IDEC SPORT crossed the Equator on Friday 27th November at 03:03:52 UTC. Francis Joyon and his crew of five took 5 days 01 hour 52 seconds to sail from Ushant to the line separating the two hemispheres. They are more than half a day ahead of the record.
They have done it. After making their way through the Doldrums in around fifteen hours, IDEC Sport is already in the South Atlantic and in record time, as 13 hours 55 minutes and 18 seconds less than the reference time set by Loïck Peyron and his men in 2011 (5 days, 14 hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds).
More than / almost half a day ahead at this intermediate point, this is good news for Francis Joyon, Bernard Stamm (SUI), Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA), Alex Pella (ESP), Clément Surtel (FRA) and Boris Herrmann (GER). So far, their attempt to smash the Jules Verne Trophy Record has gone perfectly well.