The maxi-catamaran Orange left her base in Marseilles on Wednesday 31 July, for a weeklong delivery to Cowes on the Isle of Wight where she is expected to arrive 9 August 2002.
Orange will be seen on The Solent during Cowes Week before attempting, weather conditions permitting, the Round the Isle of Wight Record, held since November 2001 by the American Steve Fossett on the maxi-catamaran PlayStation (2 hours, 33 minutes and 55 seconds).
Sometime in August, again weather permitting, co-skippers Bruno Peyron and Neal McDonald and their crew, including Neal's wife Lisa, will attempt to beat the Round Britain & Ireland Record, also held by Steve Fossett on board his Lakota since October 1994 (5 days, 21 hours, 5 minutes and 27 seconds) and the Cowes - St Malo record.
After the British programme, Orange will once again head for the Mediterranean to her base in Marseilles to attempt the Mediterranean records, (Marseilles to Carthage, Round Corsica Record) before handing the boat over to Ellen McArthur in October who plans to challenge Peyron's Jules Verne record in 2003.
The crew for the Round the Isle of Wight record is:
- Bruno Peyron Fra, Skipper (Current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy)
- Neal McDonald, co-skipper (Skipper of Assa Abloy in the Volvo Ocean Race
- Lisa McDonald (wife of Neal), (Skipper of Amer Sport Too in the Volvo
Ocean Race 2001/02)
- Roger Nilson, Navigator (Navigator on Amer Sport One alongside Grant
Dalton in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001/02 and navigator on the maxi-catamaran
Innovation Explorer, with Loïck Peyron in the The Race)
- Vladimir Dzalba Lyndis and Ronan Legoff (Crew members on board Orange in
the Jules Verne Trophy)
- Andrew Henderson, (to crew with Ellen MacArthur in the next Jules Verne
- Neil Graham (Shore manager for Assa Abloy)
- Yann Reniaud (Sailmaker with North Sails)
- Damian Foxall (Crewed on Team Tyco in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001/02 and
crewed on PlayStation in The Race)
- Jason Carrington GB (Crewed on Assa Abloy in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001 /
02 and member of the Club Med team during construction of the boat)
- Jean-Baptiste Epron Fra, cameraman (Crewed on board Orange in the Jules
- Olivier Vigoureax Fra (Crewed on board Orange in the Jules Verne trophy)