Orange II was also faster than Cheyenne on the leg from Cape Horn to the Equator. Bruno PEYRON'S crew took 8 days, 5 hours and 36 minutes between these two points, improving by 2 days and 5 hours on the time taken by the Fossett's crew last year.
Finally, there is a new record that has been set by Orange II, according to the WSSRC rules 2005-2008. After the Indian and South Pacific crossing records, Orange II should be given the new reference time between the two Equators via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn). This new time, which is subject to ratification by the WSSRC is 33 days, 16 hours and 9 minutes, or 8 days and 5 hours better than Cheyenne on the same stretch.
So it is with a lead of 9 days and 8 hours over the outright record that Orange II is tackling the final leg between the Equator and Ushant this morning. A year ago, Cheyenne covered this distance in a record time of 8 days and 6 hours in exceptional weather conditions. The Cheyenne crew were able to take the direct route to reach Ushant, while Orange II, this year, looks like having to take the long way around via the north west, as a high-pressure area is blocking their path.