The WSSRC has just ratified the 24-hour solo sailing record set by Francis Joyon this summer aboard the maxi trimaran IDEC. Francis Joyon covered 666.2 miles in a single day at the incredible average speed of 27.75 knots.
In just 24 hours, he sailed 666.2 miles alone. The equivalent of 1234 kilometres. Francis Joyon’s latest achievement has just been ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the international body which is in charge of these records. John Reed, the General Secretary of the WSSRC, which is directed by Claude Breton, has just informed the Breton skipper, who already holds the outright solo round the world record with a time of just over 57 days.
It was in late July between the North of the Azores and the tip of Brittany that Francis Joyon took his boat to the extreme limits, in winds in excess of thirty knots: “It was extremely risky. The boat was constantly on the edge. I wasn’t at the helm. I just stood in the cockpit for 24 hours with the mainsail sheet in one hand and the solent sheet in the other. When the boat dug into a wave, I eased off one or the other. But I often had to ease them both off at the same time.”