Philippe Péché (57)




Name Philippe Péché

Born January 7th 1961

Nationality French

Country of entry France

Philippe Péché is one of France’s leading sailors. This proud Breton has covered more than 300,000 miles racing everything from monohulls to giant multihulls. Péché, who has lived in Australia for the past 20 years but resides back in Britany, France, has twice won the Jules Verne Trophy with Bruno Peyron, completing the circumnavigation within 50 days. He has also sailed with other famous sailors including Eric Tabarly, Michel Desjoyeaux, Ellen MacArthur, Armel Le Cléac’h and Alain Gautier, and is the 8th French skipper to be sponsored by the Vendée based PRB masonary brand.

Philippe says of the GGR: “It is an amazing challenge and adventure that comes at just the right time for me.“




Name PRB
Type Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Rustler Yachts (UK)
LOA 35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL 26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam 11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft 5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement 16805 lbs / 7623 kgs
Sail area 693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

Philippe has bought the famous Rustler 36 Gollywobbler, which British yachtswoman Ann Fraser competed in the 1986 2-handed transatlantic race, and cruised from San Diego to Alaska and back. Renamed Grégal, a name shared on all his Father’s yachts, she underwent a complete refit during the 2016/17 winter and competed in several events during 2017, including the Spi Ouest-France Easter regatta and the Celtikup ocean triangle race between Lorient, Douarnenez, Falmouth and back to Lorient.

Philippe says that he learned a lot more about the boat and his own capabilities as a solo sailor during his 2,000 mile qualifying trial. “This was the first time I have sailed singlehanded and I fell into the rhythm very quickly. I stayed within the Bay of Biscay and tested the boat in varying conditions and different wind angles. I learned a lot about the yacht’s performance and how to live inside a small boat for an extended period.”
The yacht was renamed PRB in February 2018.

Skipper Updates

July 13th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe was the first to round the inshore mark and make the film drop at the southern tip of Lanzarote but not without loosing most of the lead that he had fought so hard for. He missed the turn and sailed seven miles past the mark before realising. He then had to beat back against the wind. The challenges of traditional navigation when fatigued dealt Philippe a cruel blow.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Philipe has driven his boat PRB hard to get to the front and reported this week that he would like to build a bigger buffer on Jean Luc. How much of a lead on Jean Luc is enough?
His weekly safety call was cut short almost as soon as it started with the wind increasing. We can imagine Philippe ending the call as the boat charged off and him racing on deck to tame the beast.
His focus on performance may have come at the cost of his navigation as he reported sailing over to a ship to read its name and call it for its position. In Philippe we can see the balancing act of priorities. How much can he sacrifice in one area to gain in another? This guy knows what is important to go fast and make miles.

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe took off on start day like a bull out of a gate

Philippe took off on start day like a bull out of a gate. He demonstrated great speed in light airs to lead the fleet on the first day. While he may have lost the poll position, he has maintained a position in the frontrunners, despite having cruised the beaches of north west Spain. Without roller furling he is working harder than many others in the fleet and reaping the benefits. Will he be able to keep this up for nine months?

May 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe Péché (FRA) sailed his Rustler 36 PRB to Les Sables d’Olonne at the end of April after an overnight trip from La Rochelle to test his new Beaufort self-steering system. “It was good – I’m very pleased with it.” He pronounced on arrival. Carpenters from sponsor PRB have since filled the forepeak of his yacht with foam buoyancy to provide additional safety in the event of a collision.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe Péché has been busy sailing his Rustler 36 PRB since her launch a month ago. His first trial sail was from La Trinite to Lorient with GGR Race Director Patrice Carpentier when the cold Spring weather confirmed the need for a heater to be fitted. Early attempts to complete his jury rig test were thwarted by a complete lack of wind on the day and he will now re-attempt to set up and complete the 10-mile triangular course test with his A-Frame system with the main mast in situ.
On April 7, Péché intends to sail solo to La Rochelle to replace the yacht’s 25-year-old self-steering system with a French-made Beaufort unit, then plans to base himself in Les Sables d’Olonne and take every opportunity to test all the new systems in rough weather conditions in the Bay of Biscay.

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