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29 December 2007, 06:00 pm
JOYON Rounds The Horn In Record Time
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IDEC is now in the South Athlantic

WSSRC Record Attempt

Francis JOYON rounded Cape Horn on Friday night, nine and a half days ahead of world record pace.
Francis JOYON (FRA) sailed IDEC across the longitude of Cape Horn at 23:31 French time on Friday 28 December, 35 days, 12 hours and 36 minutes after he began his solo round the world record attempt in Brest, France. This gives JOYON an average speed of 17.13 knots for the 14,600 miles of the direct route covered (his actual distance covered is 17,900 miles at 21 knots average).

JOYON's incredible performance puts him 9 days and 11 hours ahead of the world record pace (current record holder Ellen MACARTHUR reached the same point 44 days, 23 hours and 36 minutes back in 2005). Perhaps an even better measure of JOYON's performance is, well over halfway into his circumnavigation, his time to Cape Horn is just three days slower than Orange II (32 days, 13 hours and 29 minutes), when the maxi-catamaran set the outright round the world record time in 2005, with a crew of 14.

Onboard IDEC, JOYON is refusing to get carried away. He pointed out today that MACARTHUR was four days ahead of the previous record time (set by JOYON) when she reached Cape Horn in 2005, but that lead had completely disappeared within 12 days.

"Ellen's record is extraordinary and it is still my goal. I must remain at the maximum of my ability and that of the boat," he explained.

With the Pacific Ocean behind him, JOYON is now in the South Atlantic and has entered a new phase of his record attempt. Over the past 24 hours, the sea has flattened, the wind seems to have faded and IDEC's speed has dropped from around 20 to 7-10 knots.

"From 7 metres swell, the sea suddenly flattened," says JOYON, "The Horn is a formidable barrier that breaks the swell." He also added that he would be aiming to try and recuperate some energy, and is therefore hoping for some steadier winds. "The vessel is in much better condition than me," he explained.

The Record To Beat

Record: Round the World, non-stop, singlehanded
Yacht: B&Q
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

ISAF (source: Trimaran IDEC)
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