and his crew of 13 smashed the Jules Verne Trophy record
by seven days back in May 2002 lapping 26,000 miles of
the planet in just 64 days 8 hrs 37 mins at sea.
1993 Bruno Peyron was the first to beat the 80-day mark,
followed by Peter Blake in 1994.
In 1993, Peyron became the
inaugural winner of the Jules Verne Trophy and the first
to sail around the world in less than 80 days.
Almroth-Wright and Bruno Peyron
BBC INTERVIEW :
is your third race around the globe and you've beaten
the record by seven days which really must have exceeded
all your expectations?
Yes, because it is enough to beat it by one second, we
have been lucky enough to do a good time, but the boat
is able to do a better time. The reason why we were not
much faster is because we started the boat late in March
and I am pretty sure that this record will be beaten
next year, next winter.
do you go about preparing for a race like that?
It takes a long time to prepare, but the boat was
already prepared for the race the year before, so we
just had to make specific preparations for this
particular attempt which we were able to do in a very
short period of time, four or five weeks only.
How do go about picking a crew for a race like the
very much attached to some values and the first thing
for me was to get a crew who share the same spirit. The
team spirit on Orange was absolutely fantastic
especially because we broke the mast and we had to
rebuild everything in three weeks for the second start,
even later and all the team was very strong.
must be very attached to Orange having spent so much
time onboard her?
Yes I am very much attached to the boat and the team and
now we are in England with this big catamaran and we're
just preparing for the future.
Is there something you absolutely have to have with
you on a journey like that?
No, I don't think you need luxuries, our mission is to
go as fast as possible on the oceans and our focus is
100% on the speed, on the safety, on the race to do our
best all the time day and night - and luxury is not
something we aim for especially as luxuries are
sometimes heavy and weight is our enemy.
13 crew hope to break Round Britain & Ireland
When you're faced with horrendous weather conditions
and you've not had much sleep, how did you keep the
team's morale up?
If you make no mistakes in training the team you don't
have to do anything. We just focus on the race all the
time to do our best.
When you're away for such a long period of time, is
there anything that you really miss?
Just the family, there's nothing about the food or the
social life I miss, once again we are focused on just
one target .
What was the best part of the race for you?
It is very difficult to choose one particular time
because it's so intense and we spend so much time in
special conditions, in the Southern Ocean especially
with the icebergs. Having 35knots of speed with a sunset
and the moon on the other side - that is something that
is very difficult to describe, so I hope that technology
will help us to bring you some images in the future
especially on the race in 2004.
You must see sights that people like myself would
never even dream of seeing?
That's true, and that's why I do think we have to
improve the way we'll be bring back images of a better
quality. It's something that's very difficult to achieve
but each year we are improving a little bit so I hope
that next year and the year after will be better than
Was there a point during the trip that you realised
that you really were going to break the record by so
No, we are very much conscious that anything can happen
at anytime and we were right to do so because just one
week before arrival we broke a little titanium bolt
supporting the mast. We had to get anther bolt and slow
down and keep safe. I don't don't trust anything, I
asked everybody to keep their concentration and it was
very beautiful to see how this concentration of the
group was so intense.
sails Orange into Cowes
next for you and Orange?
Next week we are going to do this Around Ireland and UK
record attempt if the weather will allow us which is not
too easy because we do not have too much time to wait.
Then, if we are lucky enough we will try the Around the
Isle of Wight and the Channel record and then it's back
to our base in Marseilles.
Then the boat is going to change and will be back in
England with Ellen MacArthur, this period will also
allow us to pass the boat and the knowledge to the new
team. Of course we have to plan for the future and we're
trying to build a new boat able to win the race 2004.
MacArthur failed in an attempt to break the Jules Verne
record in February 2003 when her mast snapped into three
pieces in the Atlantic Ocean.
from the French Atlantic coast city of La Baule, has
spent a lifetime perfecting his racing skills.
Peyron built his first maxi-catamaran over 20 years ago
in 1979. In 1993/94 he was the first to
circumnavigate the globe in less that 80 days,
completing the journey in just over 79 days.
sailing off Cowes
on Cowes Week from BBC Sport Online's Sailing pages
Life Cowes Week
: Orange 2 largue les amarres pour
: Pieds à terre
: Un chantier derrière le record
: Concert de salutations
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