MacArthurs Round the World record in danger

IDEC2 Francis Joyon

Francis Joyon continues to claim records: 'I hold the record between Good Hope and Leeuwin? I am amazed... This is the class, right?'

With four records already in his pocket since the departure from Brest (Ecuador, Good Hope, 24 hours, Leuwin), Joyon is again at over 20 knots, on a daily average, which is almost 540 miles a day.

Joyon is chasing Ellen MacArthur's world record of 71days 14hrs 18mins 33secs set in 2005 at an average speed of 15.9 knots and is more than 7 days ahead.

The symbolic line of 10,000 kilometers on the direct route (which is 21,600) will be passed today (Monday) after 24 days at sea. Joyon is no more then about two days at sea from the mid-point.

As Joyon approached the halfway point, the skipper of IDEC was in good shape. As far as the next few days it should be the same ilk: 'I intend to remain on the 53rd South. It is a relatively short route to reach the Horn and I remain at 60 miles north of the iceberg limit. This seems a good compromise.'

A few days of weaker winds have also allowed Joyon to do some maintenance of equipment, no more. No deficit of sleep either, he has apparently found a rhythm in which he feels comfortable.