At 12:28hrs UTC on Friday 20 January, the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT crossed the Equator with a new Jules Verne Trophy record time of 35 days, 4 hours and 45 minutes.
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This is 2 days, 22 hours and 36 minutes better than the previous reference time held since 2012 by Loïck Peyron and the maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V.
This is the fifth intermediate record in this Jules Verne Trophy for Francis Joyon and his men, after the new records set at Cape Leeuwin, in Tasmania, the International Date Line and Cape Horn.
Sailing close to the wind, IDEC SPORT will be leaving the sticky equatorial heat behind as they start the final stretch in their round the world voyage, crossing the North Atlantic from west to east.
They have a lot to do in the coming hours as they get ready to tackle the weather systems in the North Atlantic, starting with the Azores high and then the lows sweeping across from Labrador.
Sailing a long way west to avoid the calms of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, IDEC SPORT is now moving slightly to the east, while gaining as many miles as possible towards the north.
In the trade winds, this should get quicker and Joyon, Surtel, Stamm, Gahinet, Audigane and Pella will be giving it their all to try to cross the Jules Verne Trophy finish line on Thursday (26 Jan) morning off Ushant.
Trophée Jules Verne – Reference Time to beat / Banque Populaire V (2012) : 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 secs
21 January 2017 14:36 GMT