Francis Joyon, a sailor who is as discrete on land as he is resiliently tough when at sea, has built up an outstanding roll of honour as the years have passed. Francis Joyon is proof that it is possible to grow up far from the sea (in the Eure-et-Loir department) and come from a family in which nobody has sailed before, but become an exceptional sailor. It was only in his teenage years, for a course at the Glénans sailing school, that Francis first climbed aboard a boat. It was a revelation for the young man who then went on to carry out maintenance of the centre’s whole fleet on a voluntary basis. The land-lubber became a seafarer. He learned as he went along, gobbling up nautical miles through yacht deliveries on all the seas of the planet and finding a means to satisfy his love for nature. From this point on, he has never stopped sailing.
His encounter with the IDEC Group was a turning point in his career. Alongside his new partner, Francis Joyon launched himself into an incredible hunt for solo sailing records, starting with the most prestigious: single-handedly sailing round the world without assistance. In 2004, he set the new round the world reference time in 72 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds: an outstanding performance. On board the second version of IDEC, he blew away the record with a time of 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds! This record was however snaffled in late 2016 by a certain Thomas Coville who improved it by 8 days. At the helm of his red arrow, Francis Joyon beat other major records: the North Atlantic, 24 hours, the Route of Discovery. On 26th January 2017, he became the first man to hold the two most prestigious round the world records: single-handed and with a crew. At the helm of his maxi trimaran IDEC Sport, Joyon and his crew pulverised the Jules Verne Trophy by completing the 22,461 miles of the theoretical route in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds.
“IDEC Group has been supporting Francis Joyon for more than fifteen years in his prodigious quest for records. Let’s just say that we have shared in plenty of thrills! With Francis, we have quaked at the rage of the hostile seas, worked together with him for his campaigns, as well as worthily celebrating his many achievements… More importantly, we have always praised his sailing style which perfectly matches our values of commitment, courage and loyalty. We have of course gone through moments of doubt, but we have never given up. Why? Because with Francis Joyon, our relationship goes beyond the framework of a prestigious quest for sporting accomplishments. In addition to his incredible roll of honour, with Francis, we have experienced wonderful human adventures, always with both passion and humility, for they are not mutually exclusive”. Patrice Lafargue, CEO of IDEC Group.