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18 March 2002, 11:56 am
Orange Ahead of Sport Elec Record
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Jules Verne Trophy

Between Africa and South America, the masses of air circulate at high speed over an empty ocean devoid of any land obstacles. Very quick! Too quick! Even for a maxi-catamaran of the latest generation.
The high arrived at a gallop and seized the "Giant" catamaran Orange. On board they're taking it as best they can and putting up with the adversity, a dying wind and chaotic sea, and even worse, right on the nose. But deliverance is near. The men know it, but it's not stopping them cursing and swearing, but the flight of the first petrels announces the furious winds and long cavalcades of the Southern Ocean

"We're heading east again" explained Bruno Peyron, "we're going to let the center of the high go by and wait for the rotation to the SW, then NW, before diving due south in a strong wind, 30 knots probably tomorrow morning..." "The Forties, here we come!"

The Tristan da Cunha islands are right on the maxi's route, the final terrestrial vision for a long time for Peyron and his men. The next landfalls will be called "Prince Edward, Crozet and Kerguelen..."

Position report / Comparison Table
Monday 16th march 2002 at 0800 GMT

Position : 33°40' S / 24°13' W
Speed 24h : 17.44
Distance since departure : 5850.5 miles
Distance 24h : 420.85 miles

Compared to Sport Elec (current record holder) in 1997
Position : 21°13'S / 24°29' W
Speed 24h : 15.29
Distance since departure : 4456.40 miles
Distance 24h : 367 miles
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