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  Monday, 6 May, 2002, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Orange breaks Jules Verne
The Orange crew celebrate breaking the Jules Verne round-the-world record
Orange's crew celebrate their record-breaking lap
French skipper Bruno Peyron and his crew on the giant catamaran Orange have sailed round-the-world in 64 days - smashing the Jules Verne Trophy record by seven days.

Peyron crossed the finish line off Ushant in France at 1713 BST on 5 May after 64 days 8 hrs 37 mins at sea.

They beat the 71-day record for the 30,000-mile circumnavigation set by France's Olivier de Kersauson in 1997.

The 13-strong Orange crew set off in the 110-foot multihull from a start line between England's Lizard Point and Ushant on 2 March.

They were forced to abort an earlier attempt when the mast snapped 80 centimetres from the top just 35 minutes after the original start on 14 February.

Orange skipper Bruno Peyron
Peyron had unfinished business to complete

The voyage took the boat in an easterly direction around the globe, leaving the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn to the left before finishing across the same line as they started from.

But fourteen days ago a near disaster was averted when the huge mast was in danger of crashing down as the ball supporting the mast cracked.

Australian Nick Moloney, the only non-Frenchman aboard, was delighted to have been involved in the record-breaking trip.

"I am absolutely stoked that we have pulled this off," said Moloney, a member of British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur's sailing team.

"The guys were fantastic and even when we had major problems with the mast we never gave up."

Orange was formerly Innovation Explorer, sailed into second place in The Race by Peyron's brother Loick in 2001.

Grant Dalton's Club Med won The Race - a non-stop lap of the planet to celebrate the Millennium - in 62 days.

But the time did not qualify for the Jules Verne trophy as it began in Barcelona and ended in Marseilles.

The Jules Verve idea, of sailing around the world in under 80 days, was originally conceived by French sailor Yves Le Cornec in 1985.

Peter Blake's Enza broke the Jules Verne record in 1994
Enza broke the record on her second attempt

But it was not raced for until 1993 when Peyron set the inaugural record of 79 days six hours on Commodore Explorer.

He beat off the challenge of two other boats, skippered by De Kersauson (Charal) and the late Sir Peter Blake (Enza), who both retired before the finish.

In 1994, Blake - who was recently killed by pirates in South America - advanced the record to 74 days 22 hours.

Three years later De Kersauson took the honours on Sport Elec. He is now lining up a new attempt on the trimaran Geronimo.

MacArthur, second in the Vendee Globe around alone, will attempt the Jules Verne record next year with a full crew, as will fellow Briton Tracy Edwards.

The Maiden II skipper - who has bought Club Med - is preparing for a second attempt at the trophy next winter after her 1998 all-female bid ended in disaster.

Edwards and her crew on Royal and Sun Alliance were dismasted in the Southern Ocean.

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