Orange II

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Orange II
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Orange II in Lorient
Designer(s) Gilles Ollier
Builder Multiplast
Launched 2003
Racing career
Skippers Bruno Peyron
Specifications
Displacement 30 t (30 long tons; 33 short tons)
Length 36.8 m (121 ft) (LOA)
Beam 18 m (59 ft)
Draft 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
5.5 m (18 ft)
Sail area 800 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. It is one of the fastest ocean-going sailing vessels in the world. It 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]

References[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
Records
Preceded by
Geronimo with Olivier de Kersauson
Jules Verne Trophy
2005–2010
Succeeded by
Groupama 3 with Franck Cammas