IDEC Sport goes west
The 20th day of the race ended with the time of the French skipper Francis Jouillon and his crew, who are trying to set a new world record on the classic Tea Route from Hong Kong to London on the IDEC Sport Max Trimaran.
Jouillon and Co. are still ahead of the record for two years owned by Giovanni Soldini on the Maserati Multi 70 (the Italian covered the distance in 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds). But at the same time, the advantage of IDEC Sport has been significantly reduced in a few days and now is “only” 455 miles.
The fact is that Soldini in 2018 chose a shorter, “northern” route – along the coast of Africa. Zhuillon, unlike a virtual rival, went west – hoping to find the best place to cross the equatorial calm strip. But this is the extra hundreds of miles.
By the way, since the start in Hong Kong, IDEC Sport has already covered 10,745 miles. At the same time, the ideal, theoretical distance to the point where the catamaran is now located would be 8814 miles. As they say, feel the difference.
Jouillon had 4104 miles to go to the finish line in London. Recall, in order to improve Soldini's achievement, the French skipper needs to cross the finish line, passing under the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the Thames, no later than at 11 hours 36 minutes and 58 seconds on Saturday, February 23.
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