Francis JOYON (FRA) onboard the trimaran IDEC has smashed the eleven year old single-handed transatlantic record by almost a day, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
The Frenchman crossed the finish line at the Lizard, Great Britain at 12:44:03 UTC to record a time of 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds at an average speed of 19.75 knots, bettering the record by 22 hours, 33 minutes and 5 seconds.
The record as ratified by the WSSRC was set in June 1994 by Laurent BOURGNON (FRA) on Primagaz and stands at 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds, at an average speed of 17.15 knots for the 2,925nm crossing from Ambrose Light, New York, USA to the Lizard, of the south coast of Great Britain.
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JOYON left Ambrose Light just over six days ago at 08:42:26 UTC on 30 June. During the trip JOYON also bettered BOURGNON's 24 hours distance run record by three miles, recording 543nm, subject to ratification by the WSSRC.