The Indian Ocean is left behind!
Today at 4.30 a.m. Moscow time, the IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran (skipper Francis Jouillon) reached Cape of Good Hope.
Recall, Zhuillon and his crew of 4 people intend to set a new world record on the classic route of the Tea Race from Hong Kong to London. And half the way is now passed!
7666.3 nautical miles from Hong Kong to the Cape of Good Hope IDEC Sport covered 14 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes (average speed 21.7 knots). The advantage of the French team led by Zhuillon over the current record holders – the Italian crew Giovanni Soldini on the Maserati Multi 70 (they set their achievement two years ago) – at the time of passing the famous cape was 1 day, 8 hours and 56 minutes.
Further promotion of IDEC Sport will largely depend on how the high pressure zones behave over St. Helena and Azores. But in any case, there are serious chances that the Tea Race record will be improved – and significantly.
As you know, Soldini's achievement is 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds. To improve this figure, the French trimaran must 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. So, it is likely that IDEC Sport will be able to overcome this treasured line on the 16th or even the 15th!
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