World renowned multihull sailor Bruno PEYRON returned to the record circuit with Orange II in 2006 and smashed both the 24 hour distance record and the Transatlantic west to east record in emphatic style.
On Sunday 2 July 2006, PEYRON and his team set out from New York to tackle the Transatlantic west to east record then held by Steve FOSSETT and Playstation. The weather window PEYRON chose could hardly have been better and the 13 man crew knew that they had a great chance of smashing their own 24 hour distance record as well. In the first day of racing, Orange II clocked up a staggering 752 nautical miles, adding a massive 45.8 miles to their previous record set in 2004. PEYRON and his team did not back off and sure enough they went further and faster to set a new 24 hour distance record of 766.8 nautical miles at an average speed of 31.95 knots.
Not only did PEYRON smash the record, and become the first skipper to go beyond the 750 nautical mile mark in 24 hours, but he is also the first to hit 700 nautical miles and the first to hit 600 nautical miles.
PEYRON went on to lead his crew on to smash the Transatlantic west to east record as well, taking more than nine hours off the time set by FOSSETT in 2001.
Bruno Peyron's Achievements
24 hour distance record, outright - Orange II - 766.8 nm - average speed 31.95 knots - 2-3 Jul 2006
Transatlantic west to east, Ambrose Light, New York, USA - Lizard Point, Great Britain - Orange II - 4 days, 8 hours, 23 minutes and 54 seconds - 2-6 Jul 2006