Sailing Records

Lia Ditton Just Keeps Rowing

Way back in November, sailor-turned-ocean-rower Lia Ditton wrote about her 24-day, 700-nautical-mile row from Oregon to California right here on ‘Lectronic Latitude. Once Bay Area-based, Ditton has been training for more than three years to row from Japan to San Francisco — a distance of 5,500 nautical miles. More »

Joyon Smashes Tea Route Record

After 31 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds of sailing, Francis Joyon and his crew set a new record for the Tea Route between Hong Kong and London this morning.
Bow shot at sunset

IDEC Sport Lags Then Catches Up

"With the South Atlantic like that, we would never have smashed the Jules Verne Trophy record," explains Francis Joyon, reflecting on what has been a slow and difficult ascension of the Atlantic Ocean.
IDEC Sport crew

IDEC Sport Takes on the Tea Route

Two days ago, Francis Joyon and his crew of four set off from Hong Kong to tackle Giovanni Soldini and Maserati’s record time of 36 days and change for the ‘Tea Route’ record from Hong Kong to London.
Yann Guichard

Sprindrift’s Record Attempt Fizzles

Less than 24 hours after crossing the starting line, maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 had to abandon her fourth attempt at breaking the Trophée Jules Verne record for fastest outright circumnavigation of the globe.
Spindrift 2

Adventures on the High Seas in Maxi-Trimarans

The maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 is less than 24 hours into its fourth attempt at tackling the Trophée Jules Verne record for the fastest boat to sail around the globe. It's a lofty record that now stands at an incredible…

Adventure through Terra Incognita

"It should take us 16 and a half days of sailing to get to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a great pleasure for me to set off on this adventure towards places our Western racing boats rarely go."
Aerial of IDEC Sport tri

Francis Joyon Breaks His Own Mauritius Record

Francis Joyon has just beaten his own record, set 10 years ago. This stretch of the Route to the Indies is called the Mauritius Route. Joyon covered the course in…
IDEC Sport sails past an island

As One Adventure Ends, Another Begins

Francis Joyon took advantage of a weather window this weekend to embark on his Asian Tour record attempts. The Frenchman set off Saturday morning at 9:11 UTC on his attempt at the 8,800-mile Mauritius Route record.