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Old 23-11-2007, 15:52   #1
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This Is Inspiring!

From today's 'Lectronic Latitude, comes word that Francis Joyon has commenced his assault on the solo circumnavigation record:

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"Joyon Starts Attack on Solo Circumnavigation Record

"November 23, 2007 – Brest, France

"If the off-the-water battles for the America's Cup disgust you, there is an antidote, and it's Frenchman Francis Joyon, who today started his assault on the solo around the world record of 71 days, 14 hours and 18 minutes. That record was set by Ellen MacArthur — who claims that she still hasn't recovered from the effort it took — with the trimaran B&Q/Castorama.


"The low-key Joyon is too busy preparing for and setting incredible records that he doesn't have much time - or interest - in talking about them."
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Old 23-11-2007, 17:00   #2
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I dunno....... that boat doesn't look seaworthy........it's built for speed........not heavy enough.......etc. etc....
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Old 23-11-2007, 18:47   #3
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Is there a website following his progress?
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Old 23-11-2007, 19:04   #4
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Is there a website following his progress?
Indeed there is, OT. Check it out here:

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Old 23-11-2007, 19:20   #5
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We use to have a tri here in the marina called "running with scissors". I imagine this IDEC is going to be just as touchy. Going w/o sleep and trying to keep it upright IS going to be a challenge. Wish him luck!
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Indeed there is, OT. Check it out here:

Trimaran IDEC

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It's a good site, in French though.. it looks like it has a real-time progress record. When I looked he had been going around 16 hours, and was sailing at 23.3kts in 20 kts of wind.
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Old 23-11-2007, 22:46   #7
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Going w/o sleep and trying to keep it upright IS going to be a challenge. Wish him luck!
So much of a challenge that even chicks can do it (Ellen MacArthur).

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So much of a challenge that even chicks can do it (Ellen MacArthur).

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And she was how old???? Not 57!

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I know what it's like to be 57, even as good of shape I'm in, lack of sleep still creates bad judgement an slow reflexes. I wish him the best!
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And she was how old???? Not 57!
And how small is she? A tiny little thing.

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I know what it's like to be 57, even as good of shape I'm in, lack of sleep still creates bad judgement an slow reflexes. I wish him the best!
totally understand.

I thought you were more getting at needing to be some sort of Gorilla to tame the beast (boat)

And that it was bound to end up upside down because of the lack of said Gorilla

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Joyon's site: Trimaran IDEC

Some photos: BYM Gallery - IDEC

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I dunno....... that boat doesn't look seaworthy........it's built for speed........not heavy enough.......etc. etc....
Remember the old racer’s adage: “if it breaks, it’s too light - if it doesn’t, it’s too heavy”
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He's just ahead of Ellen's time ATM.
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Update - November 28, 2007

Here's a report on Joyon's progress from today's 'Lectronic Latitude:

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"Joyon Ahead of MacArthur's Record Pace


"November 28, 2007 – Atlantic Ocean


"Oh Lord, he is so small, but his ship and his speed are so great!
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"Although Frenchman Francis Joyon only started on November 27 [sic - was actually Nov. 23], he and his 100-ft trimaran IDEC, thanks to back-to-back 500+ mile days, have put themselves 313 miles ahead of Dame Ellen MacArthur's singlehanded around-the-world record pace. During his best 24 hours, Joyon averaged 24.2 knots. . . . "

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It's believed that if he maintains his pace, he will start passing the Barcelona World Race (doublehanded around the world) fleet, which is sailed in the latest and greatest Open 60 monohulls, later this week. That fleet started from Barcelona (Spain) 16 days before Joyon left Brest on the Atlantic coast of France.
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I understand he is ahead of the time set by orange II just a few years ago this guy is a machine.
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Nice article in today's 'Lectronic Latitude about IDEC, as well as other multihulls racing around the world:

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"Multihulls Racing Around the World

"December 3, 2007 – The Atlantic Ocean

" . . . While the nine-boat Barcelona around-the-world fleet is certainly worth following, by no means miss the efforts of singlehander Francis Joyon and his new 100-ft trimaran IDEC, who are going after the singlehanded around the world record set by Ellen MacArthur with the trimaran B&Q / Castrorama, as well as Franck Cammas and his crew on the 105-ft maxi trimaran Groupama III, who are going after the Jules Verne around-the-world record for crewed boats.


"Francis Joyon set off from Brest, France 10 days ago in an effort to break Dame Ellen MacArthur solo around the world record.
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" . . . it's true that IDEC has gotten off to a very fast start. For after just 10 days of sailing, Joyon and his bright red trimaran are already 752 miles ahead of the pace that MacArthur set in establishing her 71-day record run. You'll recall that in making a new record, MacArthur beat Joyon's previous time, set in a very old boat with old sails, by a matter of just hours. . . "

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