Jules Verne, Joyon also to attack in “commando formation”

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Following theannouncement of Spindrift’s crew for the Jules Verne Trophy (awarded to the person who completes a crewed round-the-world race in the shortest possible time) comes the presentation of that of IDEC Sport, Francis Joyon’s maxi trimaran, as well. Compared to the Swiss team of Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard (already on stand-by for departure from Oct. 19), which consists of as many as 14 members,Joyon’s team is closer to the concept of a chosen “commando .”

IDEC Sport Maxi Trimaran christening with champagne by skipper Francis Joyon, prior to their circumnavigation record attempt, in La Trinite sur Mer, France, on october 14, 2015 - Photo Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC - Patrice Lafargue (Pdt IDEC) and Professor Gerard Saillant

JOYON’S LOYALISTS
Few, but very select: Bernard Stamm (who previously won the Jules Verne aboard Bruno Peyron’s Orange II in 2005), Gwénolé Gahinet (won the Mini Transat and is the son of the late Gilles, Tabarly’s black beast and winner of two Solitaire du Figarò), Alex Pella (The Race, second at the Mini, first among Class 40s at the Route du Rhum), Clement Surtel (Franck-Yves Escoffier’s grandson, sailed on IDEC Sport when it belonged to Franck Cammas and was called Groupama and on Orange), Boris Herrmann (two world tours, three times passed Cape Horn, 2009 GOR winner), Roland Jourdain (as a substitute: think of him as a real hero of the Vendée, Figaro and Route du Rhum, he won everywhere) and, as a ground support, Marcel Van Triest (five world tours behind him).

Dppi_30313001_012THE RECORD TO BEAT
Van Triest himself will try to fight: he was there to assist the 2012 record that still stands on the course, achieved by Loick Peyron aboard VPLP’s maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V (which is now Bertarelli and Guichard’s Spindrift): 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, and 13 seconds. Joyon for his part can only be the best man to try to beat the record, given that is already the holder, aboard the old IDEC II (surrendered to China’s Guo Chuan this year), of the record in the solo round-the-world: in 2008 it takes 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds.

idec sportsTHE BOAT.
The maxi trimaran IDEC Sport is the former Groupama III of Franck Cammas (later to become Banque Populaire VII): launched in 2006, it held the Jules Verne from 2010 to 2012 and won, among many successes, the last two editions of the Route du Rhum. Made by the team of Van Péteghem and Lauriot Prévost (VPLP), it is 31.5 meters long and 22.50 meters wide. It weighs 18,000 kilograms with a draft of 5.70 m. The mast is 33.5 meters high and the hull structure is made of carbon and Nomex. Upwind it has a sail area of 411 sq. m., at the carriers of 678.

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