Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails 3Di 60 - 728x90

Race record for IDEC Sport at 2018 Route du Rhum

by North Sails 12 Nov 2018 11:02 PST 12 November 2018
Francis Joyon (IDEC Sport) after crossing the line in Guadeloupe in first place in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe © Alexis Courcoux

Francis Joyon has set a new race record and won the 2018 Route du Rhum, in what was the closest finish since the race began in 1978.

The transatlantic race came down to the final moments with Joyon closing out François Gabart and the wounded Macif by a mere seven minutes and eight seconds.

This is the eighth Route du Rhum for Joyon, an offshore sailing veteran, who has set multiple speed records throughout his career. Joyon beats the previous Route du Rhum record set by Loïck Peyron in 2014 by just 46 minutes and 45 seconds.

For an extra twist in the plot, Joyon was sailing an older generation Ultime, the same boat Peyron sailed in 2014 under the name Banque Populaire VII. Bravo Francis! And the entire North Sails network joins your team in cheering #GoFrancis.

Read more here

Related Articles

North Sails Weekly Debrief
St Barths Bucket, Melges World League Preview, World Champ Insights, Downwind Sails The annual St Barths Bucket had their first race today, with a full weekend of superyacht sailing ahead. Hear why this “must do” Corinthian regatta is a truly unique event. Posted on 24 Mar
St Barths Bucket Regatta preview
Superyachts ready to race in this 'must do' regatta The St Barths Bucket is a ‘must do' regatta for more than its tropical location. This annual event is considered one of the most Corinthian events of the superyacht circuit, mixing great sailing with a casual vibe that is enjoyed by owners, their guests Posted on 21 Mar
North Sails Weekly Debrief
North Sails at Newport Shipyard, Star R&D, The Ocean Race, M32: Get Onboard This new sales office headed up by Superyacht Sales Expert Mike Toppa is located in the heart of the vibrant Newport Shipyard. Posted on 16 Mar
North Sails in the heart of Newport activity
New sales office to open May 1st at Newport Shipyard North Sails is pleased to announce the opening of a new sales office in Newport, Rhode Island. Located in the heart of the vibrant Newport Shipyard, the team believes that this location will give Grand Prix, One Design, Multihull, Cruising and Superyacht Posted on 15 Mar
North Sails Weekly Debrief
Flavia Tomiselli is a grand prix sail designer based in Palma Flavia Tomiselli is a grand prix sail designer based in Palma, and now she's breaking into something even bigger as part of the North Sails Superyacht Hub. Posted on 9 Mar
Tom Dodson returns to North Sails
Sailing legend a key hire for supporting superyacht clients Following a long career in sailing spanning two Olympic Games, numerous America's Cup cycles and everything in between, native Kiwi Tom Dodson has rejoined North Sails as a Sales Expert with a particular focus on the vibrant superyacht segment. Posted on 7 Mar
North Sails Weekly Debrief
Etchells Speed Reading, #NSVictoryList, Expert Spotlight, See You There Expert Chris Snow interviewed two-time World Champion, Andrew “Dog” Palfrey, the developer of the popular Mast Lever System. Learn how the mast lever system can optimize your boat speed. Posted on 2 Mar
North Sails Weekly Debrief
RORC Caribbean 600 Takeover and #NSVictoryList Peter and David Askew's VO70 Wizard wins the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. Wizard was the first to finish of the monohulls and had the best corrected time under IRC. Posted on 23 Feb
North Sails Weekly Debrief
OK Dinghy World Champ, See you there, J/24 Class Leader, Headstay Sag Dan Slater has won the 2019 OK Dinghy Worlds in Auckland, NZL hosted by Wakatere Boating Club. Posted on 16 Feb
North Sails Weekly Debrief
Stars + Stripes choose North, North U., OK Dinghy Class Leader, Helix North Sails is proud to announce we have been selected to supply sails and design expertise to Stars + Stripes Team USA. Posted on 9 Feb
YY.com app (top)