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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Dutch sailor Laura Dekker throws a rope as she docks her boat in Simpson Bay Marina in St. Maarten, Saturday Jan. 21, 2012. Dekker ended a yearlong voyage aboard her sailboat named "Guppy" that made her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe, although Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council did not verify the voyage, saying they no longer recognize records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts. (Photo by AP Photo/Stephan Kogelman)

Dutch sailor Laura Dekker throws a rope as she docks her boat in Simpson Bay Marina in St. Maarten, Saturday Jan. 21, 2012. Dekker ended a yearlong voyage aboard her sailboat named "Guppy" that made her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe, although Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council did not verify the voyage, saying they no longer recognize records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts. (Photo by AP Photo/Stephan Kogelman)

Laura Dekker set a steady foot aboard a dock in St. Maarten on Saturday, ending a yearlong voyage aboard a sailboat named “Guppy” that apparently made her the youngest person ever to sail alone around the globe, though her trip was interrupted at several points.

Dozens of people jumped and cheered as Dekker waved, wept and then walked across the dock accompanied by her mother, father, sister and grandparents, who had greeted her at sea earlier.

Dekker arrived in St. Maarten after struggling against high seas and heavy winds on a final, 41-day leg from Cape Town, South Africa.

“There were moments where I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing out here?,’ but I never wanted to stop,” she told reporters. “It’s a dream, and I wanted to do it.”

Dekker claims she is the youngest sailor to complete a round-the-world voyage, but Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council did not verify the claim, saying they no longer recognize records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts.

 Dutch authorities tried to block Dekker’s trip, arguing she was too young to risk her life, while school officials complained she should be in a classroom.

Dekker said she was born to parents living on a boat near the coast of New Zealand and said she first sailed solo at 6 years old. At 10, she said, she began dreaming about crossing the globe. She celebrated her 16th birthday during the trip, eating doughnuts for breakfast after spending time at port with her father and friends the night before in Darwin, Australia.

The teenager covered more than 27,000 nautical miles on a trip with stops that sound like a skim through a travel magazine: the Canary Islands, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Bora Bora, Australia, South Africa and now, St. Maarten, from which she set out on Jan. 20, 2011.

“Her story is just amazing,” said one of Dekker’s fans, 10-year-old Jody Bell of Connecticut. “I can’t imagine someone her age going out on sea all by herself.”

Bell was in St. Maarten on a work trip with her mother, Deena Merlen, an attorney in Manhattan, who wanted to see Dekker complete her journey. The two wore T-shirts that read: “Guppy rocks my world.”

“My daughter and I have been following Laura’s story, and we think it’s amazing and inspiring,” Merlen said.

Unlike other young sailors who recently crossed the globe, Dekker repeatedly anchored at ports along the way to sleep, study and repair her 38-foot (11.5-meter) sailboat.

During her trip, she went surfing, scuba diving, cliff diving and discovered a new hobby: playing the flute, which she said in her weblog was easier to play than a guitar in bad weather.

Dekker also complained about custom clearings, boat inspections, ripped sails, heavy squalls, a wet and salty bed, a near-collision with two cargo ships and the presence of some persistent stowaways: cockroaches.

“I became good friends with my boat,” she said. “I learned a lot about myself.”

Highlights of her trip include 47 days of sailing the Indian Ocean, which left her with unsteady legs when she docked in Durban, South Africa, where she walked up and down the pier several times for practice.

While in South Africa, she also saw her first whale.

“It dove right in front of my boat and got all this water on my boat, and that wasn’t really nice,” she said.

Dekker launched her trip two months after Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old U.S. sailor, was rescued in the middle of the Indian Ocean during a similar attempt. Jessica Watson of Australia completed a 210-day solo voyage at age 16, a few months older than Dekker.

Dekker had said she planned to move to New Zealand after her voyage, but she said Saturday that she wants to finish school first. If she goes to New Zealand, she said, she’d like to sail there.

