After 19 days Orange is 2056 miles ahead of the current record set by Olivier de Kersauson's on Sport Elec and has become the fastest vessel to do the dash from Ushant to the first Southern Cape, the Cape of Good Hope.
The latest logbook from the boat by crew member Nick Moloney was sent at 07.50 GMT this morning, and reads:
`This morning at 0216 GMT we crossed the line of latitude that separates the Atlantic from the Indian Ocean becoming the fastest sailing vessel to do the dash from the start to the first Southern Cape.
It appears that the low that has been hunting us has slowed a little as we should have already seen its fury. We have not escaped and should be sailing in 40 kts tonight. We are awaiting the wind to shift left a little more then we will gybe onto a course that will place us deeper South.
There's a fine line....
The closer you skirt Antarctica the shorter the distance to Cape Horn. But there is a lot of ice about and we hope to minimise the risk of a possible collision for as long as possible.
Looks like we will hang onto some nice strong winds after this storm passes in the next 24 hours. May even hang for long enough to 'sling shot' us half the way to Australia which is now about 4000 miles away.
we have been sleeping and eating well and all feel pretty good. The comfort level should change dramatically though over the next few days as the ride gets wetter and the sea and air temp get colder.
So Far, So good..... but we are only about 1/3rd of the way.'
COMPARISON TABLE / JULES VERNE TROPHY
Monday 21th march 2002 at 0800 GMT
Position : 36°10' S / 20°45' E
Speed 24h : 20.11
Distance since departure : 8119.53 miles
Distance 24h : 484.52 miles
COMPARISON TO SPORT ELEC IN 1997
Position : 41°19'S / 05°20' W
Speed 24h : 18.25
Distance since departure : 6025.89 miles
Distance 24h : 437.74 miles
To beat Sport Elec's record Orange must cross the finishing line off Ushant by 23 hours, 57 minutes and 29 seconds on 12 May 2002.