Francis Joyon and the new IDEC out for a little training this past weekend, captured by Jean Marie LIOT

Sep 28, 2018 | News

1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, and 2018! Francis Joyon is, with Loïck Peyron and his 8 participations, the most experienced sailor on this course between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre. In the absence of victory, and despite a good second place in 2010, Francis has each time singled out in a way stubbornly faithful to this reputation of sailor from the extreme, to the endist in his endurance and in certain choices of road. Never has its Routes du Rhum been anonymous or tasteless, but often marked with the seal of the plume. What will be the 7th participation? What does the holder of the Jules Verne Trophy reserve for us in the face of competition in another technological dimension? What a new page, the sailor who, at one point or another of his long career, has held all the greatest ocean records in sailing,

From his first participation in the Route du Rhum in 1990, Francis Joyon, then 34 years old, struck the imaginations by shortening by more than 3 meters, a few days before the start, the hulls of his improbable catamaran puzzle built from his hands. from recovered elements. Francis rallied Pointe-à-Pitre at the end of a trip strewn with technical pitfalls that he repaired and caulked with the small means of the edge, initiating a method and a style that a MacGyver would certainly not have denied. The Orma years, this class of 60-foot ultra-light and over-trimaran trimarans will still not bring it the consecration between Brittany and Guadeloupe, unlike an English Transat, rougher perhaps, and more in adequacy with the hardiness of the Joyon method,

From capsizing, it is also widely questioned in 2002 when no less than 6 Orma trimarans out of 18 engaged to the carpet. Francis is one of those and two days of racing disheveled in the storm, add up not less than 5 days spent in the cockpit flooded with his returned trimaran he stubbornly refuses to give up. Extreme roads, epic crossings on improbable machines, sea fortunes but also a plume of a good second place in 2010 behind the untouchable Groupama 3 become ... IDEC SPORT, Francis will have known almost everything on the Route du Rhum. He comes back, however, combative, passionate and always impervious to trends Hi-Tech he observes with the same apparent mankind of sea craftsman, rich in global success that we know him. In front of the flying boats, IDEC SPORT goes,

"I want to have a good race ." Simple, concise, Francis refocuses on his pleasure of sailing, at the helm of a fabulous ship. The record hunter solo or crew, returns with pleasure to the competition in fleet, on his darling playground between France and Antilles. " We have considerably advanced the boat in recent months. The new sensations are excellent. My team and I have applied the same recipes of simplifications that seem essential to me to control such a machine, and to limit the risks of damages. We made good progress on the settings of the incidence of our foils. IDEC SPORT has kept its magnificent marine qualities, and has gained in velocity at certain speeds, thanks also to the contribution of our new sails. As for me, I am ready to solicit him to the maximum throughout the 3,542 miles of the course ... "