Francis Gouillon: fourth consecutive start!
On Thursday morning, the countdown to the start of the IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran, led by the famous French skipper Francis Jouillon, along the classic Tea Race route from Hong Kong to London, will begin. The distance is 15 thousand nautical miles (approximately 28 thousand kilometers).
The goal of the IDEC Sport skipper and four members of his crew (including the son of Francis – Corenten Jouillon) – to set a new record for passing the distance, which since 2018 belongs to the Italian Dozhvanni Soldini and maxi-trimaran Maserati Multi 70, – 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds (average speed – 17.4 knots).
Recall that last fall, Zhuillon – on the road to Hong Kong – set one after the other three world records: from Port Louis in France to a city of the same name on the island of Mauritius (solo, 8800 nautical miles), from Mauritius to Ho Chi Minh City ( with a crew, 3975 miles) and Ho Chi Minh City – Hong Kong (with a crew, 870 miles).
The exact date and time of the start of IDEC Sport from Hong Kong has not yet been announced. But it is known that the start should take place at the end of this week.
The finish of the Tea Race is in London, under the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge on the Thames.
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