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Sailor sets off on North Atlantic record run

French adventure sailor Francis Joyon sailed out of New York Tuesday and began his attempt to smash the outright solo sailing record.

In order to beat the current record of 5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds held since July 2008 by Thomas Coville on his trimaran Sodebo, Joyon and his maxi-trimaran IDEC will have to cross the latitude of The Lizard by 4:45 a.m. UTC on June 17.

“I know that I should be getting some good conditions for the first two-thirds of the course, and according to the latest weather models there is some doubt about the finish, if we follow the route taken by the low-pressure area," Francis said. "The route won’t exactly be the Great Circle route, as I shall be sailing a little further south. But on the other hand that means I shall be avoiding the worst fogs around the Great Banks…"

To follow the record attempt, an interactive chart, updated every 15 minutes, will be available from the start at