Francis JOYON passed the Cape of Good Hope on Saturday and since then has IDEC has continued to fly and is threatening the solo 24 hour distance record.
passed the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope at 17:21 on Saturday, the first of the three great Capes he will pass on his voyage (the others being Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn). Francis JOYON reached the Cape 15 days, 7 hours and 16 minutes after departing from Brest on his solo round the world record in attempt - 4 days, 2 hours and 30 minutes faster than the current record holder Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR) (she took 19 days, 9 hours, 46 minutes). The Cape of Good Hope is 6,200 miles on a direct theoretical route from Brest, but JOYON's course had actually taken him over 7,400 miles - giving him an average speed of 20.12 knots for the first 15 days of his circumnavigation.
Not only is JOYON's time over four days faster than the current record, it is also quicker the crewed records set in 2002 and 2003 by the giant multihulls Geronimo
. The only boat to have reached the Cape faster is the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy, Orange 2
, skippered by Bruno PEYRON (FRA), who recorded a time of 14 days, 05 hours, 21 minutes in 2005.
Since passing the Cape of Good Hope, IDEC
has continued at across the Indian Ocean at a blistering pace, posting a 24 hour run of 595.6nm at the 07:56 UTC poll his morning. The latest polling at 10:58 UTC put his 24 run at 594.7nm and current speed at 25.3 knots. With a favourable weather conditions set to continue for the next couple of days, JOYON looks set to have a genuine chance to better the current solo 24 hour distance record held by Brossard
at 610.45nm, an average speed of 25.76 knots.
Although wary of the dangers of the Southern Ocean, as demonstrated by the weekend's action in the Barcelona World Race, and "extremely pleased"
with the first part of his voyage, JOYON is still looking to maximize his current advantage (at the moment he's 1,703 nm ahead of the record pace).
"I must continue on my current rate, lest I find myself stuck when depression overtakes me,"
he said on Sunday. "The wind fluctuates greatly in strength. Once it weakens, I unfurl the sails. When it intensifies, it is necessary to reduce the sails, wait until things stabilize, and then relaunch thoroughly until the wind drops agains, and so on for days."
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