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
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.”
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.
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 http://tour-du-monde.sodebo.com/