OUT 2018

Philippe Péché (60)




Name Philippe Péché

Born January 7th 1961

Nationality French

Country of entry France

Race GGR 2018

Boat Class Suhaili

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.“


Boat [Suhaili]


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

August 25th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe Péché retired part 1

GGR stops for Philippe Peche at the CAPE on saturday 25/08/18 midday! About the damage:? “I had made a rescue bar, then I had to make a second repair on my windvane this time with other materials. Everything was very shaky. To be honest, it seemed very complicated to go into the Southern Ocean like that. Then the tiller broke. It opened like a tin can! I never thought my race could stop like this. When I knew that the organization was declassifying me in Chichester for the call to my companion, I was obviously in disagreement. After studying all the possibilities, I told myself that I was forced to stop. From there, anyway, for me it was clear, I did not want to continue.About his race?:”I was very happy with my start of the race. I had a lot of fun.”About the last 15 days of sailing to Cape Town ? “I do not want, ever, to relive these last 15 days! It was very hard.”

August 25th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe Péché retired part 2

On Loneliness? “As long as I was racing, loneliness did not weigh me too much.”About the lessons learned from these 55 days of racing ? “I understood one thing quickly … The old ones, those of the first edition, did not push their boats. While there, with VDH and Mark Slats in particular, we were really racing. And probably one of my mistakes is not having shipped more hardware to repair.”About retiring? “It is inconceivable for me to continue the race to leave Cape Town two weeks after VDH, It’s very hard. It stops way too fast. What interests me is to push the boat to its potential! To preserve the boats, it is necessary to walk to 50% of the polar. We talked to each other every day with VDH, very close during the race, we decided to do the Indian Ocean together. I know that my abandonment has saddened him. I wish him good road and all the competitors! “

August 12th 2018 12:00 AM

This morning Philippe was able to salvage parts from the broken tiller and make a short 1mtr tiller that allows him to steer with difficulty ( as too short) but importantly lash the tiller when needed. He has no wind-vane self steering, so is steering by balancing the sails if not struggling on the helm.Today he had no mainsail up and only a small staysail traveling at 3.5 kts with a westerly wind behind him pushing him toward Cape Town. He will stop there for repairs and consider his options. It will take between 15-20 days. Soon the wind will swing 180 degress and come from ahead so progress may be slow.

August 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe’s Beaufort wind-vane steering arm Snapped off in exactly the same way as NABIL’s making it inoperable a few days ago. To make a temporary repair Philippe used a piece of SS tube that he carried onboard incase his ships tiller ever broke…that wind-vane repair was unsuccessful . Then last night his Custom build Stainless Steel telescopic racing tiller he fitted to his Rustler 36 during refit for the GGR, snapped 20 out from the rudder.

August 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe still in pole position on the tracker with an average speed of 6/7 knots continues on his progression to the south with more than 100 miles a day. But PRB route is slightly eastward compared to MATMUT, he remains 2d in overall ranking, about 30 miles behind his compatriot Jean-Luc VDH . He mentions yesterday some ” Windvane problem, on repair” but he has confirmed this morning by text message “Windvane repaired fixed good to work”. And he is back on track !

August 7th 2018 12:00 AM

A little shifted in his west, less than 30 miles away this morning, PHILIPPE PECHE “IS CHASING THE OLD BLOKE”, with great respect, humor (Australian ) and probably a little annoyance… Think! At 73, the dean of the fleet imposes a strong cadence since the start of the race, after “only” 36 days of racing … The two leaders, in daily communication on the radio live the race on trade winds rhythm, which should accelerate in a few days. Philippe reports this morning to be in high spirit, in a sunny mood, less than 2000 miles from the Cape, and that he will have to climb up the mast soon, because a “bolt /eyelet screwed” detached from the mast while he was taking a reef off the mainsail just before giving us his weekly call.

August 1st 2018 12:00 AM

After a month of leadership, PHILIPPE PECHE got his first place stolen this morning! Faster in recent days and closer to the direct route to the Cape of Good Hope, JEAN-LUC VAN DEN HEEDE is ahead of his fellow Vendéen of fifteen miles. Philippe does not relax his efforts so far and is working on the optimum setting of his sails, maintaining an intermediate route in between his two rivals. The journey is still long and everything is possible for this serious competitor, who seems in good shape and to appreciate the Adventure as reported on his texts and audio messages.

July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe has employed a bold strategy sticking closely to the African coast. The Windy TY overlay on the GGR Livetracker indicates that he might already be through the doldrums, well ahead of the rest of the fleet. This is likely a strategy that comes from his days racing large catamarans around the world against the clock. Will this translate from massive catamarans to a Golden Globe boat well? It will be interesting to see how his easterly position plays out over the next week.

July 18th 2018 12:00 AM

Philippe is continuing to sail well, steadily holding on to his lead. He reported in his weekly phone call that 18 days after leaving France he would have been deep in the Southern Ocean on the Jules Verne record attempts, acknowledging the unique challenges of the Golden Globe Race.

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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