Thursday start for Orange II

Repair work to Bruno Peyron's maxi cat carried out in record time

Tuesday February 24th 2004, Author: Benedicte Etienne, Location: France
It's been a short stopover! Only 48 hours will have been necessary for the whole shore team (technicians, designers, yard, crane operators) to repair Orange II's damaged hull.

Re-launched this afternoon at around 16:00 in front of the Le Défi base in Lorient, the Orange II maxi-catamaran is once again back in the starting blocks.

Bruno Peyron and Roger Nilson (navigator) have indicated they could set off sometime between tomorrow and Thursday.

"I sincerely wish to congratulate all the teams that have reacted so promptly, worked day and night in order to get the boat back on the track on such short notice," commented Bruno Peyron. "This race against time will hopefully allow us to take another start with the best schedule possible. We're doing everything to have the boat ready to leave Lorient tomorrow, in order to catch a weather window, which will be open between Wednesday and Thursday. No changes on board as far as the crew's concerned, everybody signed their name on the list once more!"

Orange II should leave the dock tomorrow late in the afternoon, and will then head for the Jules Verne Trophy starting line, which they should cross on Thursday between 06:00 and 12:00 French time.

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