Thomas Coville, skipper of maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim', July 4, 2017 NYC ( Photo © George Bekris )

Thomas Coville, skipper of maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’, July 4, 2017 NYC ( Photo © George Bekris )


THOMAS COVILLE Beats the North Atlantic solo record and also comes in under the 5 day mark.


The World Tour recorder crossed the North Atlantic in less than 5 days. The skipper of the trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ , Thomas Coville, set a new record North Atlantic solo crossing record.
After the world record solo this winter, Thomas Coville becomes the fastest on the North Atlantic as well. The skipper of Sodebo Ultim crossed the finish line at Cape Lizard (South Point of England) today, Sunday 15 July at 7:29 pm (French time).

Maxi Trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ © YVAN ZEDDA / SODEBO

His time was 4 days 11 hours 10 minutes 23 seconds * (subject to WSSRC validation): a historic journey time, as the solo sailor falls below the 5-day mark. With this exceptional solo time, It beats 15 hours 45 min 47s the very recent time of Francis Joyon realized the 13 of July.

Distance traveled on the water: 3039 nautical miles – that is 5628 km
Average speed: 28.35 knots (26.87 knots on the orthodromy)

Maxi Trimaran Sodebo Ultim' prior to leaving NYC to set North Atlantic Record ( Photo © George Bekris )

Maxi Trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ prior to leaving NYC to set North Atlantic Record ( Photo © George Bekris )


After crossing the line, Thomas Coville will remain all night at sea with his team who will have joined him on board to convey the boat to his home port of La Trinité-sur-Mer.
Sodebo Ultim ‘will arrive at the entrance of the Channel of the Trinity on Mer (Morbihan) Sunday afternoon around 16h00 for an arrival at the pontoon at 17h00.


Departure Ambrose Light in front of New York: Tuesday July 11 at 8 hours 18 min 37s French time
Arrival at Cap Lizard: Sunday 15 July at 19 hours 29 minutes French
time Crossing the North Atlantic alone: ​​4 days 11 hours 10 minutes 23 seconds *
3039 miles traveled at an average of 28.35 knots


Francis Joyon before leaving NYC to break his own Solo Transatlantic Record on IDEC SPORT (Photo by George Bekris)

Francis Joyon comes early this morning to add a new line to his legend. He beat his very own solo crossing record set in June 2013 on his old 29-meter IDEC trimaran by exactly 49 minutes. He repeated this weekend aboard the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT, the same plan VPLP on board which he last winter, crewed the Jules Verne Trophy record. For its first solo transatlantic aboard this giant originally designed for a crew of 12 men, it improves the mythical time between New York and Cape Lizard “to the Joyon”, without any previous preparation or standby , No sophisticated weather routing, just talent, envy and incredible ability, at the age of 61,

By cutting the longitude of Cape Lizard, which marks the finish line of the North Atlantic crossing record from Ambrose Lighthouse in New York City, at 03:00, 37 minutes and 02 seconds (French time) Francis Joyon beat his previous record by 49 minutes. The World Speed ​​Sailing Record Council will burn the time of 5 days, 2 hours, 7 minutes, on its shelves *. ” It was right ” just pointed out the sailor of Locmariaquer after a hard night, chanted by many maneuvers and gybes to reach the western tip of England. “I was happy to arrive because the last 24 hours have been very trying,” continues the king of the Atlantic. “My autopilots functioning badly, I had to bar permanently these last 24 hours,

Francis Joyon on IDEC SPORT in NYC on July 4, 2017 (Photo © George Bekris)

At 61, Francis Joyon realizes a new maritime, physical and sporting feat, in a totally unprecedented context for a record of this scale. ” I left New York in a hurry, ” he says. ” I did not even have time to take care of the bunkering. I just could buy some eggs and bananas. As for food on board, the guys (sic) had eaten everything during the crossing of The Bridge 2017. ”

Francis Joyon ( Photo Pierrick Contin / DPPI / IDEC )

