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7 February 2005, 10:29 am
Almost 2000 miles in Three days…
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Orange II

Orange II has been averaging close to 28 knots over the past three days. Saturday, Bruno PEYRON and his crew entered the roaring 40s, and since then have been packing up miles. 684 miles have been covered yesterday at 28,5 knots of average speed, Orange II got real close to (her own) 24-hours world speed record!
This impressive progression should get them to Good Hope by tomorrow, with a bit less than a four-day lead over Geronimo's and Cheyenne's 2004 passages. As far as the Ushant - Good Hope record itself is concerned, it should be smashed by Orange: two days better than the previous mark, which means a mere two weeks to sail from Brittany to the southern tip of Africa.

Bruno PEYRON: "Conditions are good, the boat's sailing well, we handle speed and wind properly. We gybed yesterday night, and we're still sailing fast because our angle is good. Tension is constant aboard, but everything's fine. We should keep that pace today, towards the cape of Good Hope, which we should round tomorrow. I don't know what our lead over our virtual rivals is, but it should be good, after this crazy week end".
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