Francis JOYON sped past Cape Leeuwin on Sunday and is now seven days ahead of Ellen MACATHUR's reference pace in his bid to reclaim the solo round the world record.
Francis JOYON (FRA) has passed another milestone on his solo round the world record attempt, crossing the latitude of Cape Leeuwin, on the southwest coast of Australia, at 01:33 UTC today.
JOYON and his IDEC
trimaran took just 7 days, 8 hours and 12 minutes to bridge the gap between the latitudes of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin, a full three days less than current record holder Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR) on same the route.
Upon passing Cape Leeuwin, JOYON sent the following message:
"Longitude Cape Leeuwin at 01.33h Universal Time. IDEC cut this longitude at 1,100 miles south of Australia. In fact, I am much more close to the Antarctic, and the climate is felt on board…"
Comparing times from the starting point in Ushant to Cape Leeuwin, MACARTHUR's was 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes, whilst JOYON's was 22 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. (Jules Verne Trophy holder Orange II
was a little over a day faster than JOYON in 21 days, 13 hours and 54 minutes).
Although JOYON's pace slowed somewhat over Thursday and Friday, he still remains well ahead of record time (2,281nm ahead of MACATHUR at the latest polling today) and has picked up speed again over the weekend. The few days weaker winds have allowed him to do some maintenance work on the equipment onboard IDEC
and he says he is now found a sleeping pattern with which he feels comfortable.
Approaching the halfway point of his voyage, which has so far gone like clockwork, and with the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin behind him, the Pacific Ocean and then Cape Horn beckons. But before then, the next four to six days will see him sailing along past the Australian coastline and across the Tasman sea.
"I intend to remain on the 53rd South. It is a relatively short route to reach the Horn and I remain 60 miles north of the iceberg limit. This seems a good compromise,"
said JOYON of the route to come.
The Record To Beat
Record: Round the World, non-stop, singlehanded
Skipper: Ellen MACATHUR (GBR)
Dates: 28 November 2004-7 February 2005
Elapsed time: 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds
Distance: 21,760 nm
Average Speed: 12.66 knots
Trimaran IDEC - www.trimaran-idec.com
World Sailing Speed Record Council - www.sailspeedrecords.com