Ultime-8 victory for Francis Joyon
The fortieth anniversary race of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe ended with victory for Francis Joyon early on Monday morning, 12th November. Joyon is one of the legends of long distance passage racing; at one time or another he’s broken the 24-hour solo distance record, the solo trans-Atlantic record, the crewed (Jules Verne) and solo circumnavigation records.
He’s now won one of the great trans-Atlantic races on its 40th anniversary... at his eighth attempt. Joyon snuck across the line seven minutes and eight seconds ahead of the (vastly) better resourced François Gabart. In doing so, Joyon set a record time of seven days, 14 hours and 21 minutes for the 3542 nautical miles from St Malo in Brittany to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe – 47 minutes quicker than Loïck Peyron in 2014.
Just as extraordinary is the fact that Joyon’s boat, now called IDEC, was Peyron’s ride in 2014 (then called Banque Populaire VII) – a victory that came on the heels of Franck Cammas’s win with the same boat in 2010 when she was called Groupama 3. No other boat has won the race three times.
Image credit Trimaran/Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.