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01 mars 2024
The film of an historic arrival at the heart of Gitana Team
Majestic, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the finish line in Brest under full sail at daybreak yesterday morning. Aboard the boat was the talented sailor Charles Caudrelier, who has definitively made his mark in history by securing victory in the Arkea Ultim Challenge after more than 50 days of racing around the world, alone aboard his steed. However, behind the scenes in this solo exploit is the victory of a team who, some 10 years ago, dared to launch into a bold architectural adventure, thus perpetuating the long Gitana saga.
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27 février 2024, 19h25
A bold and mature victory
In the golden glow of early morning in Brest, Charles Caudrelier was finally able to let his joy burst forth after 50 days, 19 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds of brilliantly controlled racing. By securing victory in the Arkea Ultim Challenge, he becomes the first sailor to sail around the world aboard a flying multihull. It is a victory synonymous with maturity: that of a talented sailor, who patiently waited for the right time to bag himself this magnificent win. And that of a team who some 10 years ago, dared to launch into a bold architectural adventure, thus perpetuating the long Gitana saga.
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27 février 2024
A victory forever etched on our memories
Charles Caudrelier took 50 days to mark the history of offshore racing. By winning the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Gitana Team now rank as genuine pioneers. This victory in the first solo round the world race in Ultims comes as a reward for the unremitting work of an extraordinary sailor and the vision of a team. Since 2019, I have been preparing for this race, living and breathing this experience with this team and this boat every day. This boat is a legend, which has marked my life and marked the lives of our team. Charles Caudrelier
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27 février 2024, 07h30
Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild take the crown in the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest
This Tuesday 27 February at 07:37:42 UTC, Charles Caudrelier crossed the finish line of the Arkea Ultim Challenge-Brest. At the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the skipper of Gitana Team, who yesterday celebrated his fiftieth birthday, wins this race of pioneers, completing his first solo circumnavigation of the globe in 50 days 19 hours 7 minutes, 42 seconds at an average speed of 23.74 knots over an actual distance of 28,938 miles. A victory which is shared with Ariane de Rothschild and all the team founded in 2000 by Benjamin de Rothschild.
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27 février 2024
Finish line Arkea Ultim Challenge
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26 février 2024, 16h15
Charles the Magnificent
He waited half a century to realise his dream of a single-handed circumnavigation of the globe. And perhaps this is the point, which will enable the public to really get an insight into this great yet very discreet sailor, who has often shied away from the spotlight, despite a truly epic track record.
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24 février 2024, 13h16
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23 février 2024, 16h33
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild set to cast off from the Azores tomorrow
This Friday, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are still on a stopover in the Azores but they should finally be able to hit the racetrack again tomorrow. Indeed, the skipper of Gitana Team might well be able to leave the port of Horta, where he moored the five-arrow trimaran on Wednesday morning to avoid the bad weather plaguing the approach to the French and Breton coast.
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22 février 2024, 16h34
Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild still on a pit stop in the Azores
The undisputed leader of the Arkea Ultim Challenge since 17 January, Charles Caudrelier is now just 1,200 miles from the finish in this first solo round the world race in Ultims. However, since yesterday, Wednesday 21 February at 05:00 UTC, the log has been on pause. Indeed, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is officially on a technical pit stop in Horta in the Azores. The depressions currently rolling around the North Atlantic are blocking the way forward to Brest, forcing the sailor to bide his time, moored in the main marina on the island of Faial. With a departure on the cards for a while this Thursday morning, ultimately the return to the racetrack will have to wait until the end of the day tomorrow, at best, or even Saturday lunchtime. If the grib files provide a glimpse of an acceptable weather window, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will head back out to sea with an ETA in Brest on Monday 26 February.
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21 février 2024
Repairs to the starboard beam explained by Charles Caudrelier
As the first depression rolled through of this round the world over 40 days ago, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild paid the price in very heavy seas. In fact, the fairing on the five-arrow giant’s forward beam to starboard was severely damaged as she made headway at night in 4-metre seas and 40 knots of breeze. Charles Caudrelier explains this damage to us as well as all the repairs effected in connection with Gitana Team’s shore crew, to maintain the best possible performance whilst remaining safe aboard his steed.
