The single-person sexagenarian captain triumphed before François Gabart on Sunday in Pointe-à-Pitre.
Crashed at the ACTe Pointe-à-Pitre Memorial Pontoon, Maxi-Trimaran Sport Ideas suddenly turns into a dance. At the sound of the bin and the bomber, for a British recovery Seven nations, the famous White Strip tube, Francis Joyon shivers shyly on his boat's dartboard, at the center of a round of his team and his close ties. Surprised, Virginia's wife tries to dictate the rhythm. The loved one makes some wonderful efforts, but he remains a bit rigid, like the menhir in which he is often compared. Drinking with fatigue but without rom – he just tasted the local drink lip in the lighted glass for souvenir photography – Joyon's discreet is still driven by the great wind of victory.
An exceptional sailor
At age 62, he wrote only one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the transatlantic – and the largest offshore racing book – during a legendary duel with François Gabart around Guadeloupe. After seven and a half days of riding behind his younger brother, Joyon managed to cover him for seven minutes and eight seconds, thanks to a final strike in front of the finish line. A major stroke. Under the light of the camera they usually run, their eyes shine, and the excitement comes out. "The François approach was fascinating," he murmured in his soft voice, which contrasts with the thickness of his trapezes and the impressive barrels he pulls to the end. It was an extraordinary race. Splashed with an exceptional finish for a captain who is just as good.
"Francis is an extraordinary, hard-hitting, sober and efficient sailor," says Loic Peyron, his predecessor on the Roma list, which he just stole (7 days 14 hours 21 minutes and 47 seconds) for the seventh. It is also solitary by excellence. Navigating the sea with a whitewater company, whales or flying fish, the winner Transat Anglaise (2000) turned him into his specialty, who reigned for so long as a time master in the soil before Thomas Coville François Gabart, in turn, beats the times.
Born from the sea in Hanches in Eure-et-Loir, in 1956, young Joyon sketched dreams of traveling by reading Bernard Moitessier's stories and then gave him the chance to do them during an internship. the Glennans summer school that they will later monitor. Gifted with hands, he built a 12.50 meter cutter in the family shop before he reached his carpenter's career. The first trireme of this exceptional, ingenious and inventive builder was built in the late 1980s, the result of an impressive Lego game made of pieces by other multihulls. And his home in Locmariaquer has not seen many craftsmen.
"she attack without fear"
If she grew up in the earth, Joyon became a marine mammal that evolves in perfect harmony with a liquid and salty element that never seems to overwhelm him. "He is at home," confirms Gwénolé Gahinet, one of the five teammates during the winning campaign in the Jules Verne Trophy in 2017 (40 days, 23 hours). In the south, he attacks without fear. In terms of stress management, it has almost innate qualities. He manages to manage high speeds for a long time, managing to sleep. It's impressive. "
"Francis, it's another culture"
If he confessed that he needed rest after he tried to pass, the sailor with the body remains a UFO in the midst of the offshore race where he faces, on the cars of a crazy, physically demanding, or quadre to the triathlon corpses. "What makes Francis at the age of 62 is exceptional. It is a force of nature with an extraordinary ability to survive," notes Christian Le Pape, director of Finistère Pole Ocean Racing. A performance circle in which Gabart, Josse, Le Cléac's get out and Joyon goes away. "We never see him, it's not his job." Francis is another culture, he is out, Le Pape continues, but she gives deep respect to all of his competitors.
And an endless admiration for Patrice Lafargue, who funded her 2002 projects. "I'm passionate about Francis, who loses a big smile CEO Idec, an SME specializing in commercial, residential or residential real estate." He is an unusual man, a little introverted, expressing himself above all at sea without looking for glory.For his owner, one of Joyon's strengths lies in his own multi-tasking personality: "At home, Francis takes care of everything. He is a mechanic, painter and navigator from time to time. He does not need a big team. In any case, it would not bear. For a sponsor like us, it's ideal. "
"Future?" Francis will choose
What about the future of sexagenar after such a beautiful rum? "I'm not saying anything," she smiled Sunday evening. The first edition of the world solo round (the Brest oceans) scheduled in one year and whose synchronization is a question after a break in Utimes is not relevant to Idec Sport. For now. "Francis is still green and the boat is at stake with an opportunity to make it even stronger," says Patrice Lafargue, Francis will choose to push the time limits or not again.