Less than a thousand miles to the finish line!
The race along the famous Tea Route from Hong Kong to London, which has been going on for 30 days by French skipper Francis Jouillon and his crew of four on the IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran, is about to end. And – to a happy ending!
Yes, apparently, to live the current race record – 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds, for two years owned by skipper Giovanni Soldini and maxi-trimaran Maserati Multi 70 – is not long. Now, Zhuillon is ahead of its competitor's schedule by 622 miles! And, according to forecasts, IDEC Sport will cross the finish line, passing under the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the Thames, already at night from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Although a few days ago, the situation for Zhuillon and Co. did not look so optimistic at all. For example, in a day from Friday to Saturday, IDEC Sport, overcoming another strip of weak winds, covered only 192 nautical miles. For comparison: over the past day, 652 miles have been covered – with an average speed of 27.2 knots!
In general, everything is good, which ends well (pah-pah, so as not to jinx it). Imagine how impatiently the IDEC Sport crew are waiting for the end of the race – they have been on the road for a month!
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