Ad-hoc weather window point studied for a long time since the earth with the help of professional routers. Joyon had to do with what the Atlantic had to offer this Thursday evening July 6th. ” The weather was not good and all day one, I pulled up the wind edges. But the next day, a system was set up. I then saw the Queen Mary 2 returning to Europe. I thought that since we had not been able to beat him on the outward journey from Saint-Nazaire, I might be able to arrive in Brittany before he joined Southampton. (Where it is expected tomorrow Thursday ndlr). I got caught up in the game and attacked. I spent two days at more than 30 knots all the time. I feared the arrival on Europe because the wind was blowing from the North East. But the Azores anticyclone had the good idea to go up a bit and allow me to land in the Channel with southwest winds. ”

New York’s “tear-away” party, Joyon also discovered his own IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran. ” I did a lot of stupid things when I sent gennakers, because I used to sit on superstars at the Jules Verne Trophy. In fact, it is as if I were going back to school to relearn the A-ba of the boat. Fortunately, it is very tolerant, even at 30 knots … “

Maxi Trimaran IDEC SPORT ( Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC )

Francis Joyon, who is satisfied with the task accomplished, will agree a few minutes of sleep this morning, while making his way to his home port of La trinité sur Mer, which he hopes to rally as soon as possible …

  • Pending ratification by WSSRC

Maxi Trimaran IDEC SPORT (Photo by George Bekris)


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IDEC in New York (Photo by George Bekris)

IDEC in New York Before Record Attempt in 2011 (Photo by George Bekris)

 Francis Joyon is leaving. In a few days, he will address the prestigious  North Atlantic record.  Success would make him the first skipper to win the incredible “Grand Slam” of records.  Joyon will be on stand-by in New York from May 15.  Yesterday evening the skipper  was in Paris for a great evening presentation at Pershing Hall in the presence of three of the four  solo Atlantic  record holders Florence Arthaud, Thomas Coville and Bruno Peyron, current record holder.  His record will be challenged shortly by the skipper of the Maxi-trimaran IDEC.

Florence Arthaud ,Francis Joyon,Patrice Lafargue, Thomas Coville and Bruno Peyron© Aurimages / Groupe IDEC

© Aurimages / IDEC Group

Hold 21 knots average for less than 5 days, 19 hours and 29 minutes. Alone.  On the demanding North Atlantic.  That’s the challenge with the high bar set by Thomas Coville in July 2008.   Francis Joyon will sail between the Statue of Liberty and the English Cornwall.  To be precise between Ambrose Light in New York and that the Lizard in the south of England .  In that in-between are heavy waves, winds and icebergs to content with while sailing at breakneck speeds.

Francis Joyon aboard IDEC in NYC May 18, 2013 awaiting a weather window for the North Atlantic Record (Photo by George Bekris)

