The Condor Vitesse

The Condor Vitesse is a high speed catamaran ferry that is currently owned and operated by the British ferry company Condor Ferries. She was built in 1996 by Incat, Australia. In 1997, the ferry was acquired by Condor Ferries where she was named as the Condor Vitesse. In 1999, she was chartered to Interislander where she was renamed as The Lynx. This was Interislander's attempt for a high speed service across the Cook Strait, however due to a lack of funds, the service was cancelled. The ferry returned to Condor Ferries in 2000. The next year, an agreement was formed between Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries, in which a new fastcraft service was opened between Poole and Cherbourg. The Condor Vitesse was picked to operate on the new route. In 2003, the livery was changed to indicate both the Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries colours. In March 2011, the vessel was involved in a collision with a fishing vessel in heavy fog. Unfortunately, a French fisherman was killed in the tragedy. The ferry serves on three routes throughout the year, the Poole-Cherbourg route, the Poole, the Channel Islands and St Malo route and the Poole/Weymouth-Channel Islands route. The Condor Vitesse has three sister ships, the Condor Express, the Condor Rapide and the Tarifa Jet. Her current port of registry is Nassau, the Bahamas.

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