FRANCIS JOYON WILL BE TACKLING THE JULES VERNE TROPHY AGAIN
Friday, 8th April
It’s now official: Francis Joyon will be setting off in the autumn to try to improve on the Jules Verne Trophy record time. It will once again be on his IDEC SPORT ‘ultime’ trimaran with a crew that he will attempt to complete the voyage in under 45 days. We met up with him to find out more.
Francis, this time it is official. A year after your first attempt, you will be setting off around the world again in the autumn to tackle the Jules Verne Trophy.
“Yes… we have not yet finished the job, so we’re going back. When we finished in Brest on 8th January (after 47 days, 14 hours and 47 minutes), we even thought about setting off again a few days later… but that was more or less said as a joke, as there was after all some work to do on the boat. This time, we are serious: we will move to stand-by in late October this year to make another attempt.”
IDEC SPORT COMPLETES THE ADVENTURE AFTER 47 DAYS 14 HOURS AND 47 MINUTES
JULES VERNE TROPHY
January 8th, 2016
IDEC SPORT crossed the finishing line off Ushant at 1650hrs UTC on Friday 8th January. Francis Joyon and his crew of five took 47 days 14 hours and 47 minutes to sail around the world. This was the third best time in the history of the Jules Verne Trophy
IDEC SPORT has begun the final stretch. Early this afternoon, Francis Joyon and his men had around 700 miles to sail. They had hoisted the big gennaker in 30 knots of wind and heavy seas. They should cross the line late tomorrow afternoon and get back to Brest for dinner.
Francis Joyon and his men are preparing for the final battle. IDEC SPORT will be facing three stormy days and three stormy nights before completing their round the world voyage. It will be getting tough from this evening.
Around 800 miles west of the Azores this afternoon, IDEC SPORT is sailing at 32 knots and carrying out a series of gybes: four since the middle of the night. Once again, they are sailing at full speed. “We are on the edge of the high-pressure area. That is why occasionally we have to head back up north to find some more wind,“ explained Francis Joyon. So far, everything is fine. “The seas are quite pleasant. We have an average wind speed of 25 knots and clear, blue skies. We’re paying attention to avoid getting too close to the high, while analysing what is coming up in the next few hours,” the skipper of IDEC SPORT told us.
As we have said over the past few days, the Jules Verne Trophy record is not going to be beaten this year. The small areas of low pressure and the large highs spread across the Pacific and South Atlantic in particular, have dashed the hopes and ambitions of the two contenders, IDEC SPORT and Spindrift 2, in spite of their determination and hard work. However, the sporting spirit remains with the desire to get the most out of the racing machine right up to the end of this voyage. There is also the desire to share the friendship that has developed between six world-class sailors over all the miles they have sailed together. There is also the competitive spirit which can be seen as they try to find the best way to get to the finish with the various obstacles that lie along the route. Aboard IDEC SPORT, after 43 days of intensive sailing, they have the same desire to sail the final 2700 miles of the theoretical route, as they had back on the first day, as they are determined to get the best time possible off Ushant.
A 2600 millas de la línea de llegada en Ouessant y en el inicio de su 43º día en el mar, Spindrift 2 cuenta tan sólo con 266 millas de retraso sobre la marca, pero ya no podrá mejorar el tiempo de récord del Trofeo Julio Verne establecido en 2012 en 45 días, 13 horas, 42 minutos y 53 segundos. Aunque la tripulación ha peleado al máximo logrando reducir la distancia más de 700 millas en tres días, la meteorología ha sellado su destino. El anticiclón de las Azores ha bloqueado la ruta directa y se esperan violentas tormentas en lo sucesivo, con un mar impracticable, por lo que las condiciones en e Atlántico hacen que sea imposible para la tripulación finalizar la circunnavegación a tiempo. Desde hoy, la tripulación de Spindrift 2 se ha visto obligada a levantar el pie del acelerador y dejar de navegar en modo récord.
After crossing the line separating the hemispheres on December 31 at 17:33 UTC/GMT, Spindrift 2 is 1 day 10 hours 46 minutes and 550 miles behind the holder of the Jules Verne Trophy. But with 3,200 miles to go until the finish line in front of the Ushant lighthouse, the trimaran led by Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their 12 teammates is holding on to the goal of finishing in less than 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds, the record to beat for sailing around the world.