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Francis Joyon has set off Bordeaux for a new record

"It’s always exciting to open up a new route"

mardi 8 avril 2014Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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A bord du maxi trimaran IDEC, le navigateur français Francis Joyon a coupé aujourd’hui mardi 8 avril 2014 à 14 heures, 33 minutes TU (16 heures, 33 minutes HF) la ligne de départ du parcours de la Route de l’Amitié, The French sailor, Francis Joyon crossed the starting line of the Friendship Route in the Gironde Estuary aboard the IDEC maxi trimaran at 1433hrs UTC today (Tuesday 8th April 2014).

In a moderate Easterly wind, which is due to strengthen, Francis Joyon set out to tackle this brand new record Record #sailingrecord between Bordeaux and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He therefore doesn’t have any particular time to aim for, but is determined to set the best reference time possible on this voyage across the Atlantic in aid of charity. Joyon did not have to wait long to get underway : he only went on stand-by last Friday evening…

Francis Joyon, “It’s always exciting to open up a new route, particularly when it is in aid of a noble cause like the ICM. This transatlantic crossing is rather special due to its length and destination, as it resembles the start of a round the world voyage. What we’re trying to do here is to set an initial reference time and not to smash an existing record Record #sailingrecord , but I saw for myself when I set off on the route to Mauritius that it is not always that simple. You still find yourself alone aboard a 30-metre long multihull, which is designed to be sailed quickly.” dans l’estuaire de la Gironde.

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