|Ho Chi Min – Francis Joyon and his crew completed Act 2 of the IDEC Sport Asian Tour during the night setting a reference time for the voyage between Mauritius and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. After setting a new solo record time for the Mauritius Route last month, the holder of the Jules Verne Trophy and winner of the last Route du Rhum arrived in Vietnam at 3 hrs, 27mn 54s UTC on Wednesday 4th December, after 12 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds of sailing between Mauritius and Vietnam. |
Francis Joyon left Mauritius on 21st November accompanied by Christophe Houdet, Bertrand Delesne, Antoine Blouet and his son, Corentin, to set a new reference time on a highly unusual route for modern ocean racers taking them from Mauritius to Ho Chi Minh City across the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. After 12 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds during an adventure full of contrasts and surprises, IDEC SPORT moored up this morning in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saïgon), at the end of a route that in theory was around 4000 miles long, but in reality because of the weather systems, Francis and his men sailed 5400 miles from the Indian Ocean to the China Sea. High speeds, periods of flat calm conditions, the long swell of the Southern Ocean, the nasty choppy seas in the enclosed China and Java Seas, a maritime desert and busy shipping routes, the freezing cold of the Antarctic and the unbearable heat of Indonesia… It was certainly a big adventure as expected by the five sailors, who were hypnotised by the marvels and unusual sights of the seascapes of the Far East.