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21 February 2005, 09:55 am
A Lead Of Over 5000 Kilometres
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Orange II

An express Pacific crossing for Orange II who has been racking up 600 mile days on its course towards Cape Horn. Their average speed since the departure of the maxi-catamaran from Ouessant has even increased over the weekend as the speed has gone from 23 to 24.4 knots since last Friday.
You can imagine the rhythm on board the maxi-catamaran which has been clocking up an extra 1.4 knots of boat speed in just 48 hours of sailing!

Hooked well onto the Northern edges of the depression situated to the South of it, Orange II is really making the most of its potential to extend its lead. Though the average speed over a half hour period has dropped slightly in the early hours of this Monday 21 February, the team have been making 28 to 29 knots for a large part of the time, with an instantaneous speed of between 30 and 35 knots. With regards the speed, Orange II has a 2827 mile lead over Steve FOSSETT's record, that is 5235 kilometres after 28 days at sea. As a comparison, on the same day of racing, the American catamaran was just past the longitude of Tasmania while Kersauson's trimaran was still under Australia…

The record in mind for Bruno PEYRON and his thirteen men is indeed the one which was set a year ago by Cheyenne of between Tasmania and Cape Horn of 11 days, 20 hours and 18 minutes though. Such a time would give Orange II a lead of at least five days on passing the Southern tip of the South America! Should the maxi-catamaran want to improve on and establish a new record on crossing the Pacific ocean, it should pass the longitude of Cape Horn before Tuesday 1 March at 01:44 GMT.

All depends on the evolution of the depression that the maxi-catamaran is currently managing to stay with. It may push them as far as the latitude/longitude of the celebrated tip of Chile. Otherwise it may go on ahead leaving them to deal with a transition phase between two depression systems or give them a chance to exploit the Southern edge of the anticyclone in the North Pacific. Whatever the case, we will find out during the day.

Another important symbolic figure to highlight this Monday 21 February : they have less than 10000 miles to go to make Ouessant!

References :
Day at sea : 28th
Date : 21/02/2005
Time (GMT) : 04h00
Latitude : 52 40.92' S
Longitude : 149 17.76' E
Instantaneous speed : 21.2 kts
Instantaneous heading : 112
Average speed : 19.2 kts
Speed over 24hr : 24.4 kts
Distance over 24h : 584 nm
Speed since the start : 23.4 kts
Total distance : 15 577 nm
Remaining distance : 9963.30 nm
Gaps on day 27 :
- Jules Verne record: +2827 nm (ahead)
- Total record : +2303 nm (ahead)
Trophée Jules Verne 2005

Orange II Media, Image: © Gilles Martin-Raget
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