Team Orange II obliterate the 24-hour speed record

Just one day into her transatlantic record attempt Orange II has obliterated the 24-hour speed record.

At 1100 GMT today Bruno Peyron and team aboard the 121ft maxicat Orange II recorded 750 miles averaging 31.3kts over 24 hours and established a new world record which, subject to ratification, will see them enter the history books.

Peyron and team have broken their own previous record of 706.2 miles (average 29.42kts) they set in 2004 and will now continue to push the superfast cat equally as hard across the Atlantic in an effort to break the 3,100-mile Transatlantic record from Sandy Hook to the Lizard. The record to beat here is 4 days, 17h, 28 minutes and 06 seconds currently held by Steve Fossett’s Playstation.

According to Peyron talking on the radio this morning the weather conditions in the coming hours look perfect and they may well improve still further on this 24-hour record!