Joyon has been pushing hard to maintain his position ahead of a weather front in the Southern Ocean and this has produced the perfect conditions for his incredible performance.
“As long as I stay ahead of the depression, I have a northwest wind to 25/30 knots perfect for the boat,” said the Frenchman. Things will now become more difficult however with the wind moving into the South West which will have a big affect on the sea conditions.
The record will be subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. The previous record was established on August 6, 2006 by the ORMA 60 Trimaran Brossard with Yvan Bourgnon at the helm - a distance of 610.45 miles.
Our congratulations to Francis.