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New attempt to break world speed record !

After the failure of the huge 110 feet trimaran "Geronimo" to improve the world speed record around the world had to return to Brest, this due to steering problems.

Now a new attempt is under way, Bruno Peyron's maxi cat, Orange currently challenging for the Jules Verne, already about one third of the way around the world. They are now 38 degrees south and preparing for big winds and nasty conditions of Southern Ocean ahead.

At 02:16 GMT, 21 March the Orange broke the Ushant to Cape of Good Hope record. After 18 days, 18 hours and 40 minutes at sea, Team Orange beat the 1994 record of 19 days, 17 hours and 53 minutes record which was held by Sir Peter Blake sailing together with Sir Robin Knox-Johnson the catamaran ENZA.
Crew member Nick Moloney commented from the boat this morning: "We should be sailing in 40 kts tonight. We are awaiting the wind to shift left a little more then we will gybe onto a course that will place us deeper south. There's a fine line - the closer you skirt Antarctica, the shorter the distance to Cape Horn. But there is a lot of ice about and we hope to minimize the risk of a possible collision for as long as possible.
Judging according to the advancement of the Orange by now chances to improve the record seems good. The record today is: 71 days, 12 Hours and 22 minutes.


24/3/2002

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