Sail trials for Orange II
Till the end of January, Orange II is doing sail trials in the surroundings of La Trinité-sur-Mer (Atlantic). First navigation has been nice, with even good news on the up wind performances...
Gilles Ollier :" the boat is right. With 15/18 knots of wind, we have reached 20 knots close wind (quite 3 knots better than the Club Med generation, winner of The Race 2001we have also done)". She also sailing quicker on a hull with only 13/14 knots of wind."It's right for the speed - less drags-, but it is a little bit more difficult to handle", says the project manager Jean Maurel.Orange II must be ready for the Trophée Jules Verne mid February, the absolute round the world record under sail hold since 2003 by Orange I in 64d 8h 37'24".