“ Unfortunately I can not continue into the wind, so for the moment I am proceeding to Quiberon. Loïck.”
Today Loïck Peyron, skipper of Pen Duick II, informed The Transat bakerly Race Management that his nostalgic voyage from Plymouth to New York had come to an end following damage to his staysail, that he can no longer use.
Peyron reported, “Unfortunately I can not continue into the wind, so for the moment I am proceeding to Quiberon (in France). Loïck.”
Strong winds and crashing waves have played havoc with The Transat bakerly racing fleet over recent days, and Peyron’s recently restored vintage wooden ketch is the latest boat to feel the wrath of the North Atlantic.
Sailing over 3,050nm “the old way” as a tribute to the achievements of double Transat winner Eric Tabarly and sailing legend Mike Birch, triple Transat winner Peyron will now divert to Quiberon l’Ecole Nationale de Voile (ENVSN) midway through his voyage.
This downwind delivery back to Quiberon, where Pen Duick II has been owned and used as part of the sailing school for nearly 50 years, should take the skipper around 10 days to complete.