Joyon to make transatlantic record attempt
One notable absentee from this Saturday Round the Island race is Francis Joyon - the reason is the French round the world solo record breaking legend intends to take on the solo west to east transatlantic record from New York to the Lizard aboard his Irens-Cabaret designed maxi-tri IDEC.
IDEC is now being delivered to New York where she will remain on stand-by awaiting a suitable weather window that will enable Joyon to better the present record of 5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds set by Joyon's principle competition, Thomas Coville's Sodebo back in July 2008.
Having left IDEC's base at La Trinite-sur-Mer yesterday, IDEC is expect in the 'big apple' next week.
Joyon previously set this record in July 2005 aboard his first IDEC trimaran with a time of 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds. It was after setting this record that readers will remember that IDEC 1 sadly ended up sailing on to the rocks off the Brittany coast as Joyon was returning to La Trinite.
Keeping an eye on the weather for Joyon for this record will be ace-router Jean-Yves Bernot.
"We must average 22 knots to beat the record" explains Joyon. "which actually means to sail typically at 25 knots."
Standby could be a lengthy process. Sodebo spent the entire summer of 2009 on standby in New York, before Coville was forced to throw in the towel when no weather window materialised.
IDEC has not been modified since she finished second behind Franck Cammas and Groupama 3 in last autumn's Route du Rhum. "I had a suit of nine sails for the Route dh Rhum which is perfect for this attempt," says Joyon. "I just replaced my big gennaker which exploded just before the finish in Guadeloupe."
Read more about IDEC and Sodebo here