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21 février 2024
Shelter in the Azores
Wednesday 21 of February, after 44 days at sea, with the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild just 1,200 miles from the finish, it is a case of history repeating. A low-pressure system currently lying to the south of Iceland, is filling in over the coming hours as it shifts across to the east, making the Bay of Biscay impracticable over the next 72 hours. Seeking shelter, the skipper of Gitana Team has opted to make a pit stop in the Azores, to leeward of the island of Faial, in Horta, as permitted by the Arkea Ultim Challenge rules.
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21 février 2024, 04h26
NEWSFLASH The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild heads for shelter in the Azores
In early February, Charles Caudrelier, already the firm leader of the Arkea Ultim Challenge, had to put his race on hold for 48 hours right in the middle of the Pacific to let a violent storm roll through on the road to Cape Horn. This Wednesday, after 44 days at sea, with the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild just 1,200 miles from the finish, it is a case of history repeating. A low-pressure system currently lying to the south of Iceland, is filling in over the coming hours as it shifts across to the east, making the Bay of Biscay impracticable over the next 72 hours. Seeking shelter, the skipper of Gitana Team has opted to make a pit stop in the Azores, to leeward of the island of Faial, in Horta, as permitted by the Arkea Ultim Challenge rules.
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20 février 2024, 22h10
Behind the scenes of a film shoot at the end of the world: the Horn
Cape Horn is the southernmost tip of land attached to South America, on Hornos Island, which forms part of the small Hermite archipelago to the extreme south of Tierra del Fuego. This legendary promontory marks the northern limit of Drake Passage, the name of the strait separating South America and Antarctica. The meridian which passes through it, from the cape to Antarctica, defines the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. For round the world sailors, it is the end of the long and difficult tunnel of the Southern Ocean.
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20 février 2024
Change of atmosphere in the Azores High
Having sailed a great many miles across the surface of the planet, Charles Caudrelier admits to a preference for the light of the North Atlantic. However, moments of contemplation are always short-lived as the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and the weather are a constant preoccupation for her skipper.
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18 février 2024, 16h26
2,200 miles to Brest
This Sunday 18 February at 12:30 UTC, Charles Caudrelier began his seventh week at sea in the Arkea Ultim Challenge. Setting sail from Brest forty-two days ago, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild passed the latitude of Cape Verde early this morning. This afternoon, the leader of the round the world for ULTIMs is making headway at 21° north and benefiting from around fifteen knots of NE’ly wind to post an average speed of 25 knots, close-hauled in a trade wind sea of 2.5 to 3 metres. Since crossing the equator on Friday morning, the skipper of Gitana Team has made no secret of the fact that this long tack northward towards the Azores is a tad monotone. This is especially true after six weeks of racing and some 2,000 miles from the finish, when the urge to reach the finish line is increasingly strong. However, Charles Caudrelier is remaining pragmatic because having scanned the latest weather forecasts, he knows that the end of the course promises to be tough and particularly windy.
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16 février 2024
A welcome return to the North Atlantic!
Back in the familiar waters of the North Atlantic after crossing the equator this morning, Charles Caudrelier made no secret of his delight at leaving all the miles covered in the southern hemisphere behind him. The skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild also made the most of the opportunity to pay tribute to Gitana Team’s remarkable teamwork and the pioneering vision of offshore flight, which is enabling him to be a trailblazer on this steed in this unprecedented round the world. However, there is still a long way to go and the race is far from over, as evidenced by quite a scare in yesterday’s squalls. The skipper is already focusing on the next few days of navigation and his climb up the North Atlantic!
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15 février 2024, 17h24
WAYPOINT #7, Gitana Team’s round the world rendez-vous
Every Thursday, throughout the Arkea Ultim Challenge, Gitana Team is offering you a complete round-up of Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s race. Via its weekly video broadcast, you’ll discover the latest onboard footage, analysis of the weather and strategy as explained by the members of the team’s routing cell, as well as delving behind the scenes of the five-arrow racing stable whilst its flagship is out on the racetrack. Finally, this rendez-vous will round off with a long oceanic interview recorded by a different star guest. Charles will share his feelings and his sentiments with the host throughout this epic adventure.
