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28 September 2012, 09:33 am
Joyon's 24-Hour Record Ratified At 666 Miles
IDEC Maxi Trimaran
IDEC Maxi Trimaran


The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified the 24-hour solo sailing record set by Francis Joyon this summer aboard the maxi trimaran IDEC. Francis Joyon covered 666.2 miles in a single day, averaging 27.75 knots.
The Frenchman took his boat to extreme limits, in winds in excess of 30 knots in late July between the North of the Azores and the tip of Brittany. Joyon said, "It was extremely risky. The boat was constantly on the edge. I wasn't at the helm. I just stood in the cockpit for 24 hours with the mainsail sheet in one hand and the solent sheet in the other. When the boat dug into a wave, I eased off one or the other. But I often had to ease them both off at the same time."

Joyon has been locked in a battle with Thomas Coville for the 24-hour record with the honours swinging back and forth but Joyon smashed Coville's record by 37.7 miles.

"The 24-hour attempt may look like a small challenge in comparison with the round the world voyage, but the trust you need to have in the trimaran needs to be even greater for this record, where the average speed climbed at times to more than 32 knots, with peak speeds of 35 knots," Joyon added. "This confidence was possible thanks to the IDEC Group, which remains faithful whether we are sailing against the wind or speeding downwind. It was also possible thanks to the suppliers, who contributed to the performance of the IDEC trimaran and helped during her refit: Profurl, who serviced all the headsail furlers; Navtec, who changed all the cables; Uship, who supplied us with the wind turbine and deck hardware; Nautix, who supplied the paints; Incidences, who took care of the sails. I would like to express my gratitude to them all and offer them my sincere thanks."

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