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Loïck Peyron confesses his sadness at the death of the first winner of the Route du Rhum

Loïck Peyron confesses his sadness at the death of the first winner of the Route du Rhum

Loïck Peyron entrusts the Figaro her excitement after the death of the man who was her mentor in the water.

Among the great French sailors who have marked the history of their sport, Loïck Peyron is the closest to Mike Birch. And this Wednesday at the announcement of the death of the Canadian sailor who won the first edition of the Route du rhumentrusts his emotion to Figaro : « When we lose someone important, we inevitably feel sad. Mike has been a big part of my life. And I only have good memories with him “…

It all started between them after the legendary 1978 Route du Rhum which saw Mike Birch’s small yellow Olympus trimaran reach and then overtake Michel Malinowski’s massive monohull winning by 98 seconds and launching the Route du Rhum legend. ” In 1978 I was at the start but I didn’t know Mike and nobody knew him, recalls Loïck Peyron. Upon arrival, 23 days later, everyone knows him and I still don’t. He had done an extraordinary regatta, because he wasn’t the favorite and he didn’t have the fastest boat, on the contrary …

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