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    IDEC Takes Lead... Then relents



    IDEC SPORT GETS AHEAD
    24 November 2016
    Yesterday evening (Wednesday) at around 2030 UTC the maxi-trimaran IDEC-SPORT got ahead of her virtual rival Banque Populaire V, which set the outright round the world reference time in 2012 with Loïck Peyron at the helm.

    Taking advantage of a route diving due south since the west of the Canaries on the way down towards the Cape Verde Islands, and making the most of the trade winds, which are nevertheless variable, Joyon and his crew of five kept up speeds above thirty knots during most of the night meaning this morning they are more than 65 miles ahead of the record pace, having sailed 700 miles in 24 hours at an incredible average of 29.1 knots. This gap is not that significant in terms of the round the world time, but impressive taking into account that the crew were only able to get going at high speed ten hours or so after leaving Ushant after passing the centre of the low and that at that point they were almost 220 miles behind the record.



    Francis Joyon, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Boris Herrmann, Alex Pella and Bernard Stamm certainly put their foot down after that to get back up with the record time. They are due to pass the Cape Verde Islands at midday, maybe following the track taken on 12th November by the leader of the Vendée Globe, British sailor, Alex Thomson who took his Hugo Boss between the islands of Santo Antao and Mindelo. This is a possible choice because of the weakening trade winds, which are turning to the east near the islands, protecting Idec Sport from the wind shadow of the peaks of Santo Antao, which culminate at 1979 metres.





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    Note: Since report was originally posted, IDEC slowed down and is 27 nm behind the pace at this writing, but better pressure ins building from behind.
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    Transitioning Hemispheres




    A TRICKY TRANSITION ZONE
    25 November 2016

    With almost 700 miles sailed in 24 hours averaging more than 29 knots yesterday, the maxi- trimaran IDEC SPORT revealed part of her full potential as she approached the Cape Verde Islands. However, these islands appear not to want to see Francis Joyon and his crew of five get away from them.

    IDEC SPORT went very quickly through the islands going between Mindelo-Santa Lucia. But yesterday evening, it was the wind shadow of the two small southern islands, Fogo and Sao Tiago, which slowed them down, forcing them to carry out a series of gybes in light airs to get way in a fading trade wind.





    During the night, the giant trimaran continued due south to deal with the passage through the Doldrums and the transition with the SE’ly trade winds. This is going to be a crucial day with very volatile weather patterns ahead of IDEC SPORT, making the weather charts fairly useless in this area where the masses of air from the Northern Hemisphere meets those from the Southern Hemisphere. The boat’s average speed dropped and they are now behind the pace set by Banque Populaire V by more than 170 miles this morning. As they start their 5th day at sea, Joyon and his men are still some 600 miles from the Equator.





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    About Face For IDEC



    Francis Joyon, in full agreement with his crew and his router to earth Marcel Van Triest, decided this morning to interrupt his attempt against the record of the tour of the world to the veil, the trophy Jules Verne. He turned around and go back to Brest to expect again a window more favorable and more conducive to a new beginning.
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    I guess ya got to know when to fold em!

    Surprised they did not leave when Coville did!

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    Back In The Starting Blocks



    IDEC SPORT ON CODE AMBER

    The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has gone to code amber, meaning that they may be starting on Wednesday evening in their latest attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, the outright crewed round the world record.


    Francis Joyon, his crew and onshore router, Marcel van Triest are carefully watching the European and American weather forecasts, as at the moment they seem to offer a good time to the Equator and the Cape of Good Hope, if they leave tomorrow evening. The air masses change rapidly at this time of year and they need to be able to react quickly to get onto the right system and take advantage of the trade winds without getting held up between systems.


    Francis Joyon, Gwénolé Gahinet, Bernard Stamm, Alex Pella, Clément Surtel and the newcomer, Sébastien Audigane, who has just replaced the German, Boris Herrmann, now working on other projects, are getting together in Paris this evening after receiving an invitation from Patrice Lafargue, President of the IDEC Group, for a special event dedicated to racing and the Jules Verne Trophy. They will then quickly head back to Brest where the maxi trimaran IDEC SPORT awaits.

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    • 13 December 2016


    The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has gone to code amber, meaning that they may be starting on Wednesday evening in their latest attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, the outright crewed round the world record.
    Francis Joyon, his crew and onshore router, Marcel van Triest are carefully watching the European and American weather forecasts, as at the moment they seem to offer a good time to the Equator and the Cape of Good Hope, if they leave tomorrow evening. The air masses change rapidly at this time of year and they need to be able to react quickly to get onto the right system and take advantage of the trade winds without getting held up between systems.
    Francis Joyon, Gwénolé Gahinet, Bernard Stamm, Alex Pella, Clément Surtel and the newcomer, Sébastien Audigane, who has just replaced the German, Boris Herrmann, now working on other projects, are getting together in Paris this evening after receiving an invitation from Patrice Lafargue, President of the IDEC Group, for a special event dedicated to racing and the Jules Verne Trophy. They will then quickly head back to Brest where the maxi trimaran IDEC SPORT awaits.
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    Latest Update: Departure Thursday Night

    Departure in the night from Thursday to next Friday.

    Francis Joyon, and weather router Marcel Van Triest, as well as his 5 teammates of the maxi trimaran Idec Sport have taken the decision to depart in the darkness Thursday through next Friday, from 15 to 16 December, to attempt a new record for the Jules Verne trophy.

