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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Francis Joyon breaks the North Atlantic Sailing Speed Record crossing Lizard Point this morning on IDEC II (Photo © JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI / IDEC)

Francis Joyon on on the maxi trimaran IDEC II shatters the North Atlantic Record in an amazing  5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.  That is 16 hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds faster than the record previously established by Thomas Coville in 2008!

Francis Joyon on IDEC II (Photo by George Bekris)

Records Francis Joyon has previously broken.


Record of Discovery Route
8 days 16 hours 7 minutes and 5 seconds (valid record date)


24 hour record solo
666.2 miles traveled (valid record to date)


2nd in the Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale


Winner of the Tour of the Isle of Wight
4 hours and 24 minutes


Record between France and Mauritius
26 days 4:13 minutes 29 seconds (first reference time)

Winner of the Tour de Belle-Ile


Record of Discovery Route
9 days 8:35 p.m. minutes 3 ​​seconds

Lap record of absolute world alone
57 days 1:34 p.m. minutes and 6 seconds (valid record to date)

24 hour record solo
616.07 miles traveled (improved by Thomas Coville)


Record run of the inning solo
6 hours 23 minutes and 36 seconds (valid record date)


Record for crossing the Atlantic solo (New York – Lizard)
6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds

24 hour record solo
542.7 miles traveled


Record of Discovery Route (Cadiz – San Salvador) alone
11 days, 3 hours, 17 minutes and 20 seconds (improved by Thomas Coville)

Lap record of absolute world alone
72 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds (enhanced by Ellen MacArthur)


Winner of the 76th Fastnet sur Eure et Loir

Fastest lap of the Isle of Wight
3 hours, 10 minutes and 11 seconds


Winner of the Transat Europe 1 – Newman Star sur Eure et Loir
record running into 9 days, 23 hours 21 minutes


Sixth of the Route du Rhum

2nd Route des Phares


4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

2nd Grand Prix Port of Fecamp

4th Race in Europe


5th Multihull Championship

Second Quebec-St Malo


3rd Open UAP Banque Populaire

2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre


3rd Open UAP

Third of the Coffee Route


Third of the Coffee Route


5th Open UAP on BPO


10th Route du Rhum on BPO


Third of the Discovery Route on JB Express


Francis Joyon on IDEC breaks Discovery Route Record (Cadiz , Spain - San Salvador, Bahamas) (Photo by JM Liot / DPPI / IDEC)

Francis Joyon  has made land on his Maxi-trimaran IDEC, and set a new world sailing record* for the Discovery Route from Cadiz, Spain.

With a time of 9 days, 20 hours, and 35 minutes, IDEC has beat the previous record set by Thomas Coville, and added yet another feat to Joyon’s collection (Joyon also holds the ’round the world solo record). This route is an approximation of the course that Columbus took in 1492 when it is often said he “discovered” the new world (though the Americas were already populated, and had been visited previously by other Europeans).

While Columbus’ ponderous little fleet took 70 days to make the journey, Joyon and IDEC did it in less than 10. A rather dramatic improvement, and an amazing feat even if Joyon wasn’t sailing solo – but of course he was. With little sleep, and in fact little sitting, Joyon has set the bar higher, and IDEC has further established the trimaran at the top of performance designs.

Many armchair “experts” declared last week that Joyon would not make the record, due to the fact that he hit some light air along the course. What they forgot was that Coville also had some calm winds in 2005, as in fact did Columbus and crew. Joyon made the most of what the conditions offered, and as the breezes built, he had IDEC fairly flying along as he neared the Bahamas, and crossed the line this morning.

Francis Joyon  (Photo by George Bekris )

Francis Joyon (Photo by George Bekris )


668  nautical miles 1237 kilometers in 24 hours!  The new distance record in 24 hours by boat and sailing solo. The navigator Francis Joyon set a new record last night absolute speed over 24 hours,  on board his giant trimaran IDEC 29 meters, the average hourly a stunning 27.83 knots …



IDEC Francis Joyon by George Bekris

IDEC Francis Joyon by George Bekris

Francis Joyon had left Trinidad last Friday on-Sea, heading for the Azores in order to find the ideal conditions to address the reference time been held by Thomas Coville water with 628.5 miles set in 2008 during his second attempt against the lap record in the world, still held by Francis.

“I needed to meet ideal conditions, that I had previously found that in the Indian Ocean, with winds well established in the regular time, preferably in front of a front in order to benefit from a sea (relatively) flat … I went about 800 miles west of Cape Finisterre, on the edge of high pressure near the Azores. I left with a wind from the southwest, but I have faced from the outset an otherwise swell from the north.

I attacked back, and after a time, the swell is ordered and the wind increased to 32 knots. It was extremely dangerous. The boat was constantly on the edge. I do not Barrais. I remained standing 24 hours in my cockpit with mainsheet in one hand, and listening to Solent in the other. When the boat crashed into the wave, I shocked one or the other. But I often listen to shock all at once. No rest. Some granola bars for food only. ”

This is essentially the same words and the incredible Mr. Joyon recipe for iconic record. With peaks of 34 knots, the Marine Locmariaquer adds a new line to his many records. He had already held the record in 2004 aboard the old trimaran IDEC.

He carried this time reference to 613.5 miles (25.56 knots average) record during his World Tour victory in 2007. This is Thomas Coville, who had therefore taken the time reference in the following year by swallowing 619 miles to 25.80 knots average near Kerguelen. This same Thomas Coville on his 32 meter trimaran was then his own record to 628, 5000, to 26.2 knots in December 2008.

“I would have been very pleased to get this record, if only a handful of miles” says Francis. “But nearly 40 miles! I am very happy. My satisfaction comes mostly from the fact that I have sailed since I was little capsize last year when I attempt against the record for crossing the Atlantic. IDEC has undergone a beautiful site this winter. But the mast is the same one that broke in two during the capsize. As for sails, these are the originals, which have good 90,000 miles on the clock. Beyond the numbers, I just offer a truly magical moment. Able to operate such a machine to its full potential is extraordinary. That’s what I thought doubling cargo in showers of foam. ”

* (Under approval by the World Sailing Speed ​​Record

Francis Joyon IDEC (Photo by Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI /IDEC)