Francis Joyon abandons make an effort to break round the globe record

French sailor Francis Joyon and his crew have actually abandoned their attempt to break the across the globe record in maxi trimaran IDEC Sport after squalls and calms within the Doldrums thwarted their pace

Tricky conditions into the Doldrums have actually thwarted the IDEC Sport Jules Verne effort

Tricky conditions in the Doldrums have actually thwarted the IDEC Sport Jules Verne effort

French sailor Francis Joyon has abandoned their try to break the fully-crewed round the planet record the Jules Verne Trophy. He turned his 100ft trimaran IDEC Sport around after experiencing desperate situations in Doldrums.

Returning to Brest as well as the begin type of the record route now means he and his crew could potentially make another start the record this winter season.

IDEC Sport left Brest on 20 November in moderate breezes, but could connect into strong tradewinds at the Canary isles. The team of Joyon, Bernard Stamm (SUI), Boris Herrmann (GER), Alex Pella (ESP), Clément Surtel and Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA) made good gains regarding the record of 45 days 13 hours set by Loïck Peyron and Banque Populaire V and by November 24 had overtaken Peyron’s time. They approached the Cape Verde islands at an average speed of 29 knots while the team covered very nearly 700 kilometers in twenty four hours inside 100ft trimaran.

Joyon was initially confident of earning a good crossing to the Southern Hemisphere. However, the Intertropical Convergence Zone – the Doldrums – turned out to be especially active, with violent squalls and extended calms. Joyon reported:

“If you total up the ability of the six of us, you’re taking a look at a few dozen crossings of this area. However it is hell out right here with rainfall that’s getting heavier and heavier making several centimetres of water in the deck, while the skies are incredibly black colored it’s like night. Unexpected violent gusts hit united states, so we need to sail downwind for some moments before choosing the sails flapping with no wind at all.”


Boris Herrmann helms IDEC Sport

However, the Doldrums became too unstable allowing for record-breaking pace, Joyon commented from watercraft today:

“That [above] was just the introduction on 30 hours that could follow. I can keep in mind a particular moment at night with Alex [Pella] at the helm under complete mainsail and big gennaker, whenever we had been forced to operate downwind in 40 knots of wind. This wasn’t one big gust, but wind that lasted a fairly number of years, to your degree that people wondered how long it might be ahead of the watercraft capsized if it got any worse. Under full sail in the dark with sails available, we sped along at night without making time for the path, merely to move away from the worst.

“Then, there were the calms with the trimaran drifting at one knot, a snail’s speed.

“We saw the hours sliding by. Hours as soon as we must have been hopping onto a minimal a long way south, that was heading for the Cape of Good Hope without us. These morning we should will be in the south-easterly trade winds, but it was too late. The stopwatch, often on our side, ended up being against united states, so all we could do had been head north to return over the Doldrums and towards Brittany to give it another get later.

Joyon's group had been in front of the record at Cape Verde islands, but slowed down because they approached the Equator

Joyon’s group had been ahead of the record during the Cape Verde islands, but slowed as they approached the Equator

Blistering speeds for solo record challenge

This is actually the 2nd consecutive frustration for Joyon. Last autumn the group effectively rounded the globe, but didn’t beat Peyron’s present impressive record of 45 times, 13 hours, 42 moments and 53 seconds, emerge 2012 up to speed the 130ft Banque Populaire V. The 2015 effort saw IDEC Sport return house after 47 times and 14 hours, four hours slower than competing challengers Spindrift 2.

IDEC Sport is expected to arrive in Brittany by next week-end, in which they will go back to ‘stand-by mode’ while they await another weather screen.

“We’re not giving up. The thought of turning straight back is obviously section of this challenge so we had discussed it ahead of the come from Brest final weekend. We shall be going back in the squalls into the Doldrums and hope to reach Brest next Sunday to go on stand by again,” Joyon commented.

Meanwhile fellow French skipper Thomas Coville is currently over 970 miles prior to the solo round the world record, cruising their maxi trimaran, Sodebo Ultim. This may be a record that’s been held by Francis Joyon since 2008.

To beat Joyon’s time of 57 days 13 hours 34 mins and 6 seconds, Coville must finish on or before 2 January 2017 to simply take the name of fastest solamente sailor around the globe.

He’s currently about 1,200 kilometers south of Australia, rushing at 57°S at the average rate of 28-29 knots. Follow his progress at

Thomas Coville is inside Southern Oceans, in front of Joyon's solamente record time

Thomas Coville is currently in the Southern Oceans, in front of Joyon’s solamente record time

Kleven’s brand new explorer U116 spotted on ocean trials

The yacht is really a bigger sistership to Ulysses, that was delivered earlier in the day in 2010.

Spotted on sea studies into the Norwegian fjords, the latest personal yacht to launch for Kleven is 116-metre explorer U116, which will be rumoured to additionally be called Ulysses once the owner’s current Ulysses, the 107-metre U107, is sold. The yacht may be the 2nd Kleven for veteran yacht owner Graeme Hart, who also owned a past Ulysses, a 59.7-metre Trinity now called Grand Rusalina, that has been a local favourite in her house port of Auckland.