There is a very short list of sailing legends who dared to challenge alone, on multihulls, the North Atlantic and all it’s all dangers.  More people have walked on the moon than have accomplished this feat!  Sailors who have attempted this can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The names of the woman and four men who have accomplished this have forged in the wind the imagination of us all: Bruno Peyron, Florence Arthaud, Laurent Bourgnon, Thomas Coville, Francis Joyon. 
 Francis Joyon is one of them. The IDEC skipper already holds the same record, in July 2006 (6 days and 4 hours), when he shattered the  one day a time established eleven years ago by Laurent Bourgnon. 
In twenty-six years of 1987 to the present day, only six attempts were successful. Bruno Peyron has won twice, in 1987 and 1992. Francis Joyon If successful, it would become the second two-time winner of the North Atlantic. It is also the only sailor to claim the Grand Slam absolute record since the driver of the maxi-trimaran IDEC is already the fastest solo sailor around the world (57 days 13h), the fastest of 24 h (668 miles or 27.83 knots average) and the fastest on the Atlantic from east to west, namely the Discovery Route, between Cadiz and San Salvador, he sprayed record this winter and 8 days 16 h.
 108 years after Charlie Barr North Atlantic … its mysterious mists, its whales and the famous single or almost that needs surf at full speed between the New World and the Old Continent depression … so here’s the ultimate challenge address to access this unique status. Francis Joyon, who has already won this clock in 2005 aboard the first trimaran IDEC is well aware of tackling a real maritime myth. He commented: “If we put notes to records according to their importance, I would say the most important is the World Tour. The North Atlantic is the number two because of its long history related to the schooner Atlantic Charlie Barr and his crew of 50 men who inaugurated the year 1905, and then to Eric Tabarly was the first to resume still crew, 75 years later. The solitaire version belonged to me a few years ago, it was taken over by Thomas (Coville) … and so it falls to me to take it again! ” Simple like Joyon on who should not rely for the ease . “Average to keep approaching 21 knots. So have a good weather is essential, but should not be either drop regime. It must be thoroughly all the time for 5 and a half days … “On board a multihull 30 meters at full speed, the exercise is not within reach of anybody. This is also perhaps no coincidence that the few sailors to have held the famous record were present in Paris on Thursday, April 25 with Francis Joyon for presenting this event. Only they know … 
They said:
 Patrice Lafargue,Chairman of the IDEC Group “Francis Joyon IDEC supports for over a decade now. We are proud to support one of the greatest sailors of the planet in its hunting records, Francis gave us so much emotion around the world and on every ocean … With this attempt on the record of the North Atlantic, it is a new challenge that we propose. Of course we are wholeheartedly with him and fingers crossed for it to succeed this Grand Slam that nobody has succeeded before him. Beyond the sporting aspect, exciting, this is a man with whom the IDEC Group shared values ​​of innovation, competition, respect for the environment … Good luck Francis ” 
Bruno Peyron ‘s record solitary Inventor 1987 (11 days and 11) Winner again in 1992 (in 9 days and 21h) catamaran Explorer “This record is a true success story: it combines a legendary course, recall illustrious ancestors as Charlie Barr … and requires a total commitment.Initially, in 1987 I wanted to start this record with a simple idea: fight alone the historical time of Charlie Barr and his crew of fifty men. Since the bar is mounted and the record of the North Atlantic has become the second largest after the clock tower in the world. On the first, in 1987, all the ingredients were there for a good story, simple and effective. We left New York in fratricidal duel: Loick with Lada Poch against me on Explorer. I keep a mixed memories of fun, commitment and a rare arrival, asphyxiated on the English coast, to rebuild around Land’s end to cut the line. The second solo record, I have a less playful memory because lack of resources the boat was almost abandoned in an old shipyard in Newport. I bought in Florence (Arthaud) a big old sail that was too small. Initially, I got a storm anthology off New York that I saw in the lightning. Then, the weather was good and I’ve made ​​the crossing being a conservative suspicion … But the story was launched and I knew others would with sharper weapons and unfailing determination. The main difficulty is to find the perfect weather window, that is to say one that can cross with a single pressure system, with the potential of current machines. To be honest … I would go back! I love this course where the commitment is total. This is probably the same one where, with sails adapted, could lead alone my catamaran 120 feet to 90% of its potential. ” 
Florence Arthaud Winner record in 1990 (9 days, 21h 42m) trimaran Pierre 1er ” I keep a special memory of this record, including my arrival in Brest, where I was greeted by thousands of cut flowers thrown on my boat which was found covered with roses … It was beautiful. Especially since I had a difficult end of the course because I had a concern about the headsail and there was more wind: sailing under mainsail alone and wind is not ideal when we want to go as fast as possible! 
Francis Joyon on IDEC ( Photo by George Bekris )
The departure of New York is fabulous, I had that record the return of Two Star to train for the Route du Rhum and it has served me well! The problem is that I do not have much time to choose the best time to time, then wait the ideal window is a key to success with having boats that go fast enough stay ahead of the depression. I remember to Newfoundland I thought it would not happen … and then it happened. I also remember that this is one of the few courses where I have not had any problems with my autopilot. Records are made ​​to be broken … and that Francis deserves to beat this one too … ” 
Thomas Coville Taking the record in 5 days 19 hours 29 minutes and 20 seconds on the trimaran Sodebo “I made ​​a first attempt without success. From New York is something very clear: this is a very special feeling to be at the heart of this megalopolis at the foot of Manhattan … and a few minutes later, to be alone on your big boat ocean around the front of the bows. The transition is very sharp. I remember I put a lot of pressure: there is traffic, fog, whales, sometimes even ice cream! The start is difficult, complicated and sometimes dangerous when you do not even see the bow of the boat and you feel fishermen around. Then it’s a real tussle trying to stay ahead of the depression … and a standoff that lasted four days! The boat fuse crosswind, it is not constrained by the sea is unique as it … In the end, finally, it must almost fall on the line, lowering his head, after one or gybes in little time, as it often ends up in the wind a little soft or downwind. He must have kept some energy for that and it is not the easiest. I had gone to Northern Ireland before jibe! “
Francis Joyon on IDEC in New Your prior to record attempt in 2011 (Photo by George Bekris)

