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22 April 2002, 10:04 am
50th Day at Sea
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Jules Verne Trophy

The maxi-catamaran Orange had very little winds on Saturday, for their 50th day at sea (only 73 miles in the first twelve hours).
They reached at last the High north edge only at dusk. On Sunday morning, they were enjoying good reaching winds. Now, they should average rapidly 450 / 500 miles a day.

On Day 50, the record-holding Sport-Elec was located by 41-03 S / 46-26 W. Which means 2855 miles from the same waypoint. So, we can estimate the Orange lead at 1245 miles on that Sunday morning. Four days, if we remember that the De Kersauson average speed was 310 miles between the Falklands and Brest in 1997.

In the next three days, Orange will increase the lead, with the possibility to achieve nearly 500 miles a day. With a minimum 350 miles average speed until the finish, Orange could beat the previous record in 64, 65 days. With only 300 miles, it could be 66 days. In resume, Orange has still the possibility to beat the record by five days.

Christian Fevrier/News Editor
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