Orange II, the maxi-catamaran skippered by Bruno PEYRON, along with a crew of 10, set off this morning at 08:13'29" (French time / 06:13'29" GMT) for a record attempt on the Mediterranean, between Marseilles and Carthage (Tunisia).
The giant cat took advantage of the fact that the Mistral wind slightly decreased and left the Old Harbour this morning at 06:30 (local), towed by a fishing boat and the technical shore team.
Orange II crossed the line in winds which had not yet quite settled, in a low pressure regime that should induce a shift to the W/NW, with 25 to 30 knots of breeze, allowing the boat to sail to the south-east. The conditions are expected to be rough for the hours to come, especially when coming towards the southern tip of Sardinia.
In order to beat the record (18 hours, 46 minutes and 48 sec.) set by Steve Fossett on PlayStation in May 2002, Bruno Peyron and his crew have to cross the finish line in Carthage tomorrow, September 25, before 02:59'17" (French time / 00:59'17" GMT).
Orange II crew list :
Bruno Peyron, skipper
Yves Le Blévec
Tanguy de Lamotte
Arnaud De Bélinay (video)