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15 février 2024
Slalom dans un Pot-au-Noir actif
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14 février 2024, 18h40
Instability on the road to Recife
Faster than yesterday’s routing, since midday Charles Caudrelier has been encountering the calm conditions forecast on the various weather models. While the speed has plummeted on the approach to Recife in northern Brazil, the temperature has shot up in the carbon cockpit of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. In this section of the course, round the world sailors usually benefit from the trade wind of the southern hemisphere to quickly close on the equator. Instead, the leader of the Arkea Ultim Challenge is having to contend with a patch of very light winds, reminiscent of an early doldrums. Over the course of the morning, to mark his 38th day at sea, the five-arrow giant crossed the wake he left during his descent of the Atlantic, thus regaining the route he took offshore of Salvador de Bahia one month on!
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14 février 2024
Stocktake after 38 days of racing
This morning, offshore of Salvador de Bahia, one month on from her passage down the Atlantic, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed her own wake on the way back up! Charles Caudrelier is making the most of the lovely sailing conditions to do a stocktake aboard the five-arrow giant. We get the low-down on the remaining food on day 38 at sea and the washing of warm clothes for the end of the course. He also reviews an incident that happened yesterday when his forearm got caught around one of the wind generator’s propellers. More frightened than hurt.
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13 février 2024
An exhausting ascent of the South Atlantic
Since his return to the South Atlantic, the leader of the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE has had his work cut out with the weather conditions. Indeed, for the past three days, Charles Caudrelier has had to negotiate several zones of light airs as the Saint Helena High is sprawled right out and a ridge of high pressure is stretching out to the Brazilian coast. Numerous tack changes have set the tone of late, associated with a rise in temperature as the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild continues her climb up to the equator. Such conditions have taken their toll on both the man and the machine. Today has been positive for the skipper of the five-arrow giant however, as the duo are now making headway on flat seas at higher speeds than the routing.
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12 février 2024, 18h15
Rounding Cabo Frio
Whilst the solo sailors in the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest began their sixth week of racing yesterday, Charles Caudrelier will shortly be crossing the trajectory he took nearly one month ago on his way down the Atlantic. Indeed, over the course of today, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild rounded Cabo Frio, located over 150 km to the east of Rio de Janeiro. Still beating in a medium wind, the leader of this round the world has been digging deep with a series of tacks over the past 48 hours to carve out a route forward in a rather atypical Atlantic. Overnight, he’ll finally point the bows of the five-arrow maxi-trimaran northward, where a long tack offshore of the Brazilian coast awaits.
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10 février 2024, 17h19
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08 février 2024, 19h09
WAYPOINT #6, Gitana Team’s round the world rendez-vous
Every Thursday, throughout the Arkea Ultim Challenge, Gitana Team is offering you a complete round-up of Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s race. Via its weekly video broadcast, you’ll discover the latest onboard footage, analysis of the weather and strategy as explained by the members of the team’s routing cell, as well as delving behind the scenes of the five-arrow racing stable whilst its flagship is out on the racetrack. Finally, this rendez-vous will round off with a long oceanic interview recorded by a different star guest. Charles will share his feelings and his sentiments with the host throughout this epic adventure.
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08 février 2024, 18h47
Not a very pacific Atlantic
In the pale light of the austral lands, Charles Caudrelier was able to savour his first single-handed Cape Horn two days ago. Ahead of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, there are still another 6,000 miles to go to transform the magic of this moment into the accomplishment of reaching the finish line. In the meantime, beside the Falklands, the South Atlantic has just thrown up another challenge.
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07 février 2024
Images from the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s Cape Horn!
Yesterday, Tuesday 6 February, shortly after 17:00 UTC, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild were first around the legendary Cape Horn in the Arkea Ultim Challenge. In addition to this first place and the sizeable lead acquired over his pursuers, the passage meant a great deal to the skipper of Gitana Team. The first maxi-trimaran designed to fly in the open water, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will always be the first boat of this kind to have rounded the Horn in race format. Present in Tierra del Fuego, Yann Riou and Marin Le Roux were able to immortalise this unique and historic moment. These images alone from the end of the world evoke the magic of epic maritime adventures.
