Thursday, July 06, 2006

New Record for Orange II

The maxi catamaran Orange II team established a new transatlantic sailing record finishing this evening in a time of 4 days, 8 hours, 23 minutes and 54 seconds (from New York's Ambrose Tower to the Lizard, the southwestern point of England). Their average speed was 28.02 knots and they shaved more than 9 hours off the old record held by Steve Fossett and crew on Playstation.

They would have finished earlier had their rudder not been damaged when it hit ice or debris -- speed had to be held under 30 knots for the latter part of the crossing. Congratulations to Bruno Peyron and his eleven speed-demon crew.

See post below for links.

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