Powering on...

Orange continues on track for record...

Saturday March 30th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Day 28 Latitude Longitude 24/hr run Dist. covered 24/hr speed current speed
Orange 47°34 S 102°38 E 476,64 m 11913,47 m 19,86 kn 11,4 kn
Sport Elec 51°33 S 87°15 E 270 m 9749 m 11,30 kn nc

The maxi-catamaran Orange continues to slam her way through the Indian Ocean in search of the suitable weather.

"We must be on our third system since the Cape of Good Hope", said Hervé Jan during today's chat session. "During The Race on Club Med, we picked up a low around the Crozet Islands that took us all the way through to New Zealand.". Today, the giant from Marseilles is sailing in 30-35 knot westerly winds and is facing up to three different directions of swell.

"We started the night with a nice and tidy sea enabling us to notch up the miles," explained skipper Bruno Peyron. "But having dropped down to the south-east as planned, we have found a crossed sea obliging us to slow down somewhat". The team is forced to drop the pace because the loads placed on the equipment mean that any slight mistake in the rough conditions could result in damage to either the crew or the boat. To do this the team drop in an extra reef - taking the number of reefs up to three.

Nevertheless, the maxi-catamaran Orange has been touching on 500 miles a day.Yesterday morning at 0800 the boat was 520 miles away from the latitude of Cape Leeuwin, the second great cape to be left to port. Orange is likely to pass the cape on Sunday morning. The reference time set by Enza (the late Peter Blake) in 1994 was 29 days and 16 minutes - this should be bettered by the french team. To break this time the team need to pass the cape before Sunday 31 March at 2327 GMT.

Even if this passage point remains mythical, Peyron is not particularly moved and is more concerned about getting into a good position for the next stage, the Pacific Ocean. He is aiming for an ideal waypoint he places between 50 and 52° South below Tasmania and refers to the nice straight tracks of his colleagues in The Race who were able to sail at the speed of the lows.

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