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06 février 2024, 18h51
Historic Cape Horn for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Back in the Atlantic after more than eighteen days in the Southern Ocean! The Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest finish is still a long way off for its leader more than 7,000 theoretical miles left to cover , but this Tuesday 6 February will remain a key date in Charles Caudrelier’s round the world race. The skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the longitude of Cape Horn, at the southern tip of Latin America, at 17:08’40’’ UTC, after 30 days 4 hours 38 minutes and 40 seconds of racing. The fourth Horn in his career, it is his first in solo format. It is also the first time in history that a flying maxi-trimaran has made this legendary passage. Excited and happy to have done with the Southern Ocean, one of the Horn’s deserved nicknames is the Tough Cape or the Cape of deliverance, the sailor of Gitana Team dedicated this third and final cape to his operators and his team.
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08 février 2024
Pictures of aboard during the Arkea Ultim Challennge
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04 février 2024
The beautiful swell of the Pacific
Since yesterday evening, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been able to resume her course towards the Horn after 48 hours of slow progress in the middle of the Pacific. The strongest part of the low-pressure system responsible for this pause is now in front of the bows, but conditions on the approach to the mythical cape remain stormy. Charles Caudrelier has to find the right tempo and deal with the Pacific swell to keep his giant boat moving.
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04 février 2024, 18h38
Making for the Horn
This Sunday 4 February should have marked Charles Caudrelier’s passage around Cape Horn. However, that would not have taken into account the 48 hours at a standstill in the middle of the Pacific to allow a vast low-pressure system to roll through. The latter, anticipated to perfection by the trio who make up the routing cell for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, was quite simply blocking the way forward for the leader of the Arkea Ultim Challenge as it would have generated much too extreme sailing conditions. Since yesterday evening, the five-arrow giant has been able to get back out on the racetrack again, albeit at a very conservative pace, as the atmosphere reigning on the approach to the third cape of this round the world remains tempestuous.
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02 février 2024
The weather calls stoppage time on Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
For the past twenty-five days, Charles Caudrelier has kept plugging away to get the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild making headway as fast as possible. At the head of the Arkea Ultim Challenge fleet since 17 January, the sailor has been setting a very high pace and yesterday boasted a lead of over 3,500 miles ahead of his closest pursuers. However, yesterday evening, with the support of his routing cell, he took the decision to put his race on hold for a period yet to be determined. Indeed, the weather conditions expected this weekend around Cape Horn are proving to be completely incompatible with a passage of the famous rock located in Tierra del Fuego, at the far south of Latin America.
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02 février 2024, 05h08
The weather calls stoppage time on Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
For the past twenty-five days, Charles Caudrelier has kept plugging away to get the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild making headway as fast as possible. At the head of the Arkea Ultim Challenge fleet since 17 January, the sailor has been setting a very high pace and yesterday boasted a lead of over 3,500 miles ahead of his closest pursuers. However, yesterday evening, with the support of his routing cell, he took the decision to put his race on hold for a period yet to be determined. Indeed, the weather conditions expected this weekend around Cape Horn are proving to be completely incompatible with a passage of the famous rock located in Tierra del Fuego, at the far south of Latin America. A very wide low-pressure system resulting from a combination of two depressions, it is set to sweep across the zone in question rendering any sea passage perilous as violent winds gusting from 50 to 70 knots and very heavy seas are expected according to the forecasts.
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01 février 2024, 17h03
Never truly alone
For this twenty-fifth day at sea in the Arkea Ultim Challenge, leader Charles Caudrelier has passed the longitude of the famous Point Nemo, the farthest point on the planet from any emerged land. As such, this passage is normally associated with the idea of isolation. However, for the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the reverse is true. Indeed, having not come across a soul since the Kerguelen Islands, on 22 January, this morning it was with great surprise but undisguised glee that he heard his AIS alarm ring out in the cockpit of his giant. Sailing to his north was a crew competing in the Ocean Globe Race, a round the world race with stopovers but without any technology aboard to assist their navigation. This encounter only lasted a few moments given the massive speed differential between the boats. In light of the boisterous conditions on site at the moment, with Charles Caudrelier having to contend with a fresh breeze of 30-35 knots throughout the day, there was little time for contemplation however.
