot to place myself and transfer round on a ship. It’s nearly unimaginable to go from one facet to the opposite in security within the cockpit with out risking languidly embracing one of many 4 navigators.
CAUTION, THE BOOM IS VERY LOW…
I subsequently power myself, to protect their advantage, to stability on the rear beam, pondering of decreasing myself effectively (as a result of the increase is low sufficient to ship the pinnacle of a scatterbrained journalist of 1 meter fifty-eight) whereas taking care to not step on the trolley.
It have to be nice to sail solo on this boat! Though, when it rises out of the blue at 20 knots heading straight for the mole of the business port, you end up 5 meters above the water (top felt 50 meters), with the cheeks that bravo and 120 decibels of wind within the ears, we’re comfortable to have a good friend who’s close to the GV trolley to shock…
Properly shaken however utterly intoxicated by this sporty navigation in accelerated mode, I ask Eric Péron the questions that may let you know just a little extra concerning the man and his undertaking. And for the time being every part is occurring in Eric’s life: the sailor barely realizes that 2022 marks a turning level in his life.
Father for the primary time in eight weeks of a small Capucine, this yr he’s taking his first steps in multihulls aboard the trimaran with which he’ll have the ability to participate for the primary time in one of the legendary races in his eyes and eyes of many others, the legendary Route du Rhum. The arrivals in Guadeloupe of Florence Arthaud or Laurent Bourgnon on the wings of their big butterflies left of their wake childhood desires that he’s eager to reside massive.
His classmates have enjoyable calling him “the rookie”, and he will not be offended as a result of he is an effective participant and has confirmed his value on different unmissable occasions, by signing podiums on the Solitaire, AG2R or VOR with Dongfeng. Removed from being impressed by the colossal dimension of the challenges that await him, each on board and at residence, Eric takes issues one after the other, as they arrive, “with serenity”, and savors his happiness made attainable by the acquisition of a effectively thought-out boat (the previous Prince de Bretagne) and reassuring which, with a modest funds, permits him an formidable undertaking: the companion is not going to have to take a position so much to have the ability to play for the win.
It is not going to take extra for Eric and his boat French Contact to win the tender launched by the Komilfo community. The Rennes carpentry specialist is benefiting from the formidable public relations platform that’s the Ocean Fifty to have a good time the twenty years of its creation and rework the unlucky try of its first participation within the Route du Rhum in 2014, which led to abandonment.
Eric Péron additionally is aware of how fortunate he’s to have Bérénice on board, his shock child captain who navigates the household residence by means of the winds and tides of parenthood, and due to whom he can dedicate himself totally to his undertaking. , working from coaching to an interview, from 24 hours of solo racing to a bottle, with the identical agility he makes use of to go from one facet of his trimaran to the opposite.
He additionally trusts his Ocean Fifty which stands out among the many others within the class. There may be at all times some apprehension about taking the helm of those multihulls: “In comparison with a monohull, they’re fairly engaged helps, and even when the speeds are roughly related, there’s a completely different administration of the boat, as a result of they’ll capsize.
On the monohulls you are able to do numerous issues, however you’re much less prone to slip, you’re much less prone to dismast, it is a lot safer. However the truth that the boat is extra dedicated additionally makes the problem extra thrilling. Between reefing and danger taking, will probably be essential to determine on the spot, and it’s with a free spirit that Eric will have the ability to do it: “I’m nonetheless within the discovery section of the Ocean Fifty offshore, however I am crusing fairly assured as a result of everybody tells me so, my
boat is protected.
It has important sea clearance (with its massive floats it would not sink), so it frees my thoughts, and I additionally really feel that it is a bonus as a result of, for instance, solo, in a configuration the place the we are usually extra cautious, I can let go of the horses extra. This safety
frees me up and I inform myself that this can be a plus in comparison with the opposite rivals. »
The Professional Crusing Tour is her trial gallop, the Drheam Cup refined the running-in of the boat in July and in the beginning of November, the little Capucine might be 7 months previous and might be watching the beginning of her dream father’s first Route du Rhum. And maybe she is going to develop to the rhythm of the solo challenges across the Globe that he has in his sights: “What has pushed me since I used to be little is to go around the globe solo . If tomorrow I can do a Vendée Globe, a Saint-Exupéry trophy or each, I’ll!