Bruno PEYRON'S new maxi-catamaran Orange II was christened on Wednesday morning in La Trinité sur Mer, France.
Almost 38 metres (124 feet) long and 17 (56 feet) wide with a mast reaching up to almost 50 metres above the water, she is not the biggest in the world, but certainly capable of being the fastest around the planet. With the christening ceremony over, the boat went back out early in the afternoon.
"All of the supplies have been stowed on board and we can set sail (for a Jules Verne record attempt) as soon as we have
finished the sea trails,"
said skipper, Peyron.
Current holders of the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation, Bruno hopes to exceed his record of 64 days set in 2002.
"As initially planned, our aim is still to be ready and waiting from 15 February. I cannot forget that two other giants are already at sea and that they have every chance of smashing our current record. I must not forget either that until now, only four crews have obtained the Jules Verne out of 13 attempts in all. The match is open and is not without danger ... but you can be certain that if we have the chance to bring it home for the third time, we will achieve that, and Marseilles will have found its rightful place with this Jules Verne Trophy that is so jealously desired,"