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12 December 2007, 09:41 am
New World Record For JOYON
Francis JOYON at the helm of IDEC
614 miles for JOYON

WSSRC Record Attempt

Francis JOYON onboard the IDEC trimaran has broken the singlehanded 24 hour distance record, after covering 613.54nm at an average speed of 25.85 knots.
The record is subject to ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC). The previous best distance was set last year at 610.45nm by Yvan BOURGNON (FRA) onboard Brossard (average speed of 25.76 knots).

Francis JOYON (FRA) initially broke the record at 01:16 UTC this morning with a distance of 611.2nm, and has extended the record at every hourly poll since. At the 06:18 UTC poll the distance was up to 614.0nm and JOYON was polled at 25.8 knots, so the French skipper may well further extend his record distance later on today.

So far JOYON's passage across the Indian Ocean has been remarkable. As he enters his 19th day at sea this morning, JOYON was 1,960nm ahead of Ellen MACARTHUR's (GBR) pace for the solo round the world record. He is just about to pass the Kerguelen archipelago, with Cape Leeuwin the next big marker after that. However, JOYON is expecting his incredible pace to drop off somewhat soon, as the weather changes. This at least will offer him an opportunity to try and get some rest and recuperate.

The Record To Beat

Record: Longest Distance Run in 24 Hours, Singlehanded
Yacht: Brossard
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
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 -
World Sailing Speed Record Council -
ISAF (source: Trimaran IDEC)
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