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01 février 2024
Meeting on the high seas
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31 janvier 2024, 18h24
Direction Point Nemo
In the Arkea Ultim Challenge, the men and their magnificent flying machines bear the scars of the past twenty-four days at sea. The speeds at which they have been circumnavigating the globe almost makes you forget the intensity and commitment required in an exercise such as this for the solo sailors competing in this first edition. A solid leader, Charles Caudrelier is continuing towards Cape Horn at high speed, though the coming days will involve some important choices for the skipper of Gitana Team. The southernmost tip of Latin America is legendary in many ways and the passage around it has to be earned.
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30 janvier 2024
An assault on the deep south!
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29 janvier 2024, 13h39
From one ocean to the next
Since Sunday 28 January, shortly after midnight UTC, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have been leading the way across the Pacific Ocean in the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest, the largest liquid expanse on the planet. In this high-speed waltz in the land of shadows, the major challenge is to get to Cape Horn unscathed.
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29 janvier 2024
Navigation dans les 50e
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28 janvier 2024, 15h31
Pacific straight ahead!
The third week of racing in the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest got off to a flying start for Charles Caudrelier. Not just another Sunday at sea, things have been very active to say the least: a switch from one ocean to the next, another solo record ticked off and the negotiation of a new depression… You’ve got it, there is no time for slacking on the deck of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, which is navigating the waters between Tasmania and New Zealand this afternoon. Despite what he labels as less efficient and more conservative days, the sailor of Gitana Team is continuing to flawlessly transition between one weather system and the next whilst stretching further away from his pursuers. He is more than 2,000 miles ahead of Thomas Coville and 2,700 in front of Armel Le Cléac’h, who have had to contend with a much less cooperative and rather energetic Indian Ocean in terms of the weather.
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28 janvier 2024, 00h24
Single-handed Indian Ocean record for Charles Caudrelier (subject to certification)
This Sunday 28th January, around two days after rounding Cape Leeuwin, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the longitude of the South-East Cape, the southernmost tip of Tasmania (Australia) at 1h03min and 10 seconds (French time) after 20 days 11 hours 33 minutes and 10 seconds of racing.
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26 janvier 2024, 15h26
A new reference time and a change of ocean for Charles Caudrelier
This Friday 26 January, Charles Caudrelier is beginning his 20th day at sea, half of which has been spent at the head of the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest fleet. Late yesterday, European time, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, at the south-west tip of the Australian continent after 18 days 5 hours 44 minutes and 5 seconds. A cracking time, it has enabled the sailor of Gitana Team to set a new solo reference time between the north-west tip of Brittany and the second iconic cape of the round the world. Like a metronome, the Caudrelier / Gitana 17 pairing is really setting the pace for this race, even with their closest rivals relegated to over 1,700 and 2,500 miles astern. After two days of transition under Australia in a meaty breeze and heavy seas, tomorrow evening the leader is set to pass Tasmania and the South East Cape, which marks the end of the Indian and the entry into the Pacific Ocean. The curtain will then rise on Act III of this first solo round the world race for ULTIMs.
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25 janvier 2024, 18h06
The third fastest time in history to Leeuwin, a new single-handed reference time
This Thursday 25 January, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild passed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, at the south-west tip of Australia at 18:14:05 UTC after 18 days 5 hours 44 minutes and 5 seconds of racing.
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25 janvier 2024, 17h15
Approaching the second cape
In less than an hour and a half, if the routers’ estimates prove to be correct, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will cross the longitude of Australia’s Cape Leeuwin, the second iconic cape of this eastbound round the world. However, this latest passage mark is not the end of the Indian Ocean. In fact, the exit lies to the south of Tasmania, on a SE’ly heading. For all that, the skipper of Gitana Team should be able to treat himself to a stellar time at the south-west tip of the Australian continent and improve on the performance posted by François Gabart in 2017. Out on the racetrack, despite a comfortable lead over his closest rivals, going it alone in the Indian Ocean, Charles Caudrelier has certainly had his work cut out. Between Monday afternoon, following his passage of the Kerguelen Archipelago, and last night, he had to put in no fewer than eighteen gybes along the Antarctic Exclusion Zone before he could link onto a long tack eastward. Despite the entirely manageable weather conditions over recent days, such manoeuvring requires a great deal of energy from the solo sailor and dramatically reduces the sleep and recovery phases.
