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16 June 2013, 03:00 pm
Francois Joyon Smashes North Atlantic Record
Francis Joyon
Francis Joyon on IDEC smashes the North Atlantic record

Ambrose Point - The Lizard

Francis Joyon has shattered the singlehanded North Atlantic record crossing the finish line after just 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds*.
The time is 16 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds less than the previous record set by Thomas Coville in 2008.

Over the final stretch, Francis Joyon came very close to beating his own outright distance record over 24 hours (666.2 miles) and this enabled the Breton skipper to make important gains over the second half of the crossing, in spite of sailing some distance away from the Great Circle Route.

Current Record
Record: Transatlantic W-E, Ambrose Light to Lizard Point
Yacht: Sodebo
Name: Francis Joyon (FRA)
Date: 2008
Time: 5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes & 40 seconds
Distance: 2925 NM
Average speed: 20.97 kts

* Subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC)

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