Jan 31, 2008


A new record for sailing around the world single-handed

Press release

Bremen, January 2008

In an unbelievable 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds, Francis Joyon regained himself the world record for the fastest single-handed circumnavigation of the world. The start was on 23 November in Brest and on the 19 January, he celebrated a triumphal return. He beat Ellen MacArthur, who “sailed him away” the record in 2005 by more than 14 days. Without any motor power and only with wind and solar energy, he covered the 26,400 nautical miles on his IDEC trimaran at an average speed of 15,84 according to the World Sailing Speed Record Council. Under the extreme stresses that arose on the stormy route around the three capes, Joyon once again relied on ropes from Gleistein Ropes.

Quality ropes for extreme stressesQuality ropes for extreme stresses

During the phenomenal trip, Joyon used, among others, the MegaTwin Dyneema polyester series in diameters of 6 to 20 millimetres. The ropes from Gleistein Ropes were used for all applications: - sheets, halyards, reefing lines, running backstays etc.
The most important aspect in deciding on Gleistein Ropes was the high rope efficiency, i.e. minimum use of material with maximum performance. Thanks to their special equipment, Joyon was able to benefit from the optimised friction protection and reduced water absorption – which meant less waste of time for him for replacement and care, in addition to more rapid handling. The high cross-sectional strength in the fitting components made it possible to sail for days at the limit of stress.

Full use of the trimaran's potential

The 51-year-old Joyon has an extremely high performance vessel in IDEC, which he masters perfectly. With an overall length of 27,70 metres, a mast height of 32 metres, a sail surface area of 520 square metres and Gleistein ropes of a length of 1,220 metres, IDEC can cope with speeds of up to 40 knots. He therefore undercut various other performances and set three distance records. Joyon required one day less for the distance than Steve Fossett with crew on his “Cheyenne” in 2004. For the Indian Ocean (9 days, 12 h, 3 min), the Pacific Ocean (10 days, 14 h, 30 min) and the distance from the equator to the equator (41 days, 8 h, 19 min), Joyon’s time is now considered the yardstick. Only Bruno Peyron managed to sail faster around the world in 50 days and 17 hours in 2005 with “Orange II” – but with a crew.

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