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27 March 2002, 12:05 pm
Orange Still On Course
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Jules Verne Trophy

Orange are awaiting a new low pressure system.
371 miles to the north of the Kerguelen Islands, the maxi-catamaran Orange is taking advantage of another day of transition, a short respite after the tough sailing conditions of the last 48 hours, and while waiting for a new low pressure system upon whose evolution or immobility will depend Peyron's choice of route. The zone of low pressure is expanding below Australia and is paving Orange's route with dips and bumps improper for man and record breaking.

Orange is taking advantage of the calmer reaching winds to gain a little southing and make up some of the difference in latitude with Olivier de Kersauson's route in 1997, a difference that makes it difficult to calculate the number of miles lead that skipper Bruno Peyron has over the Jules Verne trophy record.

Difficult days ahead for the maxi-catamaran, with strong winds and a sea once again made furious by the pressure of the elements. Peyron and his men know the facts; find the vein, the passage, the Eldorado? that narrow corridor of clement wind and sea for crossing the front, without damage, so that they can put the Giant from Marseilles back in phase with the rhythm of the Southern Ocean. "Our current speed is absolutely unsatisfactory," said Peyron. "The culprit is the direction and state of the sea preventing us from putting on the power on pain of breaking the boat. We have got a little respite today. But a new problem will be facing us in two days time: violent winds, rough seas. reduced speed."

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