Loïck Peyron helmed Sojana to victory in the 2017 America's Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda last month, now he's at the wheel of the ORMA 60 Trimaran, Mighty Merloe—first-to-finish and course record (22h09m18s) in the June 2017 SoCal 300—in the 2017 Transpac.
Jimmy Spithill, highly-touted America's Cup skipper, lost the America's Cup to Emirates Team New Zealand a few days later.
As late as June 28, 2017, Spithill was still listed as Comanche's helmsman in the 2017 Transpac, but as of July 1, 2017, his name has disappeared from the crew list.
Peyron's name however remains firmly embedded on Mighty Merloe's crew list.
Talk to me again about age having something to do with winning in the world of sailing and racing, gang.
"It's the best helmsmen who win." —Loïck Peyron ("From Lipton to Redbull," Journal de Bord, June 27, 2017, http://sailing-legends.com/journal/ )
—Captain Gigi, "Sailing Anarchy," July 2, 2017
P.S. Give us more, SA editors, on possibly the most exciting Transpac to date.