The yacht bears many of the same hallmarks as Ulysses, like the state-of-the-art connection, unfaired hull, helicopter deck and dedicated foredeck room for tenders and toys (including a large storage at ocean degree for land cars, scuba diving equipment and additional ocean toys). U107 has a cradle and custom crane for stowing U21, the 50-knot, 22-metre catamaran chase boat, and U116 appears to enjoy a similar create.

The exterior styling is remarkably comparable, with the exact same rectangular windows and wide, squared-off deck areas. The only real significant dissimilar to consider the two yachts may be the colour regarding the hull, aided by the design team deciding on a deep blue finish on U116 in the place of Ulysses’s light grey.

Picture: Berge Myrene

Three great charter alternatives from Imperial

A trio of impressive charter yachts from Imperial’s fleet

Among Imperial’s line-up of charter yachts for next summer time could be the 81.8-metre RoMEA, cruising in Caribbean this winter as well as the Western Med next summer from €875,000pw. The 2015 Abeking & Rasmussen boasts superb inside and exterior styling by Terence Disdale, and never for nothing does Imperial explain the woman as “one of the very exclusive charter vessels in the market”. Guest facilities come with a spa and therapeutic massage space, and interior and outdoor cinemas. She sleeps 12 visitors.

The 40.5-metre Manifiq is a Mondomarine from 2010. She invested final wintertime undergoing an enormous refit, which included a fresh eight-seat hot-tub regarding the sundeck, refreshed interiors plus an 88in HD display screen installed inside her upper deck cinema. She boasts a charter licence to cruise into the Balearics and Barcelona. Sleeping ten, she charters in Western Mediterranean from €145,000pw.


Photo of Astra by Jeff Brown

Astra had been back in the Western Med come july 1st after having a cold weather operating between Caribbean and Panama, and cruising around Galapagos. The 55-metre Amels Limited Editions from 2014 rests ten visitors with 13 crew and charters next summer time from €275,000pw. She’s full of watersports toys.

• A form of this tale appeared in SuperYacht World Issue 51

Turquoise 74-metre Barracuda in build

Steel-and-aluminium new create created by H2 Yacht Design begins construction at Turquoise Yachts

Exterior styling is through H2 Yacht Design, whom collaborated with Turquoise on a current 77-metre project, and previously created two 70-metres for the garden, Talisman C and Vicky, established last year and 2013 respectively. Barracuda builds regarding technical platform and styling of those yachts. The inside of Barracuda is designed by Ken Freivokh.

Turquoise 74-metre Barracuda


The Turquoise 74-metre Barracuda has accommodation for 12 within an owner’s suite, two VIPs and four visitor cabins. “The directing considerations have been the satisfaction associated with sea and maximum integration between your decks,” the yard states. A striking feature regarding the outside could be the straight windows amidships, and a key visitor feature inside could be the triple-height atrium, by having a spiral staircase involving the decks and glass floors to further start the areas up.


Turquoise 74-metre Barracuda

the 47-metre Razan, also created by H2. Construction at garden has started on Nuvolari Lenard-designed 66-metre.

Three team and two kids rescued into the Atlantic from sinking ARC yacht

The team of the German yacht, including two kids, getting involved in the ARC transatlantic rally were rescued after it began sinking and additionally they cannot locate the foundation of the drip

A crew of five getting involved in the ARC transatlantic rally is rescued after their yacht started sinking yesterday. The crew of German-flagged Noah: Alexander Grefrath, their wife, Alexandra, their two sons aged 12 and 10 and crewmember Jörg Zeibig, were evacuated to a research ship, the RRS James Cook.

The yacht, a one-off aluminium-built BM39 by Berckemeyer Yacht Design, began accepting huge amounts of water three days following the start of rally from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia. Grefrath and their team had been some 340 miles south-west of Gran Canaria at the time.

These were struggling to locate the origin of the breach.

The skipper contacted ARC rally control at 1218UTC on 23 November, and was handed some advice about trying to find where the water ended up being coming in, but he was struggling to do so.

Grefrath issued a Mayday at 1409UTC if the water degree had risen up to over the amount of the batteries and also the electric pumps were not functioning. The crew were not able to regulate the inflow of water with the boat’s manual pumps.

The Mayday ended up being received by MRCC Tenerife and a range other ARC yachts. Those closest changed program to face by: yachts Ocean Dream, White Satin and thorough 2. A demand to all or any ships by the Maritime Co-ordination Centre ended up being answered by the James Cook and, following the Grefaths accepted the help of the vessel, ARC yachts had been released to continue on the means.

The evacuation for the crew of Noah occurred in late afternoon the same time, with kids and adults getting off the yacht at 1645UTC and transferring across on liferaft. The RRS James Cook is on the way for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with an expected arrival of morning hours on 25 November.

The location and drift of yacht was supervised via an onboard YellowBrick tracker and it’s also likely to sink completely next 24 hours.

the positioning of yacht Noah when it sank

The position associated with the yacht Noah with regards to sank

In an email from up to speed the ship, Alexander Grefrath penned: ‘We confirm our company is safe on our solution to Tenerife. Throughout the whole time we, and all involved events, remained calm and kept the problem under full control and were logical; we had been in a position to make professional utilization of VHF Mayday communication. I am convinced that people kept calm because of training and training and good gear mostly prompted by the ARC security recommendations…

the story for the 2015 sinking right here.