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Sailor sets off on North Atlantic record run

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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 www.trimaran-idec.com.

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