France. Francis Joyon IDEC to attack solo round the world record again with a new IDEC
Francis Joyon on IDEC
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Tuesday, 09 May 2006
Translation Marian Martin:


French navigator Francis Joyon will leave, in the autumn of 2007, on an attempt to retake the most extreme of sailing records; the solo round the world voyage, non-stop, via the three Capes. Joyon will be on board a new generation multihull, IDEC II.

Already holder of a formidable record time for the Atlantic crossing (6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds), the Locmariaquer sailor fervently wishes to recover a title that the young British wonder, Ellen MacArthur, took from him last year, with a time of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds. The strong support of his partner IDEC will give Francis the means to take on this challenge, with the start, this summer, of construction of a giant prototype trimaran, designed by Nigel Irens & Bernard Caberet.

Joyon took the round the world record, in 2004, with IDEC (formerly Sport Elec), a 27 metre trimaran designed and built for crewed record breaking. Ellen MacArthur, in a trimaran specially designed for solo sailing, broke that record by just 36 hours. Her exploit owed nothing to chance, the Castorama trimaran – also an Irens design - was the result of a vast amount of work aimed at providing a platform that was made to measure for Ellen. This time round the world, Francis - who until now has made do with boats accessible to his limited budget – will have a machine built to fit his ideas and capabilities. For several months now, the sailor, Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret have been working out the profile and specification of the new trimaran IDEC, to be built by Dominique Marsaudon, in Lorient.

As for Francis, Joyon remains Joyon, the intuitive adventurer that nothing fazes, the quiet force that hasn’t yet tapped its limits, the open hearted man who says little, but smiles confidently about his “formidable desire to reconquer.”
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