The world’s fastest sailboat, IDEC SPORT, is due to sail into London next week between Wednesday 19th February and Thursday 20th February. Record-breaking French sailor Francis Joyon and his crew left Hong Kong on the 18th of January and have raced against the clock to try and beat the legendary Clipper Route record.

The time to beat is 36 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes.

To break this record, Francis and his team must arrive in London by 11:36:58 on Sunday 23rd February. 

The race is on!

© Theodore Kaye / Alea / IDEC SPORT

After winning the round-the-world Jules Verne Trophy in 2017, and a nail-biting victory in the 2018 Route du Rhum, the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran, its skipper Francis Joyon and the crew have since been on the IDEC SPORT Asian Tour in an attempt to smash six records, including five brand new race courses between Europe and Asia.

You are invited to attend the official arrival of the IDEC SPORT Asian Tour’s finish where you will have the chance to interview Francis and the crew and enjoy a tour of the maxi-trimaran.

The current ETA is  Wednesday 19th February – Thursday 20th February. A more precise arrival time will become evident in the next few days. IDEC SPORT will be docked at Butlers Wharf Pier, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE. 

Please register interest from journalists wishing to attend and let us know if you would like any further press materials or to book interviews or arrange to film on board the boat. We will do our best to accommodate your requests: