At sea for 65 days Francis Joyon looks set to shatter the record for sailing around the world single handed. The current record is 93 days.
Joyon has less than 3000 miles to go, meaning that it’s down to a question of how much he will break the record by, not if he will break it.
He does have a small hole in his port float. The hole is not considered a major deterrent.
His time of 310 hours from Cape Horn to the Equator was faster than the first two boats to break the Jules Verne record fully crewed.
Jean Luc Van Den Heede, the other potential French record breaker, is also fairing well. Sailing upwind VDH made 147 hours in the last 24 hours.
VDH is in the midst of the Indian Ocean on the way to the Cape of Good Hope. His lead over the current record is 19 days. He says, “Today is a great day. Iíve turned my charts over and can now see South Africa.” He expects to be at the Cape of Good Hope within 2 weeks.
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