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Resize of E-01214-09.jpgBruno Peyron, skipper of the Orange II maxi-catamaran, has revealed during todays audio chat session the nature of the incident that occurred yesterday.

"It happened yesterday morning while we were sailing flat out. We realised at dawn that we had lost 30 cm of the starboard crash box. It must have happened between 4 and 8 AM. Yet we're positive we did not hit anything, because we would have felt it at the helm, so we do not have any explanation for this problem. It's a very tricky part to build, so maybe it needs to be reinforced. We'll study this problem with the architects, in order to repair the boat as quickly as possible and set off again. We took the decision to head towards Lorient this morning, and we hope to be there by Sunday, if the conditions do not force us to slow down. What really is positive is that the boat has proved her potential, sailing downwind at more than 30 knots, despite having 3 tonnes of load onboard. There still remains a small problem concerning the rudders, but we identified it under certain circumstances, this probably will require that we take it easy."   more...


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