Francis Joyon Begins Jules Verne Assault

Published on November 22nd, 2015

(November 22, 2015; Day 1) – Francis Joyon (FRA), skippering the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT, crossed the start line today for his assault on the Jules Verne Trophy.

The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew, starting and finishing between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the tip of Brittany and the Lizard Point in Cornwall.

The 6-man team started at 02:02:22 UTC, and to beat the current records, must return by 15:44:15 UTC on January 6, 2016. The current record held by Loïck Peyron and his crew on Banque Populaire V is 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.

The crew of IDEC SPORT:
Francis Joyon (FRA)
Bernard Stamm (SUI)
Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA)
Alex Pella (ESP)
Clément Surtel (FRA)
Boris Herrmann (GER)


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