Orange passes Cape Leeuwin

The Pacific Ocean beckons

Monday April 1st 2002, Author: Peter Bentley, Location: Transoceanic

Orange has passed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin and the boat has broken the record between Ushant and the mythical Australian cape. According to Orange's own reports she now has a little over one day's lead over Sport Elec, the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy. <P>

At 1458 GMT yesterday the maxi-catamaran Orange crossed the latitude of the Australian cape, the second compulsory passage point of this circumnavigation. Orange has covered the distance between Ushant and Cape Leeuwin in 29 days 07 hours and 22 minutes, setting a new reference time in the process. It is interesting to note that the maxi-catamaran Orange and the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy crossed the mythical latitude within less than 50 miles of each other, Orange being the furthest south.

The Marseilles giant is enjoying good conditions with 30 knots of mainly westerly winds and is reeling in almost 500 miles per day. "The Indian ocean cost us dearly," admitted Bruno Peyron during the chat session. "But the Pacific ought to be more clement and should allow us to exploit the boat's potential more fully!"<P>

"This passage through the Indian Ocean for our 2002 Jules Verne Trophy attempt will not go down in the annals," wrote Bruno in an e-mail last night, because we must have lost two days. But no bother! We're still alive and kicking with a giant catamaran that is just begging to accelerate as soon as conditions let her express her full potential". For information, Olivier de Kersauson, the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy crossed the latitude of the Australian cape after 30 days, 14 hours and 30 minutes.

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