FRANCIS JOYON HAS SHATTERED THE TEA ROUTE RECOR

The IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran sailed by Francis Joyon, Bertrand Delesne, Christophe Houdet, Antoine Blouet and Corentin Joyon completed the Tea Route voyage between Hong Kong and London this morning (Wednesday 19th February).

The boat crossed the finish under the QE II Bridge which spans the Thames at 07:37:33 hrs UTC.

Their race time, which is the new record time over this distance is 31 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds.

They have beaten the record previously held by the Italian skipper, Giovanni Soldini (Maserati) by 4 days, 3 hours, 0 minutes and 26 seconds. They sailed 15,873 miles averaging 20.7 knots.