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5 July 2005, 03:36 pm
JOYON Flying Towards New Record
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WSSRC Record Attempt

The eleven year old single-handed transatlantic record is looking increasingly vulnerable as Francis JOYON (FRA) on the trimaran IDEC flies through the 500 mile to go mark as he heads towards the Lizard, Great Britain.
JOYON has to finish the 2,925 mile crossing by 11:16:08 UTC on 7 July to break Laurent BOURGNON's (FRA) existing record of 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds.

After two gybes to put the giant trimaran on a final course for the Lizard, JOYON has spent the day gradually increasing his theoretical lead over the record with the tracker now putting him 249nm ahead of BOURGNON's time, after averaging 20 knots since he left Ambrose Light, USA last Thursday.

Currently all looks good for JOYON with his router Jean-Yves BERNOT (FRA) sure that IDEC will have wind until the finish, which now looks likely to be sometime tomorrow afternoon. However the record has proved notoriously difficult to break in the past and the Frenchman will know to take nothing for granted.

ISAF (Source: trimaran-idec.com). Image, Less than 500 miles to go!:© F. Van Malleghem/Mer & Média
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