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Italian crew blows tea route record out of the water

Almost six days has been slashed from the sailing record for the historic tea route from Hong Kong to London that was once dominated by 19th-century clippers plying commercial goods from China to Europe.

An Italian skipper and his four-man crew covered the distance between the two cities via the Cape in 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds, less than half the time it took the fastest clippers in the days of empire and smashing a decade-old mark set by Lionel Lemonchois of France.

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