Triumphal Procession

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Triumphal Procession
Triumphal Procession
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Only a few nautical miles and it's done: The Frenchman Bruno Peyron and his 13-man crew have sailed around the world in just over 50 days. This means that modern offshore sailing is entering a new era.

The events on the oceans come thick and fast. Just a few weeks ago, the young Briton Ellen MacArthur kept the world in suspense with her one-handed record drive. And sailing is already naming a new hero: Bruno Peyron and his crew will cross the finish line off Brest on the 38.5 meter long catamaran "Orange II" on Wednesday night, thus sealing their greatest triumph to date. With just over 50 days, Steve Fossett's record (58 days, 9 hours), which was celebrated a year ago, is undercut by 8 days - an "eternity" in the fight for the fastest circumnavigation of the world.

As things stand, nothing stands in the way of the success of the "Orange II" crew. The current weather maps also forecast a good wind from the southwest for the next few hours, and the mega-cat continues to race at 30 knots towards the destination between Brest and the upstream Ile d'Ouessant. Until then, around 480 nautical miles (as of 03/15/08/00) have to be covered. Even a broken mast could not stop the record run. With the huge lead, the last stretch could be made in time even under an emergency rig.

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Bruno Peyron

The "Orange II" could not undercut the magic 50-day mark. Nevertheless, the time of 50 days and about 10 to 15 hours will define a new record, at which the new challengers will certainly grit their teeth for a long time. The atmosphere on board the "Orange II" is accordingly exuberant, the tension has given way to anticipation. Skipper Bruno Peyron in one of the last messages to the Shore team: "We are enjoying the last few miles to the goal. I can see the great joy in the eyes of my men - there is nothing more to say about it!"

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