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23 January 2005, 12:00 am
Orange Has Left Lorient, France
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Orange II

The giant Orange II cast off from her base in Lorient yesterday afternoon at 16.30 GMT to head for the starting line of the Jules Verne Trophy that they plan to cross Monday in the middle of the day.
On board are 14 men trying to accomplish a major feat with some clear goals in mind. The two major ones being the Jules Verne Trophy record, held since the 29 April 2004 by Olivier DE KERSAUSON and the crew of the trimaran Geronimo (in 63d, 13h 59mn), then the absolute round the world record, held since 5 April 2004 by the American Steve FOSSETT and the crew of the maxi-catamaran Cheyenne (in 58d, 09h, 32mn).

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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