Orange II

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Orange II
Orange II in Lorient
Designer(s)Gilles Ollier
Racing career
SkippersBruno Peyron
Displacement30 t (30 long tons; 33 short tons)
Length36.8 m (121 ft) (LOA)
Beam18 m (59 ft)
Draft2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
5.5 m (18 ft)
Sail area800 m2 (8,600 sq ft) (upwind)
1,100 m2 (12,000 sq ft) (downwind)
Orange II in Newport, RI.

Orange II is a large catamaran designed for ocean racing, a "maxicat". The boat is 36.80 m long and has a 45 m mast and was designed by the Gilles Ollier Multiplast design team and built by the Multiplast yard in Vannes, France.

Orange II held the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest time around-the-world at 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and 4 seconds from 2005 until March 2010. Orange II was skippered by Frenchman Bruno Peyron.

The sponsor, Orange (formerly France Télécom), discontinued its yacht racing activities. The boat was in storage at Multiplast for several years.

It was announced recently that the yacht would be restored, and given the name VITALIA II. The first tests of the new craft took place in April 2015.[1]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  • BYM News Photo Gallery Album with hundreds of Orange II photos.
  • BYM News Interview with Orange II skipper Bruno Peyron.
  • BYM News Interview with Orange II designer Giles Ollier.
  • [1] Cetim Technical Center about the construction of Orange II
Preceded by
Geronimo with Olivier de Kersauson
Jules Verne Trophy
Succeeded by
Groupama 3 with Franck Cammas