FRANCIS JOYON - Single Handed Distance Record
20 January 2008 - Joyon has smashed the round the world record by 14 days!
global achievement : Francis Joyon has
smashed the round the world record by 14 days !
19 January 2008 - JOYON, A FEW HOURS FROM A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT
RECORD DU TOUR DU MONDE EN SOLITAIRE
Final manoeuvres, one final day and the final moments of being alone.. Just 168 miles (at 15h GMT) from the Brest Inlet and the finishing line of his incredible voyage, Francis Joyon carried out what should be his final gybe this afternoon, coming around with the wind astern, at the end of his amazing 27,000 mile voyage around the world. Taking the advice of his router, Jean-Yves Bernot, he headed off for two hours to try to pick up a corridor of stronger wind a few miles off to his north. He will then be brought back down directly towards the entrance to the Brest Inlet, and pass under the Petit Minou Light, where a gun will be fired to coincide with the mainsail coming down for the final time, marking the end of 57 days and a few hours of uninterrupted effort. It will most likely be in the middle of the night, at one, two or three in the morning that the explosion will sound bringing the voyage to an end. Francis has asked to be alone for the final hours of the night to get some rest on board his faithful IDEC, before mooring up alongside Recouvrance Quay in Brest at around nine in the morning (local time).
300 miles and counting....
was no easing off during the night for IDEC and Francis Joyon, as they
continued to zoom across the Bay of Biscay towards the end of their
extraordinary round the world voyage. With peak speeds in excess of 24
knots in winds that remain strong (25 knots), the large red trimaran is
making the most of the low-pressure pattern to the north of the Azores. On
the starboard tack, which is Francis’s favourite, in order to relieve
his tired multihull, whose mast is now refusing to pivot onto the other
tack, IDEC is making headway in terms of latitude towards the tip of
24 HOURS AGO
Just 24 gale-lashed hours stand today between a truly remarkable Frenchman, Francis Joyon, and a truly remarkable record not just for sailing solo round the world, but the second fastest circumnavigation of all time.
Waiting on the dock to hand back the title to the man she beat will be Britain's Ellen MacArthur who, in February 2005, was cheered by thousands into Falmouth and had the accolade of being made a Dame immediately transmitted from No 10.
She had knocked 32 hours off the record, set a year earlier by Joyon; this time she will see her time of 71days 14hrs 18min 33sec beaten by the staggering margin of over two weeks.
Joyon will have completed the 26,000 miles on his own faster than all but one other yacht. As long as he avoids any last-minute catastrophic damage – he managed to pile his last yacht onto the rocks of his native Brittany at the end of a transatlantic run – he will miss by less than a week the outright record of 50d 16hr 20min 04sec set by Bruno Peyron in the 120-foot Orange II in March 2005. However, he will beat by a couple of days the previous second-best time of 58d 09hr 32min 45 sec set by the late Steve Fossett's Cheyenne. Both of them were bigger and both were fully crewed.
When he first broke the record he did it in a tired boat, with sails by then more suited to providing a carport, with no major shore team, no outside weather routing input, but fortunately with a sponsor more interested in promoting endeavour than its own commercial interests.
Idec, an industrial buildings and factory park developer, came back and Joyon has delivered again. Last time, Rodney Pattisson, one of Britain's most successful Olympians, and with whom Joyon has often raced, was so impressed that he was on the dockside to give him one of his gold medals.
Joyon was torn; he recognised the depth of the gesture but his massive modesty made him a reluctant hero figure. But not a reluctant competitor.
18 January 2008
is at high speed that Francis Joyon is approaching Brest and the finishing
line of his exceptional single-handed round the world record. With less
than 700 miles to go to the end, on this 57th day of being alone, Joyon
and his faithful trimaran, IDEC, hope to continue their crazy dash for one
more day, by remaining in contact with the strong winds and by paying
attention to the angle to the wind. The final 150 miles look like being
finer, but the ability of the Irens-Cabaret design to make the most of the
slightest puff still allows us to count on a finish sometime during
Saturday night with a triumphant entry into the Brest inlet on Sunday
morning at around 09h30 local time.
WSSRC NEW RECORD - 13 December 2007
Joyon onboard the IDEC trimaran has broken the single-handed 24 hour
distance record, after covering 614nm at an average speed of 25.9 knots.
The record is subject to ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record
Council (WSSRC). The previous best distance was set last year at 610.45nm
by Yvan Bourgnon onboard Brossard (average speed of 25.76 knots).
Francis Joyon (born May 28, 1956) is a professional sailboat racer and
FRANCIS JOYON'S AWARDS
Francis JOYON on his IDEC trimaran has already reached the Canary Islands after a flying start to his attempt on Ellen MACARTHUR’s solo round the world record.
Francis JOYON (FRA) and IDEC departed the French port of
Brest at 11:05:52 French time on Friday morning to reclaim the solo
round the world record from Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR). MACARTHUR set the
current record of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds in
November 2004-February 2005, beating the time set by JOYON in 2004 by
just over a day.
