Jules Verne Trophy 2005 - Bruno Peyron/Orange II
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Paris, Wednesday 16th March 2005, 04.00 GMT
ORANGE II SMASHES THE ROUND THE WORLD SAILING RECORD
- Jules Verne Trophy - Orange II and Bruno Peyrons crew have just set a new round the world record in 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and 4 seconds, achieving an average speed of 22.2 knots.
Ahead of Cheyenne (Steve Fossett), the previous outright record holder by 7 days 17h 12 41.
Ahead of Geronimo (Olivier de Kersauson), the previous Jules Verne Trophy holder by 12 days 21h 39 42
Mission accomplished! By crossing the finishing line off the Island of Ushant in the dark of night under clear skies at 02.23 GMT this morning, Bruno Peyron and his 13-man crew have just achieved a remarkable performance. They have smashed the records set last year by the American Steve Fossett and the French yachtsman Olivier de Kersauson. No one on board would have dared to imagine when they set out at 10.03 on Monday 24th January that they would achieve such a record. The Orange II maxi-catamaran, launched on Monday 22nd December 2003, proves quite clearly that she is the fastest ocean racing yacht in the world. Having already smashed the 24 hour sailing record (706.20 miles) and the Mediterranean record (Marseilles/Carthage) last summer, she has just added this supreme challenge to her list of successes.
This catamaran skippered masterfully by Bruno Peyron, who built up a top level crew around him, has a fine future ahead of her, having shown she can literally swallow up the oceans. However, this morning, they were not talking about the future, but simply celebrating their achievement before heading into Brest docks to moor up at the Quai Malbert, where Orange II is expected later this morning at around 09.30 GMT. As she crossed the finishing line, the south south westerly wind was blowing at 25/27 knots. The maxi-catamaran crossed it at 28 knots just 0.5 miles from the coast. «We tried to get it just right, as we have done throughout the journey,» Bruno Peyron said with some real emotion in his voice.
Pioneer of ocean multihull racing since the early 80s, Bruno Peyron
has taken part in almost all of the major sailing events, both
single-handed events and with a crew. He has 37 Atlantic crossings
under his belt, 12 of which were single-handed. Twice record holder of
the single-handed crossing (1987 & 1992). Twice record holder of the
Pacific crossing with a crew (1997 & 1998), one major victory sums up
his racing career: he was in 1993, the first sailor to go around the
world in less than 80 days, thus winning the first Jules Verne Trophy.
He created The Race, which began at the end of 2000, then repeated his
exploit around the world in 2002, becoming the holder of the Jules
Verne Trophy for a second time.
Bruno Peyron is today the record holder of the greatest number of
miles covered in a maxi-catamaran (295,000 miles). He has beaten the
24 hour record on four occasions (1982 / 1995 / 2000/ 2004). He is the
only skipper to have covered more than 700 miles in 24 h, and since
last summer, has been the holder of the Mediterranean crossing record.
The records Orange II has to beat
The Jules Verne Trophy, held since 29th April 2004, by Olivier de Kersauson and the crew of the trimaran Geronimo, in 63d, 13h 59mn.
The absolute round the world record held since 5th April 2004, by the American Steve Fossett, in 58d, 09h, 32mn.
Orange IIs latest records
- The world 24 h record (706.2 miles covered at an average of 29.42 knots) - August 2004.
The Mediterranean record (17h, 56 mins and 13s, at an average of 25.53 knots) - September 2004.
- The Record between Ushant and the Cape of Good Hope (14 days, 8h and 19 mins) - February 2005.
- The Record between the Equator and the Cape of Good Hope (7days, 5h, and 22mins) - February 2005.
- The Record between the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin (7 days, 5 hours and 35 minutes) - February 2005.
- The Record between Ushant and Cape Leeuwin (21 days 13 hours and 54 minutes) - February 2005.
- The Record between the Equator and Cape Leeuwin (14 days and 11 hours) - February 2005.
The crew of Orange II
The 14 men taking part in this new attempt at the Round the World
sailing record (Jules Verne Trophy 2005), on board Orange II are :
Bruno Peyron (Skipper),
Roger Nilson (navigator, doctor),
Lionel Lemonchois (watch leader - helmsman),
Philippe Péché (watch leader - helmsman),
Yann Elies (watch leader - helmsman),
Ronan Le Goff (Bowman, in charge of rigging),
Sébastien Audigane (helmsman, in charge of safety),
Jacques Caraes (adjustor, in charge of filming),
Florent Chastel (bowman, in charge of running rigging),
Yves Le Blévec (adjuster, in charge of the general organisation),
Jean-Baptiste Epron (adjuster, in charge of supplies and logistics),
Nicolas de Castro (Bowman, in charge of composites),
Ludovic Aglaor (helmsman) and
Bernard Stamm (helmsman, in charge of mechanics).
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