Why has Jouillon lost the edge?
For 10 days, the attempt of 63-year-old French skipper Francis Jouillon to improve his IDC SPORT world record at a distance of 8800 nautical miles, from the town of Port Louis in Brittany to another Port Louis, on the island of Mauritius, has been ongoing.
Over the past day, IDEC SPORT covered 584.5 nautical miles with an average speed of 24.4 knots. Before that, he walked even faster for two days — more than 600 miles a day. Nevertheless, Zhuillon lost his advantage: at the end of last week, he was ahead of his record ten-year-old schedule by more than 400 miles, and now he is only 39 miles ahead. Why? What happened
The thing is that after the equator the French skipper went much more west than 10 years ago, and now he is moving almost strictly south. The route because of this, of course, has increased, and significantly, but it is possible to bypass the low pressure zone, which promises significant time savings in the future.
Recall that in 2009, Zhuillon single-handedly traveled from Port Louis to Port Louis in 26 days, 4 hours and 13 minutes. To improve this achievement, he must finish in Mauritius no later than 13.24 UTC on November 14.
But the finish is still very, very far away. Before him 5140 miles.
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