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19 March 2002, 10:04 am
Downwind Surfing For Orange
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Jules Verne Trophy

"At last we can say that this is our first day in the Southern Ocean," said Bruno Peyron. "The boat is doing between 25 and 26 knots and we should be enjoying this NW flow for several days".
And with the great long swells of the South Atlantic settling in, the maxi-catamaran Orange has been able to taste its first 25 knot downwind surfs.

The great merry-go-round of southern lows would seem to be underway and the mile eating maxi-catamaran will now be able to satisfy its enormous appetite! "We're under full main and big gennaker or single reefed main and small gennaker. We're on a good track with a heading of 110° and we're making for the southernmost tip of Africa on a fairly northerly route". And while yesterday the maxi-catamaran Orange was sailing to the west of Sport Elec's (the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy) wake, she crossed over her track last night and is now to the east of her route.
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