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24 January 2005, 12:16 pm
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Orange II

Orange II crossed the Jules Verne Trophy start line between Ushant and Lizard Point at 10:03:07 GMT this morning.
Bruno PEYRON's crew unrolled the gennaker to cross the line at 20 knots with one reef in the main, staysail and large headsail.

The start was monitered by Claude Breton from the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

To claim the Jules Verne Trophy, which is currently held by Olivier de Kerauson and Geronimo, Orange II must cross the finish line before 00:01:53 GMT on March 29 (63 days, 13 hours and 59 min) but to also claim the Round the World Record, currenlty held by Steve FOSSETT and the crew of Cheyenne, they must finish before 19:34:52 GMT on March 23 and beat the time of 58 days, 9 hours and 32 minutes.

The 14 men taking part in this new attempt at the Round the World sailing record (Jules Verne Trophy 2005), on board Orange II are:

Bruno PEYRON (Skipper), Roger NILSON (navigator, doctor), Lionel LEMONCHOIS (watch leader - helmsman), Philippe PÉCHÉ (watch leader - helmsman), Yann ELIES (watch leader - helmsman), Ronan LE GOFF (Bowman, in charge of rigging), Sébastien AUDIGANE (helmsman, in charge of safety), Jacques CARAES (adjustor, in charge of filming), Florent CHASTEL (bowman, in charge of running rigging), Yves LE BLÉVEC (adjuster, in charge of the general organisation), Jean-BAPTISTE EPRON (adjuster, in charge of supplies and logistics), Nicolas DE CASTRO (Bowman, in charge of composites), Ludovic AGLAOR (helmsman) and Bernard STAMM (helmsman, in charge of mechanics).

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