Promos in China

After its recent record attempt and new reference time set between Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Hong Kong, the crew of the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran took advantage of the festive season to get some well-deserved rest.

After arriving back in Hong Kong late last week, they headed for Shenzhen where the boat is currently taking part in promotional operations organised by the IDEC Group. The big trimaran will be heading for Hong Kong on Thursday morning to be on stand-by for its attempt at the Tea Route record between Hong Kong and London, the fourth and final Act of the IDEC SPORT Asian Tour, which may well start later this week.

While in Shenzhen, the maxi-trimaran and crew played host to around 150 guests, including the French Consul in Guangzhou, Siv Leng Chhuor, as well as some of their clients, Chinese partners and other French firms based in China. This stop-over was organised with the support of the China Cup, with whom the IDEC Group has signed an agreement to promote sailing in China.

After a tour of the boat and a presentation, Patrice Lafargue, CEO of the IDEC Group, explained why the boat was in China, the connection with the international development of the IDEC Group and the projects currently being developed in several business parks around the country.

The fourth and final leg of the IDEC SPORT Asian Tour, and the Tea Route record between Hong Kong and London, is the most important. The crew of IDEC SPORT includes skipper Francis Joyon and four experienced sailors – Bertrand Delesne, Christophe Houdet, Corentin Joyon and Antoine Blouet. They will depart from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Ahead of them will be a voyage of 15,000 miles (around 28,000km) starting with a crossing of the Asian Sea, a passage through the Sunda Strait, a crossing of the Indian Ocean, the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope and the climb back up the South and North Atlantic, before entering the English Channel and sailing up the Thames to finish under the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in London.

36 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes   This is the time they will be aiming to beat in this Tea Route record attempt. It has been held since the 23rd of February 2018 by the Multi70, Maserati, skippered by the Italian, Giovanni Soldini, sailing at an average speed of 17.4 knots (source : WSSRC).

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