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29 April 2002, 12:26 pm
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Jules Verne Trophy

It’s touch and go whether Orange will break the Jules Verne Trophy record now compared to earlier in the week and before the breakage.

They have been forced to alter course due to the titanium ball at the foot of the mast cracking, it has been repaired, however they are wary of putting too much pressure on it and are avoiding beating into the wind, which would put the most pressure on the joint. Consequently the course they have chosen will add some two days onto their previous estimated time of arrival.

From the Orange press office: The next three days will be under strict surveillance... Indeed, the maxi-cat Orange is continuing to progress in a NE trade wind, that's to say fairly close to the wind and it should take them as far as the edge of the Azores high which is less than 1,000 nm to the north before turning towards Ushant. In the meantime, the Marseilles Giant has to beat into this wind, trying to limit stress on the damaged mast rotation ball to a minimum. But the course they've been on for several days is good, very good. Because once they reach the high, they will be able to ease the sheets and make a dash for Ushant, the terminal of this circumnavigation.
Orange Press/News Editor
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