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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Training for the maxi tri IDEC Sport, skipper Francis Joyon, and his crew, prior to their circumnavigation crew record attempt for Trophy Jules Verne, off Belle Ile, on october 12, 2016 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC

The World Speed Sailing Record Council has ratified three intermediate records set by IDEC SPORT

After ratifying the extraordinary performance of the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT sailed by Francis Joyon, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet and Sébastien Audigane around the world, the World Speed Sailing Record Council, the international body, which certifies major sailing records, has just officially recorded three new intermediate records achieved along the way.
Indian Ocean record between Cape Agulhas and Tasmania, which already belonged to Francis Joyon and his men, was shattered by more than a day between 29th December 2016 and 4th January. It now stands at 5 days, 21 hours, 7 minutes and 45 seconds.

IDEC SPORT also slashed almost a day off the South Pacific record set by Bruno Peyron and the maxi catamaran, Orange in 2005 (8 days, 18 hours and 8 minutes). Joyon and his crew took just 7 days, 21 hours, 13 minutes and 31 seconds to sail the distance between Tasmania and Cape Horn.
Finally, the intermediate reference time between the Equator on the way down and the Equator on the way back now stands at 29 days, 9 hours, 10 minutes and 55 seconds, replacing the time set by Loïck Peyron aboard the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V of 32 days, 11 hours and 52 minutes.
As a reminder, the time of 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds is now the outright round the world record from Ushant to Ushant via the three major capes, Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn, referred to as the Jules Verne Trophy record.
The WSSRC has recorded the following reference times:
Dates: from 16th December 2016, start at 0819hrs UTC, to 26th January 2017 at 07:49:30 UTC.
The international body recorded an average speed of 21.96 knots over the theoretical distance of 21,600 miles.
Francis Joyon and his men actually sailed 26,412 miles out on the water, at an average speed of 26.85 knots.
They shattered the previous record held by Loïck Peyron and the crew of the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V by four days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.
 Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC

Training for the maxi tri IDEC Sport, skipper Francis Joyon, and his crew, prior to their circumnavigation crew record attempt for Trophy Jules Verne, off Belle Ile, on october 12, 2016 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC

Francis Joyon Awarded the Ultimate Trophy (Photo courtesy of Francis Joyon - Trimaran IDEC)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Francis Joyon received ULTIMATE TROPHY, new sporting distinction that honors the fastest sailor on the four major ocean records alone: “World Tour, North Atlantic Discovery Route and 24 hour record . The skipper of the maxi-trimaran IDEC is the first to receive this new award, true Grand Slam of ocean sailing solo! Award received from Jean Todt, FIA President and Gérard Saillant, President of ICM.

Repeat the exploits of Francis Joyon deserved a trophy. Record World Tour alone in 2008, 24-hour record in 2012, Discovery Route and Record of the North Atlantic in 2013: so many great records held by Francis Joyon and earned him this award Wednesday, October 9 the ULTIMATE TROPHY. “I am pleased that this award embodies performances that are the fruit of a long process with the IDEC Group, ICM, my router Jean-Yves Bernot, but Christophe Houdet who helped me for escorts” says the skipper of the maxi-trimaran IDEC. 57 days around the world solo Marin fastest around the world since 2004, his record was broken the following year by the British sailor Ellen MacArthur who sailed around the world  in 71 days and 14 hours – one day better than Francis.  Francis who went for the record in 2008 and hit a great shot breaking the record in 57 days 1:34 p.m. minutes and 6 seconds! “World Tour is the most difficult record for its length and crossed areas,” says he. “I had to go very far south in iceberg areas, facing extreme weather conditions . The rise between Cape Horn and Britain was also complicated, with a lot of minor damage. And despite the challenging course, we had to go fast for a

long time. This is my best record, one that leaves me more memories. ” 666,000 in 24 hours in the summer of 2012, Joyon addresses a second major record: the greatest distance covered in 24 hours alone. Result: 666.2 miles. “I saw a depression formed in the middle of the Atlantic. I left Britain to join then I placed on its front. It worked! The record of 24 hours is too extreme, in the sense that it must be very high speeds in rough conditions necessarily. ” eight days on the road to Columbus in February 2013, Francis Joyon part in the assault of the one of his records he feels threatened: the Discovery Route between Cadiz (Spain) and San Salvador (Bahamas). He explains: “Thomas Coville had a nice ahead of my time reference and was poised to improve. So I went to my turn. Meanwhile, Thomas gave up and so I fought against my own clock. Successfully (8 days 16 hours 7 minutes and 5 seconds). In the Discovery Route, it takes several fronts, but also faced calm zones. Unstable conditions, therefore, and must successfully manage these different weather systems. ”