Photo By PIERRICK CONTIN / DPPI / Vendée Globe

Photo By PIERRICK CONTIN / DPPI / Vendée Globe

Arnaud Boissieres spoke of his win today ” My boat was extraordinary. She already came sixth and fifth and now seventh, so I owe her a lot. It’s a bit like Roxy coming first, first and fourth. It is the designers, who came up with these great boats, and I just try to drive it as best I can. I tried not to break anything as I would have been told off afterwards. The first to come out to me this morning was Dee Caffari, which was great as we did a lot of the race together and we often communicated with each other. These English sailors are extraordinary and I had a good relationship with Dee in particular. When you see all the people here, you start to wonder if you haven’t done something extraordinary. I don’t believe I’ve done anything out of the ordinary. I just sailed her as well as I could.”

“ Of course, I didn’t expect such a welcome. There were crowds for Michel, Armel and Marc, so maybe people said it would be unfair if there weren’t crowds out for me. When I entered this harbour two and a half years ago, it already felt like I was in the Vendée Globe.”

“ I was down at Cape Horn just ahead of Aviva. I turned left. I was warned that it was not easy after the Horn. But Aviva and Pindar really sail quickly and I had a tough time with the fishermen off Brazil and the oil rigs. I called up my project manager who told me it was normal that I was left behind and to head for the coast of Brazil, where it is nice and warm. On the radio sessions, I could only repeat the same thing every time – fishermen, oil rigs, no wind…”

“ When you see people like Mich and Vincent Riou and Peyron in the race, you think you don’t have much chance –maybe tenth or fifteenth if you’re lucky, but finishing was really the goal, so finishing seventh is great. After 105 days alone, you necessarily change somewhere inside. Your family, partner and team are also transformed. Of course, there were some hard times. Gusts at 85 knots. I call up Denis Horeau, the Race Director, and he tells me they’re looking at the weather for the three of us at the Horn. So the race was suspended. I’ve known Brian for some time and now I know Dee well, so it was nice to be with them and it all went well.”

“ Off Tierra del Fuego, you have violent gusts. You see the snow-capped mountains and as you approach the Horn, you tell yourself you have to merit the Horn. When you’re in the storm, you don’t have time to worry. You get ready for it and get your food and water and survival gear together and just wait. You can’t sleep or rest as you wonder how bad it will be. After you have a great story to tell and you feel like you have accomplished something. Brian told me to get close to the Horn to see what it looked like. I did the English Vendée Globe. I knew Brian from the Mini days and Sam and as I said before, Dee is extraordinary.”

“This wasn’t a challenge going back to my past. I got over my problems with support of those around me. I don’t see it as revenge for those trying times. I’m just lucky to earn my living from my passion. I’m someone who is privileged. Thanks to people like Jean-Philippe Chomette.”

The future? I’m already thinking of setting out again and starting a new 4-year campaign to develop a boat and team.

“ The team? This is vital. You need to get on with them. We’re only a small team with a group of friends, who come and help. To begin with, I owe everything to my parents, my sisters, who have always supported me. There aren’t words to describe the family. You need that solid support on land. My Dad told me not to say anything stupid when talking in a crowd.”

“vFollowing my leukaemia at the age of 17, I underwent treatment for 18 months. When I began this project with Jean-Philippe Chomette and Christophe Chabot, I met Christine Janin, who was the first Frenchwomen to climb Everest. She welcomes sick kids to the Alps. When I did the Round the Island race, we said there was a parallel between the sea and mountains, so we did a partnership with that charity. It seemed natural. There was no calculation in choosing that charity.”

“ I’m looking forward to fresh fish and fresh vegetables and a gin and tonic with more gin than tonic.”

Light airs and a beautiful starry night was the report back to Oman Sail HQ this morning, “we are expecting to be becalmed” Charlie commented and according to the regular positions reports this happened at around 1000 GMT when Musandam was polled traveling at 2.5 knots.

These light airs are not due to last according to Commanders Weather as a series of fast moving weather systems are expected to pass over Musandam into early next week. 20 knot (40 km per hour) winds from the west  are due to reach them later today then diminish early Saturday, another fast moving low pressure will reach them but 1200 GMT on Saturday bringing gale force winds of 40-50 (75-100 km per hour) knots . This ever changing weather combined with the Ice watch requires vigilance in the routing by navigator, skipper and crew for safe passage to the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope.

