Joyon marginal about Round the Island Race record
Francis Joyon is set to take part in the JPMorgan Round the Island Race this weekend aboard his solo non-stop round the world record holding 30m trimaran, IDEC.
Over the winter the boat has undergone modifications including the installation of lifting foils in the floats and a mainsail that has been enlarged by 30sqm.
Joyon is also the holder of the Round the Island Race record time of 3 hours 8 minutes and 29 seconds and Joyon will be gunning to better this time, especially as it is IDEC's first race following her modifications.
"We will push the boat to validate the changes” explains Joyon, “because for the moment we know it all functions in the Bay of Quiberon, but in a race it is different of course”.
The delivery to Cowes will also be a chance to test all the modifications. “We will leave Thursday morning at daybreak” explains Joyon, “but it is upwind and undoubtedly we will have to tack. It could take 30 to 36 hours to reach Cowes… We hope that there will be a little time for us to sleep before the start on Saturday morning!”
Board with Joyon will be three other sailors - Bertrand Cudennec, boat-captain Christophe Houdet and Roger Ganovelli, known for inventing an anti-capsize device for multihulls. As usual Joyon will be joined for the race by triple Olympic medallist Rodney Pattison
So will he beat the record? “For the moment, the weather doesn't look like it will provide the right conditions. The wind angle is good, in the northern sector, but it needs to increase by two knots per day at least by Saturday. Approximately we need the wind to reach 20 knots if we are to have a chance,” explains Joyon. But there is not the primary reson to take part which is to determine whether the modifications live up to all that is expected of them for IDEC's major race this year - the Route du Rhum Banque Postale.
Weatherwise - the European model is now suggesting that the wind will be 15-20 knots from the northeast, backing into the north over the course of the morning. The US model is showing the wind staying in the NNE but with slightly less pressure.