Francis Joyon approaches Horn at full speed

IDEC Francis Joyon

Francis Joyon on IDEC2 is covering over 500nm each 24 hours as he approaches Cape Horn on what could be his last day in the Pacific Ocean.

As Joyon approaches the end of only his 35th day at sea he can expect to round Cape Horn and enter the South Atlantic during today, Friday. Still sailing in an akward cross sea Joyon has been able to push IDEC to over 21 knots and is now 3,466nm ahead of Ellen MacArthur's record pace, with 7,298 to go.

During last night, Joyon reassembled some units of the slider and was then able to sail at full speed again. At 06:00hrs this morning he had covered 517 miles in the last 24 hours, sailing at nearly 23 knots over the ground.

Walking distance Cape Leeuwin-Cape Horn is more than 12 days. Based on the times achieved in 2002 by the maxi catamaran Orange crewed 1, Joyon is two days better that Macarthur in 2004.