CLS continue to monitor the ice situation in the South Atlantic, Musandam’s ice gate 3 has been confirmed at 40 -30 degrees west / 48 degrees south. This gate should leave a margin of around 150 nautical miles above current ice positions. Good tracking date from CLS means that the routing for the boat will continue to push them north and away from the areas of ice.

Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget, Photo Sea & Co

Thomas Coville crossed the finish line on his solo round the world record attempt aboard a multihull today, off the Petit Minou light in Brest, Saturday 17th January at 10 hours, 41 minutes and 57 seconds UTC.

The sailor and his Maxi Trimaran Sodeb’O thus completed their circumnavigation of the globe in 59 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds. He is the third sailor after Francis Joyon and Ellen MacArthur to have successfully sailed around the world without stopovers. Each of them, as well as Olivier de Kersauson, have paid tribute to the skipper of Sodeb’O and his performance.

Alone aboard a demanding 32 metre long boat, constantly pushing back the limits of extreme fatigue, Thomas Coville racked up the 4th best outright time around the globe, behind the crews of Bruno Peyron (2005) and Steve Fossett (2004) and the solo sailor Francis Joyon (2008). Though he was unable to outdo Francis Joyon’s performance in terms of speed, during his circumnavigation of the globe, Thomas Coville beat his own 24 hour distance record on 7th December 2008: 628.5 miles (1,164 km) devoured at 26.2 knots (48.5 km/hr)!

Last year Francis sailed 26,400 miles at an average speed of 19.11 knots. Thomas Coville’s course was certainly longer (28,125 miles) but it was also faster (19.60 knots)

At the harbour entrance in Brest, the three metre waves of the Iroise left the way clear for a good swell. Under one reef mainsail and solent, downwind in a 15-20 knot SW’ly, the Maxi Trimaran returned to the point she set out from on 18th November 2008. Thomas crossed the finish line standing on the bow of the central hull, his hands in his pockets.

Ellen MacArthur  (Photo by George Bekris)

Ellen MacArthur (Photo by George Bekris)


• June 2007: Took line honours in JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island in new high-tech Extreme 40 catamaran. Crossed the line just after 0818 hours, completing the course in 4 hours 6 minutes 3 seconds.

• Feb 2005 – Sets a new solo non-stop round the world record of 71 Days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, 33 seconds (on board 75ft Trimaran B&Q)
• New SNSM (St Nazaire to St Malo) crewed maxi record set on board B&Q. New record stands 1 Day, 3 hours. 23 minutes, 29 seconds.
• 2nd Transat Jacques Vabre 2005 with Roland Jourdain (aka Bilou) on board Open 60 Sill et Veolia

* January – Launch of new 75-foot B&Q trimaran on 8.1.04 in Sydney, Australia.
* March-April – Delivery trip of new trimaran from New Zealand via Australia and the Falklands Islands. Leaving the delivery crew at the Falklands, Ellen sailed B&Q solo to New York.
* June – Solo transatlantic record attempt on board B&Q missing the record by just 75 minutes in a time of 7 days, 3 hours, 49 minutes, 57 seconds.
• November – Departs 28.11.04 at 0810GMT on solo round the world record attempt onboard the 75ft trimaran B&Q. Finishes at 22:29:17GMTT on 7.2.05 setting a new record of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 mins and 33 secs taking 8 hours, 35 mins and 49 secs off the previous record time of Francis Joyon. B&Q sailed 27,354 miles at an average speed of 15.9 knots.

* January – Ellen MacArthur and Kingfisher plc announce five year plan to include Jules Verne record attempt and culminating in the solo Route du Rhum race in November 2006.
* 9-23 November – Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race from St Malo to Guadeloupe on board ‘Kingfisher’. Result: 1st in Open 60 class (13 days, 13 hours, 31 mins, 47 secs) setting a new monohull record.

* May – Challenge Mondial Assistance on board 60ft trimaran ‘Foncia-Kingfisher’ with co-skipper Alain Gautier.
* 3 July-25 August – EDS Atlantic Challenge crewed five leg race from St Malo with stops at Hamburg, Portsmouth, Baltimore, Boston on board ‘Kingfisher’ with co-skipper Nick Moloney. Result: 1st place overall.

Also on 60ft trimaran KINGFISHER-FONCIA during 2001 season:
* 30 April-5 May – Trophee Coralia at Fecamp. Result: 2nd19-24 June – Sardinia Grand Prix.
* 30 Aug-2 September – Fecamp Grand Prix. Result: 1st.
* 11-16 September – Zebrugge Grand Prix. Result: 2nd.
* 4th November – Transat Jacques Vabre two-handed transatlantic race from Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil with co-skipper Alain Gautier. Result: 2nd in the ORMA 60 class.


* February – Teamed up with Mark Turner at Offshore Challenges.
* November – Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race from St Malo to Guadeloupe on board Open 50ft monohull ‘Kingfisher’. Result: 1st in Open 50 class (20 days, 11 hours, 44 mins, 49 secs).

* Mini Transat single-handed transatlantic race in 26-foot boats. Result: 17th overall.

* First transatlantic passage leaving Newport, Rhode Island (USA) on Ellen’s 20th birthday.
* First transatlantic race in the Quebec-St Malo. Result: 3rd in class.

* BT/YJA Young Sailor of Year award.
* Sailed ‘Iduna’ single-handed around Great Britain.

* Debut into full-time yachting, working on an Open 60ft yacht and teaching sailing to adults at the David King Nautical School in Hull.
* Achieved RYA Yachtmaster and Instructor’s ticket, aged 18 (exceptionally young).

*Aged four, began sailing with aunt on ‘Cabaret’, all spare time reading sailing books.
* Started saving school dinner money at the age of eight to buy her first boat.
* First boat at 13 (‘Threpenny Bit’, dinghy), second at 15 (‘Kestrel’, small keelboat), then third at 17 (‘Iduna’, 21-foot Corribee).


. BT/YJA Young Sailor of the Year January 1995
. ISAF World Champion election of Woman Sailor of the Year by 113 sailing Federations throughout the world. Awarded 14.11.01
. “The Cup of the Chief of Staff of the French Navy” awarded 30.11.01
. FICO World Champion ranked by number of points obtained in the year’s ocean races awarded 7.12.01
. BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards overall runner-up (2nd place to David Beckham) plus ‘Helen Rollason Award’ awarded 9.12.01
. ‘Sunday Times Woman of the Year’ awarded 11.12.01
. MBE awarded 12.12.01 at Buckingham Palace by Queen
. Nomination for the title of “Femme en Or” (“Golden Woman”) sport-adventure in France election on 15.12.01
. YJA Yachtsman of the Year January 2002
. Listed in Time magazine 100 Heroes & Icons 2005
. DBE awarded 24.04.05 at Buckingham Palace by Queen
. Alternative Sportsperson of the Year 2005 – Laureus Sports Awards, May 2005
. ISAF Female Sailor of the Year 2005
. BBC South Yachtsperson of the Year 2005
. BBC East Midlands Sportswoman and Sports Personality of the Year 2005
. BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards overall runner-up (2nd place to Andrew Flintoff) December 2005

Photo By Gilles Martin-Raget / Hydroptere

Photo By Gilles Martin-Raget / Hydroptere

The Hydroptère has reached a speed of 61 knots spectacular peak this morning during his first run. Wind conditions were very tough, 35-38 knots of wind gusts and established more than 45. The water was not as flat as day prédédent, making navigation difficult and dangerous. The burst, which led to this extraordinary speed, unfortunately entaîné the capsizing of the Hydroptère.

“The gale was very violent, the Hydroptère was full accéléraltion to more than 61 knots when it crashed and then capsized,” says Alain Thébault briefly while organizing towing the boat with his teammates. All are doing with minor injuries. The trimaran will be towed to Fos on Wednesday, as soon as conditions permit