The all time race record for the Hoya Round the Island Yacht Race, has today been broken in 3 hours, 10 minutes and 11 seconds, breaking the previous record by just under 45 minutes.
Frances Joyon's (FRA), on board Dexia Eure et Loir has broken the race record in this annual event, which takes yachts around the Isle of Wight off the south coast of Great Britain. It is the biggest and most popular yacht race of its kind in the world, with the 2001 Race seeing over 15,000 people on board 1,735 yachts take part, pitting professional, elite sailors against novices.
Until today, the course record stood at 3 hours, 55 minutes and 28 seconds set by Joyon's co-skipper, Rodney Pattison (GBR), in 1986 on board 'Paragon'; a record he has had a long standing ambition to break.
Dexia Eure et Loir was co-skippered by Rodney Pattisson and Frances Joyon, with a crew of Robert Webb, Graham Sunderland, Christophe Augin and Thomas Webb.
Having started the race at 0800hrs this morning, 'Dexia Eure et Loir' was significantly ahead of the current record time all morning. In the 1999 Round the Island Race, she was 1st multihull across the line and she came first in class last year in the Transat Europe 1 Newman Star.
The race time is measured from the Royal Yacht Squadron starting line, Cowes, Isle of Wight, anti-clockwise around the Isle of Wight, and finishing at the Royal Yacht Squadron line.