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23 March 2005, 12:44 pm
WSSRC Ratifies Record
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Orange II

Bruno PEYRON (FRA) has an excuse to open another bottle of champagne after the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) ratified his record for a nonstop round the world voyage. His time of 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and 4 seconds beats the old record by over seven days.
Established in 1972 the WSSRC are the ISAF authorized body responsible for both inshore and offshore sailing speed records. Originally setup to monitor only inshore records in 1988 the body's mandate was extended to cover offshore sailing records as well. The WSSRC Newsletter Number 88 is replicated below.

'WSSR Newsletter No 88

The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified the following record:

Around the world, non-stop, crewed, any type. The new record was set by Bruno PEYRON and his team aboard the catamaran Orange II. The record of 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and 4 seconds surpasses the previous record, held by Steve FOSSETT and his crew on Cheyenne (nee Playstation) by more than 7 days.'

Orange II's exploits have come at the end of a busy few months for the WSSRC who have also recently ratified the record set for a non-stop, single-handed, round the world voyage by Ellen MacARTHUR (GBR) onboard B&Q.

ISAF. Image, Orange II - Record Breaker:© Gilles Martin-Raget
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