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23 April 2002, 10:22 am
Progress Improves For Orange
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Jules Verne Trophy

Another good day for the maxi-catamaran Orange. "We're reaping the dividends of our long investment to the east," said skipper Bruno Peyron.

"Since our left turn yesterday, we're really shifting, almost 30 knots last night, under full main and solent on starboard tack at an excellent wind angle" described Orange's skipper. "We're in the right place with the right wind and the right sea."

With new found speed and daily runs of more than 500 miles, Orange will enter the calms of the famous intertropical convergence zone by midday on Wednesday 24th. "It more and more up to the helmsmen now" emphasized Peyron. "The solent helps us to generate apparent wind. So it means helming with finesse to preserve speed." The crossing of the Doldrums looks like being without any major problems, in light easterly airs. Orange won't start to slow down until late evening Tuesday.
Orange Press/News Editor
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