Francis JOYON highlighted an incredible day with a record-breaking 24 hour distance run of 616.07nm across the Indian Ocean.
The record breaking distance, set between 15:00 UTC on 10-11 December, is subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
Wednesday 12 December, 19 days after Francis JOYON (FRA) set sail from Brest on his IDEC
trimaran, was the most incredible day yet of his solo round the world record attempt. At every poll between 02:00 and 18:00 UTC, the Frenchman posted 24 hour runs of over 610 miles (the previous solo 24 distance record was 610.45nm set by by Yvan BOURGNON (FRA) onboard Brossard in 2006).
JOYON was delighted, if a little surprised, at his record breaking run, "I did not intend to break the 24 hour record, but the requirements [of setting the solo round the world record] mean I have to push as hard as I can…The [24 hour] record is the icing on the cake."
Previous record holder BOURGNON was one of the first to congratulate JOYON, "I am passing all my congratulations on to Francis on the new 24 hour record," he said, adding he was not disappointed to lose the record to such "a great champion that I admire".
Since yesterday, JOYON's pace has slowed a little, with the latest poll at 10:40 giving him at 567nm distance run and a current speed of 23 knots. He is expecting the second half of his journey across the Indian Ocean to continue at a slightly less blistering pace, as a big high pressure system lies between the Kerguelen archipelago and Cape Leeuwin on the southern tip of Australia.
JOYON's tactic is to curse his course to a latitude of 50 degrees south, sliding under the anticyclone in an attempt to find the northwest winds as soon as possible. With his decrease in speed, JOYON will also be able to recuperate some of his energy after several days at an almost constant top speed.
The Record To Beat
Record: Longest Distance Run in 24 Hours, Singlehanded
Skipper: Yvan BOURGNON (FRA)
Dates: 6-7 August 2006
Distance: 610.45 nm
Average Speed: 25.76 knots
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