Attempt to create a new record for sailing around Britain and Ireland by the crew of the giant catamaran, Orange.

The Orange set off from Ventnor Point on the Isle of Wight yesterday. The record was previously set by American adventurer Steve Fossett in 1994 when completing the trip in five days, 21 hours, five minutes and 27 seconds. Kerry man Damian Foxhall is among the 15 member crew on board for the journey of around 1,700 miles and says that it is one of the most difficult records to break.

The 100 foot Orange is almost twice the size of Fossett's catamaran and is capable of speeds up to 35 knots.

The crew spend their time watching out for other vessels while racing against the clock while at the same time cutting corners to shorten the miles.

It's definitely not a walk in the park.

An Australian weather expert provides the crew with constant updates. After a difficult night last night, the Orange is still on target to break the record. The Orange must cross the finishing line at Ventnor before four minutes and 46 seconds past six on Sunday morning.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 August 2002. The reporter is Dympna Moroney.