Joyon averages 500 miles a day in record attempt

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Only four days after leaving Brest Francis Joyon is recording 500 mile-a-day averages on his solo round the world record attempt.

Francis Joyon (FRA)and his IDEC trimaran have tripled their lead over the record-pace and are now theoretically 280 miles ahead of Ellen MACARTHUR’s time.

Speaking yesterday Joyon commented, 'It’s not going badly at all; I’m sailing in a bit of a disturbed trade wind, with some little squalls. The wind is north-east, between 18 and 25 knots, and the boat is slipping along at 22 knots.'

The Record To Beat
Record: Round the World, non-stop, singlehanded
Yacht: B&Q
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

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