Jeu 17 Jan 07h58
Joyon aux Açores. Francis Joyon naviguera ce matin au beau milieu de l'archipel des Açores. Le vent de Sud Ouest qu'il a accroché hier en arrière de l'anticyclone l'a toute la nuit propulsé à bonne allure vers l'archipel et Francis a choisi de passer entre les îles de Terceira à bâbord et sao Miguel à son vent. A 1 300 milles de l'arrivée, la route du grand trimaran est parfaitement optimisée et chaque mille avalé à près de 20 noeuds rapproche IDEC de Brest sur la route directe. Francis espère dès aujourd'hui passer sans encombre de l'influence de l'anticyclone aux vents puissants des dépressions qui circulent en Atlantique Nord. Il conviendra de ne pas trop tutoyer le centre de ces dernières où 50 noeuds de vent sévissent. Et tout état de cause, c'est toujours au portant et tribord amure qu'IDEC entame son sprint final....
Mer 16 Jan 07h52
Sur la route. Avec l'adonnante, IDEC et Francis Joyon ont depuis hier soir arrondi leur route dans l'ouest du centre des hautes pressions. Au petit trot, certes, dans un vent mollissant, le skipper Trinitain a franchement orienté ses étraves vers les Açores et... Brest. A 12 ou 13 noeuds efficaces, IDEC se rapproche à présent directement de l'arrivée situé ce matin à quelques 1 750 milles. Toujours tribord amure, le voilier est dorénavant poussé par des régimes de plus en plus installés au Sud Ouest. Un empannage est à venir pour gagner les flux encore plus soutenus qui sévissent au large de la péninsule Ibérique. Ce sont ces airs puissants qui propulseront IDEC vers la pointe de Bretagne. Alors qu'il annonçait hier souhaiter effectuer aujourd'hui cette si cruciale escalade de son mât pour une ultime séance d'inspection-consolidation de l'ancrage de hauban, il semblerait, au vu des caps et vitesses enregistrés hier entre 16 et 17 heures, que ce diable d'homme ait déjà réalisé sa 4ème ascension.... réponse ici en direct dès 10h30....
Mar 15 Jan 08h00
Joyon à 2 000 milles de Brest.. 19 600 nautiques parcourus sur l'ortho, 24 500
Every hour that passes allows Francis Joyon to bite farther into the solo round-the-world record set by Ellen MacArthur. In his giant red trimaran, IDEC II, with ever-present petrels and the occasional albatross following in his wake, Joyon has been eating up oceans like they were morsels and yesterday morning he set the latest of his string of records by crossing the Indian Ocean in 9 days, 12 hours and 3 minutes. That was a massive 3 days, 6 hours and 54 minutes faster than the record set by MacArthur. He was just 59 minutes off the record for a crewed vessel crossing the Indian Ocean, set by Orange II in 2005.
Joyon, a 51-year-old father of two from Trinité-sur-Mer, is heading south of New Zealand more than seven days earlier than MacArthur, 31, got there in 2004. Ever modest, Joyon said simply: “I’m just doing my job as a sailor, you know.” He has not seen a soul since leaving the coast of Brazil to head into the Southern Ocean, but is already more than halfway around the world after just 26 days at sea.
Joyon is reinventing the art of the possible for solo sailing, as he did in 2004 when he smashed the solo record by 20 days and took the small matter of 53 days off the solo circumnavigation record by a trimaran, completing 27,150 miles in 72 days, 22 hours and 54 minutes. A year later, MacArthur, in her 75ft B&Q, took 30 hours off that mark.
From the moment Joyon had a boat built 22ft (about 6.7 metres) longer, which is a generation on from B&Q, MacArthur has expected her most cherished record to fall. The camaraderie between them means that she is full of admiration for the Frenchman.
“I’ve spoken to him a couple of times since he’s been out there and it has been really interesting.” MacArthur said. “If he doesn’t break the boat he will break the record.”
MacArthur has already had a significant design difference confirmed from those conversations, which will be crucial should she go for the record again. She is acting as a spokeswoman for the Barcelona World Race and is taking a break from racing until next year. “If he wasn’t going that fast on average when the weather was good, which it has been, then something would be seriously wrong,” MacArthur said. “He’s got a boat which is bigger and his mast in relation to his boat isn’t as big, which means he can sail the boat under full sail more than B&Q. My mast ratio meant I had to put a reef in sooner because I was on the edge sooner. I had a reef in for most of the Southern Ocean.”
In 2004, Joyon, on a shoestring budget, bought from IDEC, a small French construction firm, Sport-Elec, the 90ft trimaran that had been built in the late 1980s and trashed on multiple record attempts. He reconditioned the boat and used some of the old sails. Unlike MacArthur, he could not afford a shore team or weather router, so made all the decisions himself. This time he has a weather router on shore in Jean-Yves Bernot, but IDEC II is as simple and light as they come. He does not even have a heater in the cabin. “He’s got no big communications kit and no fuel. He’s running everything off solar panels and wind, which is fantastic,” MacArthur said. “He has an Iridium phone and switches on the computer every now and then, so he’s sailing in a very different way.”
Of course, the weather could turn against him. “I was five days ahead at Cape Horn and then lost the lot in the South Atlantic,” MacArthur said. As he passes south of New Zealand today, the high-pressure system to the north is forecast to spread south and steal his wind. If he dives farther south, he risks heading into iceberg waters.
A fascinating element to his attempt is that Thomas Coville, another Frenchman who was supposed to leave from Brest with Joyon, set sail on his own solo record bid on Monday. His 105ft Sodeb’O was designed by Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret, the same team that designed MacArthur’s B&Q. After just 23 hours in the North Atlantic, he was already six hours ahead of MacArthur’s record pace.
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