After over a month of waiting JOYON's router, Jean-Yves BERNOT (FRA) believes the weather is sufficiently favourable to merit an attempt on the eleven year old single-handed transatlantic record from New York to Lizard Point.
JOYON has been in New York on stand-by for an attempt at the eleven year old record since 10 April.
The well-known North Atlantic expert, BERNOT, is acting as JOYON's router and has been handed the task of showing IDEC the way. Yesterday he confirmed that a favourable weather system seems to be on the horizon.
|JOYON and IDEC waiting in
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'With winds of this strength and a decent angle of 110° to 130° TWA, we can easily keep up an average of 20 knots without too much effort, but of course, we can't expect perfect conditions throughout the whole trip. The main risk on this route is to see the flow drop off towards the finish, to the extent that we'll be getting home in pre-summer conditions. Having said that, a lot of records have been broken in late June or early July.'
BERNOT went on to say that if JOYON did depart for the record today it would be around 1800 hours GMT. Otherwise he predicted their would be more opportunities later in the week, or early next week.
The single-handed record for a transatlantic crossing currently stands at 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds. It was set by Laurent BOURGNON (FRA) on Primagaz back in 1994. The west to east crossing leaves Ambrose Light and finishes 2,925 miles away at Lizard Point.
Speaking about the record back in March JOYON commented, 'The main difficulty is going to be that we have to go fast all the time. The average speed is so high, that there's no time to hang around. The slightest weather hitch, the slightest hold up and the record is out of our grasp. The weather has to be just right over the six days.'
'The router is a vital tool, which is allowed within the framework of the record. The Atlantic is the time which has the fastest average speed in single-handed sailing. The chances of beating it on one attempt are low, as all the attempts over the past ten years have failed. You really have to ensure luck is with you by using all the available means.'
JOYON already holds the east to west, Plymouth to Newport transatlantic record, which he set five years ago on Eure et Loir, with a time of 9 days, 23 hours, 54 minutes and 36 seconds.