Atlantic in 5 days Last record to date: the North Atlantic in 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds to rally Ambrose Light off New York to Lizard Point, at the western tip of Cornwall. A particularly remarkable that it occurred in a particular context. Francis Joyon: “I capsized off New York during the previous attempt. I felt apprehensive but I was desperate to erase the bad memory. Again, it must be constantly very fast, background settings on the boat all the time to file more than 25 knots. We hardly slept for five days and you get overwhelmed. ” Keep Trophy Francis Joyon has to date four records in his pocket. But it is well placed to know that they are by definition meant to be broken. Especially as competition sharpens: sailors from the likes of Thomas Coville, Armel Le Cléac’h, François Gabart or Lemonchois covet his records, and at the same time the Ultimate Trophy. Francis Joyon but does not move in quite the contrary: “I find that my performance has created a rivalry that pushes sailors and sponsors to invest. They provide the means to fight with larger boats, lighter, wider – so faster. But I will not let me do, if one of my records is beaten, I’ll do anything to get it back! “. Patrice Lafargue, Chairman of the IDEC Group: “I am very proud of this award which recognizes a great sailor and history of over 10 years with the IDEC Group. I agree with all employees to congratulate these exploits non-standard. ” Gerard Saillant, President of the ICM: “The Ultimate Trophy is the recognition of repeated exploits of an extraordinary man common and through it all a team. Francis has long shown that the victory was the result of talent, labor and courage, but was not incompatible with loyalty, generosity and legendary discretion that he knows. Francis thank you for making us dream! ”

Reminder of four records:

– Record Around the World: 57 days 1:34 p.m. minutes and 6 seconds, February 2008

– 24-hour record: 666.2 miles traveled, July 2012

– Record of Discovery Route (Cadiz – Without Salvador): 8 days 16 hours 7 minutes and 5 seconds in February 2013

– Record of the North Atlantic: 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds, in June 2013


Francis Joyon on IDEC (Photo by JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI / IDEC)

Francis Joyon is back in business. Aboard his maxi trimaran IDEC, already holder of three prestigious records alone: around the world, road of discovery and Record of 24 hours – from browser has this North Atlantic chrono time in his line of sight and why not improved his timing on the Route de la découverte.

Francis Joyon and IDEC are back for a 2013 campaign that looks rich in emotions. Before thinking of the Route du Rhum 2014 – where the fight in fleet with new applicants as Lionel Lemonchois and Armel Le Cléac ‘ h will be superb and furious – Francis Joyon has for main ambition this year to delight to Thomas Coville North Atlantic Record. That is the only one of four major records currently lacking on its prestigious list.


Meanwhile, Thomas Coville has already left on the Route de la Découverte, between Cadiz and San El Salvador. Francis Joyon could heat up on this route (Thomas Coville the bat or not) to try to improve his own time: 9 days, 20 hours, 35 minutes and 03 seconds for 3884 miles on the direct route, time set in November 2008.


The only record that is missing its top!
Francis Joyon to this day the distinction of being both the solitary sailor the fastest around the world (57 days and 13 hours…) and the fastest 24-hour, with his astonishing record of the day established last summer 668 nautical miles (average time of 27.83 nodes!) is almost sixty miles more than the previous chrono…
North Atlantic Record will constitute his major objective 2013. In July 2005, Francis Joyon and IDEC had improved a day (6 days and 4 hours) the ‘old’ record of the trimaran Primagaz of Laurent Bourgnon, which dated from 1994. Three years later, in July 2008, Thomas Coville had beaten this same chrono in 5 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes and 20 seconds, an average of 20.97 nodes. Spinning at more than 21 knots on the crossing of the Atlantic, this is so the bar for IDEC and Francis Joyon. And Francis was a great revenge to take on this course: in his attempt of 2011, maxi red trimaran capsized shortly after the departure from New York. If the case is anything but a formality