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24 janvier 2024
Day 17, another busy day for Charles Caudrelier
Whilst the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is pointed towards the next mark of this round the world, Cape Leeuwin at the south-west tip of Australia, Charles Caudrelier shares with us the current conditions. Awaiting the next depression, which will take him towards the exit from the Indian Ocean, the skipper of Gitana Team is having to apply himself again in a series of gybes along the AEZ. The atmosphere is chillier in the cockpit of the five-arrow giant, but there are fabulous colours outside amidst sunshine, squalls and low cloud.
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23 janvier 2024, 18h27
Slaloming across the Indian
The sixteenth day at sea for the solo sailors competing in the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest began early afternoon this Tuesday. For Charles Caudrelier, the firm leader of this round the world, the atmosphere is studious on the deck of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Now navigating the stormy tail of a depression, the sailor is having to contend with 20-25-knot WSWly wind and 3-4-metre waves as he links together a series of gybes just shy of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. In the wake of the five-arrow giant, another solo sailor has entered the Indian Ocean. Indeed, since midday Armel Le Cléac’h has joined the club of 3 with Thomas Coville and Charles Caudrelier. Despite damage to his port foil, Anthony Marchand is set to join them very soon. The progress of the skipper of Actual Ultim 3 has slowed and one can imagine that his maxi-trimaran is no longer able to exploit her true potential, but no pit stop is envisaged at this stage.
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22 janvier 2024, 17h57
The Kerguelen Islands astern
This fifteenth day at sea for Charles Caudrelier in the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest has been punctuated by the rounding of the Kerguelen Islands, as well as a delightful encounter offshore of the French archipelago, which makes up one of the five administrative districts of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF). At the latest ranking this evening, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is continuing to go it alone in the Indian Ocean and now boasts a lead of more than 1,400 miles over closest rival, Thomas Coville.
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21 janvier 2024, 11h14
Sunday in the Indian Ocean
This Sunday at 12:30 UTC will mark a fortnight at sea for Charles Caudrelier in the Arkea Ultim Challenge. Since passing the Agulhas Cape at the tip of South Africa on Friday afternoon, the firm leader of the round the world ULTIM race has been navigating the Indian Ocean and he is not hanging around. Managing to slip ahead of a depression four days ago in the South Atlantic, the Gitana Team sailor has been racking up over 800-mile days and, over the course of today, he’ll pass the symbolic barrier of 10,000 miles covered over the ground since the start in Brest on 7 January. Last Wednesday night through into Thursday, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild even came close to posting a new record time for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours: 842 miles posted compared with the reference 850, which François Gabart clocked up in 2017. However, these figures are of no concern to Charles Caudrelier as he admitted yesterday in his latest videos from the ocean. Instead, the skipper is totally dedicated to being completely at one with his fantastic flying machine and getting her making headway.
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21 janvier 2024
Sunrise in the Forties
Late last night, Charles Caudrelier rounded the Crozet archipelago and is now on his way to the Kerguelen Islands, offering us a magnificent sunrise in the Southern Ocean. Weather conditions are exceptional for the start of the Indian Ocean, as evidenced by the cloudless images from onboard and the speeds of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild: almost 800 miles covered in the last 24 hours.
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20 janvier 2024
First day in the Indian Ocean and passing Marion Island
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s first day navigating the Indian Ocean has been punctuated by passing Marion Island. This austral island lies some 1,800 km to the SE of the tip of South Africa. Currently skirting the limit of the ice zone to benefit from the optimum corridor of breeze, the five-arrow giant is continuing to power along at an average speed of over 30 knots.
