The IDEC trimaran crossed the finishing line off Brest on Sunday 20 January 2008 at 00:39:58 French time (23:39:58 UTC on Saturday 19 January 2008). At the age of 51, Francis JOYON (FRA) is once again the fastest solo yachtsman around the world having completed the voyage in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. He has shattered the previous record, held since 2005 by the British yachtswoman, Ellen MACARTHUR by 14 days, 44 minutes and 27 seconds.
It is truly an incredible performance: while JOYON thought it was possible to bring the time down to below 70 days (the time to beat was 71 days and 14 hours), the sailor from Locmariaquer in Southern Brittany has brought it down to below 60 days and even to below 58 days. On board IDEC, JOYON has covered more than 26,400 nautical miles at the astonishing average speed of 19.09 knots.
JOYON also becomes the only solo sailor in the world to have grabbed the non-stop single-handed round the world voyage record aboard a multihull on two occasions after a first record back in 2004. A feat that was has only been bettered once since then and that was when MACARTHUR successfully completed her voyage in 2005, which led to her being awarded the title of Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.
The Second Best Time Ever
We also should add that JOYON has just achieved the second best time ever for sailing around the world, including crewed voyages! Thus, the crewed record set by Steve FOSSETT's (USA) giant Cheyenne (58 days, 9 hours and 32 minutes in April 2004) has been beaten. Only the crew of Bruno PEYRON's (FRA) maxi-catamaran Orange II has sailed around the world faster, when they set the outright record of just over 50 days in 2005.
On board his giant trimaran, designed by the design team of Irens/Cabaret, JOYON has the additional satisfaction of sailing all the way around the world "cleanly", without the use of any fossil fuel (no engine), generating his own energy with a wind turbine and solar panels.
After a final week that was very tough on the nerves - a shroud threatened to collapse, which would have led to IDEC dismasting -JOYON will remain at sea for a few more hours after crossing the line. He will come ashore in Brest Commercial Harbour on Sunday morning at 09:00 local time.
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