Orange round Britain attempt
Bruno Peyron's 110ft maxi-cat Orange arrived in Cowes on the Isle of Wight Friday evening at 7.00 pm, just in time to take part in the fantastic fireworks display which closed the Skandia Life Cowes Regatta Week.
After a 10 day long delivery between Marseilles and Cowes, Orange, the fastest Round the World sailing boat, is now going to attempt the Round Britain and
Ireland Record. This record is held by American Steve Fossett since 1994 on-board his 60 foot trimaran Lakota (formerly Pierre 1er of Florence Arthaud) in 5 days, 21 hours, 5 minutes and 27 seconds, with an average speed of 12.67 knots.
Only a few days away from this new record attempt, Orange and its new crew await fair weather predicted for Monday or Tuesday. Skipper Bruno Peyron shares his feelings about the record attempt,
"Our objectives for coming to the UK were to attempt several British sailing records, with the Round the British Isles as the primary goal. However, due to unfavourable weather conditions the Round Britain and Ireland Record remains the only possible attempt, and this in spite of current weather predictions. We plan to attack the record at the beginning of the week regardless of the uncertain weather conditions. The boat is in pristine condition and manned by a talented international crew of 13, composed of 5 different nationalities (French, English, Irish, Swedish and Australian).
"I have invited Neal McDonald to co-skipper with me for the British record attempt following his outstanding showing in the Volvo Race aboard the second place finisher. Neal and I have already navigated together (with Grant Dalton) aboard Club Med when we set the new East to West Atlantic Record, between Cadix and San Salvador. I know that the Round Britain and Ireland Record holds great importance in Anglo Saxon sailing, so we Intend to establish a time worthy of future challenge from giant maxi-cats the likes of PlayStation, Maiden II, KingFisher II and Géronimo. As we speak our plans are to sail sometime between Monday and Tuesday morning."
In October this boat will be handed over to Offshore Challenges and will become the new Kingfisher ready for Ellen MacArthur's attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy following the Route du Rhum.
Ed Gorman will be on board for the trip and will be sending reports back to madforsailing