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20 January 2005, 04:27 pm
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Orange II
Lorient, France

Bruno PEYRON estimates that Orange II could leave for a Round the World record attempt at the end of the week or early next week, if the weather conditions observed this morning prove stable.
'We're observing the evolution of the weather pattern, and there seems to be a possible window, opening this sunday and remaining satisfactory until the 27th ! We're switching to the 'Orange Code', since we have roughly four to five days of visibility. We've been looking at at high pressure cell, moving towards the north, so if the departure is on Sunday, it's the eastern ridge of this system that will concern us.

We could leave with north-westerlies or northerly winds. They're not that strong, but the different weather files vary on that parameter, and the breeze can stabilise further in the south. If we had left two days ago, we'd have sarted off quickly, but would have been slowed down later on. Anyway, it's still a bit early to predict wind strength and direction quickly, but would have been slowed down later on. Anyway, it's still a bit early to predict wind strength and direction '.

Around the Orange II maxi-catamaran, moored at its Lorient base, the pressure is building up. The whole crew is on location, finalising the last supplies details.

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