The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has gone to code amber, meaning that they may be starting on Wednesday evening in their latest attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, the outright crewed round the world record.
Francis Joyon, his crew and onshore router, Marcel van Triest are carefully watching the European and American weather forecasts, as at the moment they seem to offer a good time to the Equator and the Cape of Good Hope, if they leave tomorrow evening. The air masses change rapidly at this time of year and they need to be able to react quickly to get onto the right system and take advantage of the trade winds without getting held up between systems.
Francis Joyon, Gwénolé Gahinet, Bernard Stamm, Alex Pella, Clément Surtel and the newcomer, Sébastien Audigane, who has just replaced the German, Boris Herrmann, now working on other projects, are getting together in Paris this evening after receiving an invitation from Patrice Lafargue, President of the IDEC Group, for a special event dedicated to racing and the Jules Verne Trophy. They will then quickly head back to Brest where the maxi trimaran IDEC SPORT awaits.