Today at 4.30 am Moscow time, the Maxi-trimaran IDEC Sport (skipper – Francis Joyon) reached the Cape of Good hope.
Recall, Guion 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 roads are now completed!
7666,3 nautical miles from Hong Kong to Cape of Good hope IDEC Sport overcame 14 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes (average speed of 21.7 knots). The advantage of the French team under the leadership of Guyana over the current Champions – the Italian crew of Giovanni Soldini on Maserati Multi 70 (their achievement, they established two years ago) – at the time of passage of the famous Cape was 1 day, 8 hours and 56 minutes.
Further promotion of IDEC Sport will largely depend on how to behave in zones of high pressure over the island of St. Helena and the Azores. But in any case there is a serious chance that the record of the Tea race will be improved – significantly.
As you know, achieving Soldini is 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds. To improve this indicator, the French trimaran should cross the finish line, passing under the bridge of Queen Elizabeth II on the Thames, not later than 11 hours, 36 minutes and 58 seconds on Saturday 23 February. So, it is likely that this coveted line of IDEC Sport will be able to overcome the 16th or even the 15th of the month!behindindianocean