July 5, 2006 If you’ve been reading Gizmag regularly over the last month, you’ll know that there’s a significant attempt on the transatlantic sailing record which started earlier this week by Orange II, the world’s fastest sailing boat which already holds the round-the-world record and the 24 hour record. As predicted, skipper Bruno Peyron and the crew are sweeping all before them, and in their first 24 hours on the water the boat demolished its own 24-hour sailing record by covering 752 miles in one day. That’s 60 miles more than the previous record. This is already something that will enter the history books and it may just be the start. On the second day it covered 766 miles, creating a new record again. At the end of the first day, the maxi catamaran was 133 miles ahead of where PlayStation was on the charts at the same time. After the second day, Peyron’s catamaran had built up a lead of 199 miles over the route taken by PlayStation. At the halfway point, (at 11h42 GMT today, there were 1380 miles left to go to cross the finish at The Lizard), the situation is looking good for a new record.
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