Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 33 728x90

Francis Joyon to reach halfway mark to The Lizard this evening

by Mer et Media on 14 Jun 2013
Maxi-trimaran Idec / Skipper Francis Joyon Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC © http://www.trimaran-idec.com/
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.

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.

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

Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Flight of the Pterodactyls
And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. OK. Well that pretty much sets up a mindset from a time long, long ago. However, this is something from the here and now. And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. The SuperFoiler is 7.9m long, 5.14m wide, has a 12.5m rig and a 295kg sailing weight. It has been developed to be the fastest course yacht ever, so to get a handle on
Posted on 27 Nov
St-Barth Cata Cup - Day goes to Pierre Le Clainche and Antoine Joubert
They are getting familiar with top of leaderboard of Cata Cup and toady was no exception for French duo Le Clainche They are getting familiar with the top of the leaderboard of the St Barth Cata Cup and toady was no exception for the French duo Le Clainche and Joubert, with a first place finish in the morning and a second place in the afternoon.
Posted on 20 Nov
St-Barth Cata Cup - Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani in action
Day 2 was more challenging for crews. In the end, Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani who came out winners The second day of racing was somewhat more challenging for the crews. In the end, it was Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani who came out winners of the St-Barth Assurances Allianz Grand Prize.
Posted on 19 Nov
Helm Events- Official Guest Yacht Supplier of the 35th America's Cup
In 2017 Bermuda will host the most prestigious and historic international sporting event in the world. In 2017 Bermuda will host the most prestigious and historic international sporting event in the world, the 35th America's Cup, with Helm Events announced as the official charter yacht supplier. Fans and spectators can now combine the excitement of witnessing this thrilling live sporting event with a week staying on-board their own catamaran.
Posted on 18 Nov
St Barth Cata Cup - Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot in action
The Race Committee had a surprise in store to kick-off 2016 edition of the St Barth Cata Cup: the Round the Island race The Race Committee had a surprise in store to kick-off the 2016 edition of the St Barth Cata Cup: the Round the Island race, usually held on the Saturday. The fleet started at 1:30 pm on the right of St-Jean Baie to leave Tortue on starboard, continuing to a race mark in Anse de Saline.
Posted on 18 Nov
World Sailing - Women highest polling candidates for Vice-President
Women candidates polled the highest in the election for Vice-President at the just concluded World Sailing General Assem Women candidates polled the highest in the election for Vice-President at the just concluded World Sailing General Assembly. There were fifteen candidates for seven positions on the former Executive Committee now the Board of World Sailing. In the full voting results just released by World Sailing, female candidates took three of the top four positions.
Posted on 16 Nov
World Sailing - GAC Pindar sign long term partnership with world body
GAC Pindar have confirmed that they have entered in to partnership with World Sailing. GAC Pindar have signed a memorandum of understanding for a long-term partnership with the international governing body and the anticipated relationship will see GAC Pindar become an Official Partner of World Sailing. The relationship will last until 31 December 2020, with GAC Pindar granted exclusivity in the marine logistics and shipping sector.
Posted on 10 Nov
World Sailing Conference - Forum on Sponsorship and New Media + Video
The Commercial Strategy for the Sport Forum was hosted by broadcaster, adventurer and sailor, Hannah White The Commercial Strategy for the Sport Forum was hosted by broadcaster, adventurer and sailor, Hannah White, who was joined by an expert line up of speakers.
Posted on 10 Nov
World Sailing to explore new commercial models
Sailing is a dynamic and unique mix of sport, technology and nature. Sailing is a dynamic and unique mix of sport, technology and nature. The recently announced focus for the sport - 'harnessing the power of nature' - brings with it enormous opportunities for building commercial partnerships and new revenue streams.
Posted on 6 Nov
Paralympic - Class search continues - capsizing + righting the Weta
Most would have wondered what would have happened had the Weta flipped on the wheel-chair sailor. With World Sailing yet to announce its strategy for getting Sailing back into the Paralympics, and looking at the options for new boats, or staying with the existing classes which rely on fixed or sliding keels to provide stability. Multihulls are one option for a re-vamped Paralympics, as a replacement boat or new event.
Posted on 2 Nov