The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran skippered by Francis Joyon and his crew attempting to break the Tea Route record between Hong Kong and London, has found it hard to make progress today (Saturday) towards the Cape of Good Hope that they were hoping to pass during the day. Sailing 200 nautical miles from the Cape, they are now expected to round the legendary point marking their return to the South Atlantic during the night.
They will have a long voyage up the Atlantic along the coast of Africa with a series of difficulties with in particular, having to work out how to deal with the huge St. Helena high.
To beat the TEA ROUTE record they are going to have to improve on the time set by the Italian skipper, Giovanni Soldini and his crew on the trimaran, Maserati of 36 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. Joyon and his crew will have to reach London by 1136hrs UTC on Sunday 23rd February.