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The crew of the 38 metre maxi-catamaran Cheyenne crossed the finishing line off Brittany, France, in 58 days, nine hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds, said John Bee, a spokesman for his Fossett Challenge team.
Adrienne Cahalan the only woman of American adventurer Steve Fossett’s crew of 12, beating the previous record by almost six days. Fossett was five days, 23hrs 4mins 39secs faster than the Frenchman Bruno Peyron took in his boat Orange in 2002, but the 59-year-old former businessman’s time is subject to official ratification.
“”This boat has once again shown its potential, which has culminated today in an impressive number of records.”” said Peyron. Fossett’s attempt nearly ended when a failed forestay almost brought down the 45m mast early in the bid. His crew worked 16 hours to repair the damage and keep the attempt on course. The incident occurred while Cheyenne and her crew were nearing the completion of day 16.
Designed by multi-hull architects Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin in Newport Beach, California, Cheyenne is constructed entirely out of aerospace technology carbon fibre and was the first of a brand new class of 100 foot-plus multi-hulls designed to attack major ocean records.
Cookson Boats of New Zealand built the original 105-foot catamaran under Pete Wilson, a veteran of America’s Cup campaigns, as project manager.
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