Wednesday, February 9, 2011

America's Cup 34 - Energy Team (Awesome Name!)

The team that the Yacht Club de France is backing (about which I blogged earlier) is called the Energy Team. I have found some information on the team and their core members. 

By the way, a little trivia for you, the Yacht Club de France was founded on June 15th 1867 under the patronage of Emperor Napoleon III. They also claim to be one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in France and count Jules Verne among their members. And yes, that is the Jules Verne that Google paid tribute to yesterday, February 8th for his 183rd birthday.

Core Energy Team Members

Loïck Peyron (Skipper of the AC45 and AC72): 6 times F60 world champion, 8 times F28 Trophy Champion winner

Bruno Peyron: 8 times world ocean records champion, skipper of the G Class, which will be the ambassador for Energy Team

Yann Guichard (helmsman with Loïck Peyron): Extreme 40 world number 2, Member of the French Olympic team

Thierry Fouchier: performance team, the only Frenchman to have won the America’s Cup with BMW Oracle Racing aboard which he was the wing sail trimmer.

Jean-Christophe Mourniac: performance team, member of the French Olympic team, one of the world’s top 5 Tornado and F18 racers over the past ten years.

Yves Loday: coach for young talent. Former member of the French Olympic team, he was Tornado gold medallist in Barcelona in 1992. He will be joining the team to prepare the "Youth America's Cup" that the American Defender is launching.
(with most of this info coming from

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