Francis Joyon on IDEC in New Your prior to record attempt in 2011 ( Photo by George Bekris)


 IDEC at in New York for Record Attempt ( Photo by George Bekris )

Today the Challenge and Adventure team had the pleasure of visiting Francis Joyon onboard IDEC. The current solo Round the World Record holder and former Transatlantic Record holder is in New York to attempt to set a new Transatlantic Record.  He arrived in New York last night to make final preparations on his Maxi Trimaran IDEC.  His bright red boat patiently waits at Gateway Marina to loose her lines and take him on another record breaking adventure.

Francis Joyon in New York for Transatlantic record attempt. ( Photo by George Bekris )

It looks like it’s a green light for Joyon to leave tomorrow (Sunday) night for his Solo Transatlantic record attempt. Joyon wants to take this record back from Thomas Coville who currently holds  the record that Francis Joyon owned from 2005-2008. The time to beat is 5 days 19 hours 29 minutes and 20 seconds. Joyon’s weather router-navigator, Jean-Yves Bernot, has spied a window for Sunday evening with a front moving off the East Coast of the USA to push him across the start.  Joyon will leave New York and start the clock at the buoy, which recently replaced the legendary Ambrose Light Tower, a few miles off the New York Coast  and finish the crossing at The Lizard.

IDEC Bow (Photo by George Bekris)

A quiet air of confidence is displayed by the the skipper as bounces around the boat doing last minute checks of gear and stores for the crossing.  He restocked some fruit and water in addition Freeze-dried food already on board.  Her bottom is smooth, he dove on her this morning but he says he may dive again once more just to make sure.  Francis Joyon has waited nearly 6 weeks for this window and three years for the opportunity and he is set to make the most out of it. He seems very ready and so does the boat.  This new IDEC is about 20 percent faster than the older and that is a plus for shaving off time he needs to take the record.

We spoke about the first IDEC and his Atlantic record that ended with his getting the record, but loosing his beloved boat when after crossing the finish he crashed it on rocks after falling asleep delivering her home.  He still misses that boat he said.  Joyon said that during the crossing for the record he only had 6 hours sleep in 5 days.   He will try to rest before this start he says.  He finds it hard to sleep with planes flying overhead he adds.  He sleeps best out to sea away from the noises of land and man.

IDEC Lines (Photo by George Bekris)


As the current Solo Round the World Sailing Record holder he has set the bar very high for any challengers and it looks like it may be some time before he has to defend that title. But, when asked what he would do if someone did break his record. He said without hesitation he would go around again to take it back.  Like I said quietly confident.

Bon Voyage Francis

Maxi-Trimaran IDEC (Photo by George Bekris)


Maxi-trimaran IDEC (Photo  by George Bekris


IDEC Bow (Photo by George Bekris).

Francis Joyon on IDEC  ( Photo by George Bekris )