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26 February 2005, 12:21 pm
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Orange II

Bruno PEYRON and the crew of the giant catamaran Orange II crossed the longitude of Cape Horn last night at 23.32 GMT, after 32 days 13 h and 29 minutes of racing.
Having set out from Ushant on 24th January, Orange II has set a new record time for the crossing of the South Pacific in 10 days 23 hours 35 minutes (Cape Leeuwin - Cape Horn) and is making her way into the Atlantic Ocean 7 days 2 hours and 47 minutes ahead of the crewed round the world record time set by the American Steve FOSSETT last winter.

The intermediary times to the Horn are amazing. Orange will have taken 18 days and 8 hours since the Cape of Good Hope, or three days better than the previous record for this stretch held by Innovation Explorer since The Race. They have also set a new record for the stretch between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn in 10 days and 23 hours, or two days better than the previous record set by Bruno PEYRON himself on Orange I during the Jules Verne Trophy 2002.

The main journey times to Cape Horn:

Ushant - The Horn

New record: Orange II, Bruno Peyron, 2004: 32 days, 13 hours and 29 mins

Former record: Cheyenne, Steve Fossett, 2004: 39 days, 16 hours and 16 mins (+7d, 2h,47')

Good Hope - Cape Horn

New record: Orange II, Bruno Peyron, 2004: 18 days, 8 hrs and 8 mins

Former record: Innovation Explorer, Loïc Peyron, 2001: 21 days, 7 hrs and 5 mins

Leeuwin - Cape Horn

New record: Orange II, Bruno Peyron, 2004: 10 days, 23 hrs and 35 mins

Former record: Orange I, Bruno Peyron, 2002: 12 days, 19 hours and 30 mins

Tasmania - Cape Horn (WSSRC Pacific Ocean record)

New record: Orange II, Bruno Peyron, 2004: 8 days, 18 hours and 6 mins

Former record: Cheyenne, Steve Fossett, 2004: 11 days, 20 hours and 18 mins

Orange II media. Image: © Gilles Martin-Raget
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