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Joyon smashes own Columbus Route record

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Joyon smashes own Columbus Route record

French single-hander Francis Joyon, onboard the maxi trimaran IDEC, sailed across the Columbus Route finish line off San Salvador in the Bahamas at 04h 57m 30s GMT on 15th February 2013.

With a race time of 8d 16h 07m 05s, Joyon shaved more than twenty-eight hours off his own record set in 2008. Over the 3884 miles of the Great Circle route, the theoretical route between Cadiz and San Salvador, via Gran Canaria, he sailed at an average speed of 18.66 knots (distance actually sailed 4379.5 miles at an average speed of 21.04 knots).

Arriving in San Salvador, Joyon put thoughts of Champagne and celebrations on hold and, having validated his race time with the official representative of the World Speed Sailing Record Council, hoisted sail, trimmed his gennaker and set off again to make his way to the French West Indies.

The sailing community bid farewell to Captain Joe Cipriano

It was a sad time in the northern Caribbean the last week of January, as veteran sailors, cruisers, and residents bid a last ‘Fair Winds and Calm Seas’ to their friend of many, many years Joe Cipriano, AKA ‘The Birdman’. Captain Cipriano died of what appears to be natural causes, although at press time the Coroner was yet to make a final determination. At this point, it is believed he suffered a heart attack or stroke, and fell into the water alongside his boat. His daughter, son, and their spouses visited Puerto Rico for several days to settle his affairs and fly his remains and two of his favorite birds back to the U.S. There were not many dry eyes in Salinas Harbor as a ship’s bell sounded and many around the bay joined the family watching his classic Ericson ketch Far Out sail away from the docks for the first time in nearly 30 years without ‘Captain Joey’ at the helm.

Mark your calendar: Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2013

All sails are unfurled for the fourth edition of Les Voiles de Saint Barth, April 8th-13th, with venture capitalist/sailor Jim Swartz as the ‘patron’ of the event, following in the footsteps of photographer Patrick Demarchelier, singer Jimmy Buffett, and Peter Harrison, owner of the yacht Sojana.

With watchmaker Richard Mille as principal sponsor, Les Voiles de Saint Barth is open to sailboats of all sizes, and there are at least 53 boats heading toward the start line for the first races on April 9th. At 115ft, Harrison’s Sojana is the largest yacht taking part this year. Local faces include Donald Tofias aboard Wild Horses, Alain Charlot with StBarthSailRacing, Sophie Olivaud and an all-female crew aboard Albacore 4, Rapheal Magras with Maelia, Raymond Magras aboard Speedy Nemo, Patrick Demarchelier on Puffy, and Mowgli Fox aboard L’Ile. Frits Bus from Saint Martin is bringing his Melges 24 Island Water World, and Shamrock VII represents the handsome J-Class yachts.

For complete information, visit: www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com

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