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27 May 2005, 01:12 pm
JOYON Heads Back To New York
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WSSRC Record Attempt
New York, USA

Francis JOYON (FRA) has abandoned his attempt at the single-handed transatlantic record. After crossing the start line just off New York, USA last night the Frenchman has made an about turn this morning after the necessary weather conditions failed to materialize.
After her first few hours at sea the 90 foot IDEC trimaran gradually suffered a dip in speed signaling the end of this attempt on the record. JOYON and IDEC will now be returning to Manhattan Sailing Club's North Cove Marina to continue their waiting game. JOYON's router Jean-Yves BERNOT (FRA) is expecting another potential weather window at the beginning of next week.

Despite being on stand by for over a month, JOYON will not be too disheartened at this first abandonment. The record set by Laurent BOURGNON (FRA) on Primagaz of 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds has already stood for eleven years. Speaking earlier in the year, JOYON was well aware of the likelihood of multiple attempts, 'The main difficulty is going to be that we have to go fast all the time. The average speed is so high, that there's no time to hang around. The slightest weather hitch, the slightest hold up and the record is out of our grasp. The weather has to be just right over the six days… The Atlantic is the time which has the fastest average speed in single-handed sailing. The chances of beating it on one attempt are low, as all the attempts over the past ten years have failed.'

ISAF. Image, Attempt one came to a swift end for IDEC and JOYON:© Billy Black/DPPI
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