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Sailing on Orion

If you haven’t heard yet, Tom Siebel’s MOD70 Orion smashed the San Diego-to-Puerto Vallarta race record, set in 1998 by Steve Fossett and crew aboard Lakota. Although there was concern before the start that a lack of wind wouldn’t make this possible, it seems that the new big, fast trimarans can do just about anything quickly. Fortunately for Orion and her well-honed crew, the wind held until the last 40 miles and allowed them to shatter Lakota‘s record — by almost six hours.

We thought it would be fun to remind everyone just how fast this boat and other trimarans like it really are. Last July Richard Spindler was able to take a ride on Orion on Banderas Bay. You may have seen the video, but if you haven’t it’s worth a watch. Turn down your volume because the wind noise is overwhelming, and hold on!

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