    In conditions of sea formed, and wind supported, the men of idec sport are determined to try their luck in he knows this window weather described as "good and conducive to achieve a first good time to Ecuador" emphasizes Francis Joyon.
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    Looking For The Fast Track




    THEY'RE OFF: IDEC SPORT has begun her attempt to win the Jules Verne Trophy


    At 08:19:00 UTC* in the first glimmer of light this Friday, IDEC SPORT crossed the start line off Ushant at more than twenty knots in her dash to grab the outright round the world record. The six men on board have to be back by 22:00:53 UTC on Monday 30th January to improve on the time set in January 2012 by Loïck Peyron's crew and see their name inscribed on the famous Trophy.

    After gathering on the pontoon very early this morning, the crew of IDEC SPORT were clearly eager to get going and did not hang around in the dark of night. Under the watchful gaze of the Abeille Bourbon tug, Francis Joyon, Alex Pella, Gwénolé Gahinet, Clément Surtel, Sébastien Audigane and Bernard Stamm left the harbour in Brest at 0530 UTC to make their way aboard the red and grey trimaran to the start line for the Jules Verne Trophy.


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    Highlights of what the men said on the pontoon:

    Francis Joyon: "This morning the forecasts are a little better than yesterday evening. We should be able to pick up the northerly winds without as great a risk of finding calms. The situation is more comfortable. In terms of the weather that lies ahead, we can see what is going to happen to around Uruguay environ, which is 6000 miles from here. We are stubborn and the goal is the same. We want to be back in les than 45 days. We're not mathematicians and it is hard talking in terms of percentages in this type of adventure. But we are in with a chance, which is already helpful and we needed to grab this opportunity."

    Alex Pella: "For this final night ashore, I slept on the boat. I got ahead of my mates and have already settled in. I'm not the only one, as we all are in a hurry to get going now, as this apparently looks like a good opportunity. It was har having to wait. We feel more relaxed than last time. Our first attempt, when we spent a fortnight at sea really helped as it allowed us to get to know each other and the boat again. It was good training and now it's time to set off for real."

    Gwénolé Gahinet: "We had a few hours before leaving the harbour. The start was planned and that means we are more relaxed this time. We'll be fast to the Equator and the first part looks pleasing. In the South Atlantic, it won't be quite as fast, but it is looking like a decent time to the Cape of Good Hope and who knows, we could be in for a surprise. It was good practice last time and now I don't feel stressed and am ready to go."

    Clément Surtel: "Time has been slipping by and the stand-by period always seems a bit long. I'm really pleased to be back here again. In this round the world voyage, we have clear visibility to the Equator, while the stretch to the Cape of Good Hope will become clearer in the next two or three days. On a human level, this is still an adventure. We're not going off on a cruise and we're facing a round the world voyage with all its difficulties. But I think everyone is committed and fully motivated to go and get the record. Technically, we remain confident. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will let us through. It will be down to that."

    Sébastien Audigane: "I'm really in the mindset for an attempt at the Jules Verne. I'm setting off for 43-44 days, which is a huge deal. What is rather special is that I have only known this for a week. I had to learn at 100 mph and now I can't wait to get going."

    Bernard Stamm: "The situation looks better than last time for setting off. We had time to prepare and do things properly. We're more relaxed for this second attempt. Last time I got dressed in case we were setting off and there were a lot of uncertainties right up to the final moment. The weather isn't looking too bad at all for the Northern Hemisphere, even if we have more doubts about the South. There is time for things to change and settle down. We'll see. It's nice setting off during the day. It's not as scary putting your foot down from the start. It is looking good to the Equator; and the time comes when you simply have to go."

    * The precise time awaits ratification from the WSSRC (World Sailing Speed Record Council)
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    The canaries in two days




    18 December 2016

    At the end of their second day of racing, Francis Joyon and his crew on the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran will be passing to the north of La Palma, the westernmost island in the Canaries. In 48 hours they will have sailed a little over 1200 miles, averaging more than 29 knots.
    To keep us such a pace, taking into account the number of gybes that have been required since Ushant, the red and white maxi-trimaran has been keeping up speeds in excess of thirty knots. As Francis told us yesterday morning, the organisation of the watches has gone without hitch and that healthy rivalry between the helmsmen that we saw last year, is back in action, while everyone is aware of the importance of being cautious.



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    Sailing on a trajectory directly parallel to her virtual rival, the title-holder, Banque Populaire V, IDEC SPORT is 88 miles behind the pace, but could make up some of these losses as they round the Canaries via the west. Joyon and his men are not worrying about this data for the moment, preferring to focus on racing against the elements in a NNE’ly air stream, allowing them to make rapid progress south.

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    IDEC Sport passes Banque Populaire



    IDEC SPORT AND BANQUE POPULAIRE V NECK AND NECK
    19 December 2016
    There is a rather unusual situation off Mauritania this morning. The Maxi -Trimaran IDEC SPORT crossed paths with the exact position where her virtual rival and Jules Verne Trophy title-holder, Loïck Peyron’s Banque Populaire V, was sailing four years ago.

    On what is an almost ideal route, Francis Joyon’s multihull is speeding along at thirty knots towards the Cape Verde Islands, while at the sae moment on her winning voyage, Loïck Peyron headed west at “only” 23.6 knots in terms of VMG. On their third day of racing Joyon and his men have a slight advantage over the reference time.



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    The gybe they carried out yesterday evening see them on the port tack. Joyon, Surtel, Audigane, Stamm, Pella and Gahinet should stay on this tack until the Doldrums. The Cape Verde Islands that the crew so love are 350 miles ahead of the bows of the red and white multihull. Joyon and his crew, still sailing at more than thirty knots will be passing close to the islands this evening. The trade winds are gradually shifting eastwards offering the maxi trimaran an excellent angle to dive south. Francis can therefore choose the precise route to pass the islands, either leeward of the islands or through the middle. During last month’s attempt, they sailed between the islands of Santa Lucia and San Vicente after 3 days and 15 hours following a quick voyage down from Ushant.
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    Better results than the previous edition.

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