sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : French sailor in new record: the 'Columbus' Atlantic route in 8+ days
French sailor in new record: the 'Columbus' Atlantic route in 8+ days


'Francis Joyon, IDEC'    Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC ©    Click Here to view large photo

Francis Joyon is undoubtedly one fast solo sailor. He already holds the solo round the world record, the 24-hour distance record and now the 'Columbus' Route record in his 98ft trimaran IDEC. Not content with this, this northern hemisphere spring he is set to tackle the North Atlantic record. If he achieves that, he will become the only sailor in the world to have managed this Grand Slam of 'fastest' records.

The ’Columbus’ route - the original route taken by Christopher Columbus -  .. .  

Joyon has already achieved a long list of incredible successes. He managed to sail around the world alone in just 57 days. Last summer, once again sailing solo he covered 668 miles (1237 km) in just one day, setting the 24-hour distance record at an amazing average speed of 27.83 knots.

Finally, between the 6th and 15th February, he beat his own previous record on the Columbus Route (Cadiz-San Salvador in the Bahamas, a distance of 3,884nm), taking more than one day off the record by completing the voyage in 8 days, 16 hours, 7 minutes and 5 seconds. His average speed for the entire journey was an amazing 18.66kts.

On board IDEC, his only constant companion in his record-breaking swathe, there are now some additional pieces of equipment that have made her even faster than before, foils.

So what else is there for Francis Joyon to achieve aboard his 29-metre long trimaran? Only the North Atlantic record remains.

The possibility of becoming the only sailor in the world to hold these four records at the same time is therefore within Francis Joyon’s grasp this year. Neither Ellen MacArthur, nor Thomas Coville – his two closest rivals in this field – have ever been within reach of achieving that.

To do this he must go faster than his fellow compatriot, Coville, did who holds the current record at 5 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes and 20 seconds - and that means averaging around 21knots for the entire journey.

The route itself, following that taken by the transatlantic liners, is steeped in history and has given us some of the most legendary images of sea travel. Nantucket and the Grand Banks, sailing off Nova Scotia with its violent storms and ghostly fogs. The big red trimaran is currently waiting patiently for a favourable weather opportunity. That is likely to be from early May onwards. As Joyon says: 'There are no limits to our dreams.'


by John Reed, WSSR/Sail-World Cruising

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=107731

12:11 AM Sat 23 Mar 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World











































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT