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24 April 2002, 11:18 am
560 Miles in the Last 24 Hours
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Jules Verne Trophy

This South Atlantic really is wide! But the gateway out really is narrow! And it will keep shifting! The Doldrums are not a fixed phenomenon.

They are rather a succession of micro-systems that oscillate just north of the Equator. Orange skipper Peyron is making a rush for it. Once again the maxi-catqamaran is aiming for a mouse hole, a tiny zone to her north, under the Cape Verde Islands, where the transition between the systems of the South Atlantic and the north-east trades should pass without a pit stop. Because Orange is blistering along, 560 miles in the last 24 hours, and is putting the accent on speed, even if it means momentarily sacrificing the track and extending her route.

Average speed required to beat the record: Only 6.45 knots.
Orange Press/News Editor
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