NEWS FLASH FOR THE FINISH

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).

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The boat crossed the finish under the QE II Bridge which spans the Thames at 07:37:33 (local time).

Their race time, which is the new record time over this distance is 31 days, 23 hours, 36 mins 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 at an average speed of 20.7 knots covering a total distance of 15,873.89 nautical miles.

PHOTOS AND VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE FINISH AND ARRIVAL TO TOWER BRIDGE AND DOCKING AT BUTLERS WHARF PIER WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER THIS MORNING

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.

DATE:              Wednesday 19th February 2020
LOCATION:      Butlers Wharf Pier / Butlers Wharf Chop House*
TIMINGS:
10:00:              Francis Joyon & the crew expected on the pier
10-12:              Interviews and guided tours of the boat
From 12:          Drinks and canapés at the Chop House 

*Full address – Butler’s Wharf Pier, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE / Butler’s Wharf Chop House, 36e 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: