sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Photo Gallery FishingBoating Video Gallery Newsletters
Sail-World.com : Francis Joyon to reach halfway mark to The Lizard this evening
Francis Joyon to reach halfway mark to The Lizard this evening


'Maxi-trimaran Idec / Skipper Francis Joyon'    Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC ©    Click Here to view large photo

Francis Joyon, aboard his maxi-trimaran, IDEC, is on course to reach the halfway point of his journey between New York and The Lizard this evening. While at lunchtime today, based on the mathematics, he was some 100 miles off the pace set by the current record-holder, Thomas Coville, the skipper of IDEC said he was pleased with the first part of the crossing. He managed to get away from the coast of North America with all its traps and hurdles: fog, all sorts of obstacles, winds that were variable in strength and direction.

IDEC, as if marking the start of the second stage of the transatlantic crossing gybed in the middle of the day. Francis Joyon has to stick with the strongest conditions associated with the low-pressure area with winds in excess of 25 knots. He will therefore gradually be easing his way back up to a more direct route, which will see him clock up the miles more easily towards the tip of SW England, where he will finish late this week. As the hours slip by, the sailor from Locmariaquer in Brittany is sounding more and more upbeat, as he sees the low moving in a clearer direction, allowing him to be in with every chance all the way to the British Isles.

Maxi-trimaran Idec / Skipper Francis Joyon -  Jean-Marie Liot - DPPI - IDEC_©   Click Here to view large photo

The high risk sailing where the tension had remained high for Francis Joyon since the start in New York only eased off for a brief moment this lunchtime; just long enough for Francis to turn his wheel and line up his sails on the right-hand side after being on the left, and then, he accelerated away once again, with the speedo regularly indicating 29-30 knots. He had given this gybe a lot of thought after talking things through with his router Jean-Yves Bernot, and this should enable the giant IDEC trimaran to stay in this corridor of wind sweeping from west to east across the Atlantic. Francis Joyon has moved away from the bearing that saw him heading down towards Spain and Portugal, to move to colder climes, with wetter weather and cloudy skies. It may seem more hostile, but this weather is synonymous with the winds that will take him towards Northern Europe. Over the next couple of hours, the bows of the red trimaran will therefore come around to point towards the coast of Britain and Francis, just as he has been doing since leaving New York, will be taking his giant trimaran on a knife’s edge journey.

'There were a few little incidents during the night,' Francis told us, referring to moments, when two or three hulls dug into the heavy swell, which has developed in the near gales. 'I’m living life at the same pace as during my 24-hour record (set last year when he sailed 666.2 nautical miles). 'The difference is that last year, I was able to choose my route for the record, and continue to sail ahead of a low-pressure area on calm seas. Since leaving New York, I have been experiencing a heavy swell, which is sometimes very uneven and that stops the boat from gliding along smoothly.' The key to this record is in fact down to the ability of the solo sailor to sail close to the edge for as long as possible. There is no time to ease off in this transatlantic sprint, as that would lead to the boat missing out on the favourable air stream.

Maxi-trimaran Idec / Skipper Francis Joyon -  Jean-Marie Liot - DPPI - IDEC_©   Click Here to view large photo

The suspense is still high during this attempt and each hour and each mile need to be dealt with efficiently. 'I got very close to the centre of the low, within 50 miles of it,' explained Francis quickly. 'I therefore gybed to get closer to the edge of the low-pressure system, where the winds are stronger.'

Joyon is being kept busy looking at his strategy options, which he discusses with Jean-Yves Bernot, while at the same time has to make sure there is nothing wrong with the boat, and ensure that he is getting the full potential out of IDEC in the given wind strength and direction. We heard nothing at all about how the man himself is feeling. His voice of course, remains as calm as ever. He is always very careful in his choice of words and as usual, he remains measured in the way he expresses himself, whether things are going well or badly. We did however notice a slight hint of pleasure, when he told us that the low was moving in the right direction. 'When we left New York, we were far from certain about the route this low would be taking. Half of the weather models showed it heading off towards Ireland. Today, it would appear that all the models agree that it is going in the right direction for us…' After a bright spell with temperatures climbing to 20 degrees, this afternoon Francis Joyon plunged back into rain, dull weather and the wind that the big, red trimaran needs to fill its appetite.

Trimaran IDEC website


by Mer et Media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=109739

5:05 PM Thu 13 Jun 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World





Death by Dinghy by Allan Riches Brunei Bay Radio,










A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,










Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong,


World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin by World Cruising Club,


Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat by Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,


European Odyssey visits Porto by Cornell Sailing,






Where in the world are our strongest corals? by Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab,














Barnacle Busting by Neil and Ley Langford,


From Penguins to Polar Bears by Cherie Winner,








NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel by National Coastwatch,


Positive news for cruising boats in Greece by The Cruising Association,




Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging?
Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage
World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast
Four rescued after narrow boat collides with houseboat
Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution
Galley Guys on the Malty Seas
Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video
European Odyssey - La Coruña a big hit for the boats participating
Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure
Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence
Risks to penguin populations continues
ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm
Follow these tips when anchoring
Swedish couple rescued off Cook Islands
Refurbished Protector project 'better than buying new'
Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady
North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south
If all else fails read the instructions!!
ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature
Sea and Summit leg seven - Rain fails to dampen Tash's spirits   
RYA meets with Government over latest red diesel development   
Endangered species are like Movie Stars - Charlie Sheens and Tom Hanks   
Halong becomes a Super Typhoon; Japan in harm's way   
Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts   
Baltic 4 Nations rally is now in full swing   
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon   
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott   
Cruising lessons from ocean racers   
Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu   
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video   
Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video   
RYA Sea Survival Handbook – 2nd edition now available   
Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch   
Lobster Thermidor - Making Julia proud   
Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas   
Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure   
World Odyssey Race - Bringing back the Corinthian spirit   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa   
Blue Planet Odyssey Rally - Raising climate change awareness   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT