Since being slowed down in the South Atlantic Ocean and when crossing the doldrums – briefly falling behind Maserati’s record pace – Francis Joyon and his crew of Christophe Houdet, Bertrand Delesne, Antoine Blouet and son Corentin Joyon have lit the afterburners onboard the 105-foot maxi trimaran IDEC Sport.
Re-establishing a lead of more than 1,100 nautical miles in under a week, the crew is about to enter the River Thames and the last few miles towards establishing an impressive new record along the route from Hong Kong to London, better known as the ‘Tea Route’. A bit over 31 and a half days have elapsed as of this writing with just 70 miles left to sail.
With a previous record time of 36 days 2 hours and change, it appears that IDEC Sport will knock a solid 4 and a quarter days off the existing record time established by Giovanni Soldini and Maserati just two years ago.
While it’s sure to be all champagne, smiles and celebration once across the finish line at [...]