The Jules Verne trophy in the hands of Francis Joyon and his crew

April 28, 2017. 

Yesterday evening, Francis Joyon and the crew of the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran, Clément Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet, with just Sébastien Audigane missing as he was busy on a delivery trip in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, received the Jules Verne Trophy, the amazing sculpture which seems to float in the air created by the American Thomas Shannon, in the very prestigious Naval Museum (Musée de la Marine) in Paris.

More than 300 guests came together around Patrice Lafargue, President of the IDEC Group, and the two patrons of honour who support Joyon's multihulls, Professor Gérard Saillant, President of the ICM and Jean Todt, President of the FIA. The title was handed over by the previous record-holders represented by Pierre Yves Moreau from the Banque Populaire team, who was joined for the event by the legendary British sailor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who held the trophy with the late Peter Blake in 1994 (Enza New Zealand).

It was a highly emotional evening, which brought together these exceptional sailors who have been sailing again in their own projects since their triumphant return to Brest after 40 days and 23 hours on 26th January.

“I am proud of this crew and what they achieved,” declared Patrice Lafargue, who yesterday evening once again showed the same affection and admiration he spontaneously showed on the return to Brest last January of the maxi-trimaran, which displays the colours of the IDEC Group.

Once again showing their contrasting characters, while remaining humble and expressing their joy of sailing, Francis, Clément, Alex, Bernard and Gwéno relived some of their memories of their amazing 40 day, 23 hour and 30 minute long voyage around the world during the evening in Paris. Titouan Lamazou was extremely pleased to see that the idea he launched 25 years ago with Florence Arthaud continues to offer an incredible experience as shown in the tales told by the IDEC SPORT crew, which sailed 26,412 miles averaging 26.85 knots on the theoretical route.

“There have been 23 attempts in the 24 years,” he explained, “with nine successful campaigns. It is fantastic that sailors and the designers of these boats are continuing to carry out attempts at this ultimate dream voyage around the world.”

Never really at ease when the spotlight is on him, Francis Joyon admits he has not really been looking back. “I can remember some magical moments, which I shared with an exceptional crew. But I am already busy with new challenges, other races, more special moments with this crew in the summer with The Bridge, a race reserve for the Ultime boats between St. Nazaire and New York…”

Gwénolé Gahinet
“I'm still finding it hard to come to terms with what we achieved. The finish and the leap back to reality were a shock to the system. I think our success is down to Francis, who knew how to train and unite a very coherent team. In the Southern Ocean, it's as if Francis was at home and the way he deals with the stress is amazing. I will always remember the moments on the long surf, those long days at full speed in a dense mist and the permanent tension. Rounding the Horn was highly emotional too, as that is when we felt like we could pull it off…”

Bernard Stamm
“I very quickly got back to the Diam 24 circuit, but I feel I'm still recovering from this experience. This was an exceptional voyage around the world from every angle. The success came thanks to Francis. I'm still amazed by this boat, which always feels so safe… We thought we had a chance as we raced across the Pacific, but the key part was in the Indian. After that, we kept things under control. Sailing around the world twice in two years creates some very strong friendships.”

Francis Joyon
“I don't dwell on this adventure, as I am looking ahead. This award ceremony is an opportunity to look back and to catch up with those involved. We're very proud to add our names to the list that includes sailors like Robin Knox-Johnston, Peter Blake and Bruno Peyron. I'm very pleased to receive this trophy from Sir Robin.”

Alex Pella
“I'm still finding it hard to believe we did it. I keep thinking of the great times and have forgotten the bad moments. Getting this Trophy with this great crew in a prestigious location like the Naval Museum makes me very proud. This is an incredible record, but I too am now looking ahead, to see what can be done to beat our record. I'd like to thank Francis for inviting me along in this great adventure…”

Clément Surtel
“We have got back to life ashore after our three attempts and our two Jules Verne Trophy races. I still can't believe it. During the evening, we better understood what we achieved with so few means and with our small team. The next transatlantic race, The Bridge 2017, will enable us to sail together again.”

The nine successful Jules Verne attempts

40 DAYS 23H | 30MINS | 30S

45 DAYS 13H | 42MINS | 53S 2012

48 DAYS 7H | 44MINS | 52S 2010

50 DAYS 16H | 20MINS | 4S 2005

63 DAYS 13H | 59MINS | 46S 2004

64 DAYS 8H | 37MINS | 24S 2002

71 DAYS 14H | 22MINS | 8S 1997

74 DAYS 22H | 17MINS | 22S 1994

79 DAYS 6H | 15MINS | 56S 1993

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