A mythical record was broken this Sunday. Francis Joyon and his maxi trimaran IDEC have crossed the North Atlantic in five days, two hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.
Crossing the Atlantic between New York and the Lizard Point in UK at the impressive average speed of 26.3 knots, Francis Joyon has broken the previous record set by Thomas Coville in 2008, improving the time by 16 hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds.
Joyon already broke this record in 2005. At that time, he did it in six days, four hours, one minute and 37 seconds. Of course, he completed the new record-breaking transatlantic crossing on a new trimaran – IDEC being one of the fastest trimarans in existence. This 29.7m maxi trimaran was designed by Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret. She was built by Marsaudon Composites in Lorient, France, and launched in 2007.
Joyon also still owns some of the most prestigious records in the world, such as the solo 24 hours distance record with 666.2 nautical miles and the fastest solo circumnavigation in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and six seconds.