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20 janvier 2024
New reference time for Charles Caudrelier and Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
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19 janvier 2024, 15h33
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, leading at Good Hope
Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope this Friday 19 January at 13:32:22 UTC. Leading the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest fleet, the skipper of Gitana Team completed the 8,399-mile descent of the Atlantic in 12 days 1 hour 2 minutes and 22 seconds, which equates to an average speed of 28.85 knots in elapsed time.
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18 janvier 2024, 18h06
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the Roaring Forties
The extreme latitudes of the Deep South, the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties, are part and parcel of round the world legend. Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have been navigating these waters since midday. Despite holding the top spot, this 11th day of racing in the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest has been tinged with mixed emotions. Indeed, this morning, the skipper of Gitana Team made no secret of his disappointment following the announcement about the major damage suffered aboard the trimaran SVR-Lazartigue. Water ingress as a result of a collision has forced Tom Laperche to put his race on hold. Beyond the admiration that Charles feels for the youngster of the race, this duo has been the key mover and shaker of the first 7,000 miles of this Round the World and it is always a shame to see an adversary of this calibre out of the game, even if we hope it is just a temporary glitch. Alone at the head of the fleet, now over 712 miles ahead of Thomas Coville, third, Charles Caudrelier is due to cross the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope tomorrow afternoon. A symbolic step, above all else it marks his entry into the Southern Ocean.
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17 janvier 2024, 17h33
Change of leader
At the head of the Arkea Ultim Challenge fleet, Charles Caudrelier and Tom Laperche are continuing their incredible high-speed dash across the South Atlantic. Over the past 24 hours, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has devoured over 800 nautical miles on her way to the Cape of Good Hope and the average speed is unlikely to decrease over the coming hours. Still accompanied by a fellow escapee, the top duo is currently navigating a NW’ly wind of around 25 knots at the edge of a front, which will propel them towards the Roaring Forties and the gateway to the Southern Ocean. In terms of the ranking, this Wednesday has been punctuated by a change of leader since Charles Caudrelier gained the upper hand over the youngster of the race in the early hours, snatching back the reins in this round the world race; a position he yielded last Saturday.
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17 janvier 2024
Crossing tacks as if match racing in the South Atlantic
After 10 days of racing in the Arkea Ultim Challenge and with the head of the fleet closing on the Roaring Forties in the midst of the South Atlantic, Charles Caudrelier treats us to the fabulous spectacle of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and SVR Lazartigue crossing tacks in the early hours. The two giants have been sailing in close contact for days. This morning, each of them is carving out their own route enabling the skipper of Gitana Team to snatch the lead.
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16 janvier 2024, 18h17
Aboard the South Atlantic express train
Late yesterday, Charles Caudrelier was passing offshore of the Brazilian coast, abeam of Cabo Frio and the latitude of Rio de Janeiro. This Tuesday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has bent her course right around towards the south-east to begin her passage across the South Atlantic, bound for the first major cape Good Hope of this Arkea Ultim Challenge. The pace is high and the rhythm being set by the solo sailors is impressing enthusiasts and enlightened observers alike, yet these long downwind tacks are also proving to be a great opportunity to recuperate prior to the tough conditions of the Southern Ocean, as the skipper of Gitana Team admits. At the head of the fleet, the duel between the top two is as intense as ever. At this evening’s ranking, Tom Laperche’s lead had shrunk considerably and Charles Caudrelier had closed to within 10 miles of the young leader.
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16 janvier 2024
Heat and DIY aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
As the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild continues her descent of the South Atlantic at 30 degrees south, the heat is still pervading the cockpit of the 32-metre cockpit. However, Charles Caudrelier has a few ideas up his sleeve to protect himself and get a more restorative sleep…
News
15 janvier 2024, 16h05
Video
15 janvier 2024
Full on wake-up call on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild!
After a night posting high speeds Charles Caudrelier and Tom Laperche are continuing their descent of the South Atlantic offshore of Brazil, nearly 400 nautical miles (740km) ahead of their closest pursuer, Thomas Coville.
News
13 janvier 2024, 16h35
At the gateway to the South Atlantic
After a little over six days of racing, the head of the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest fleet will leave the North Atlantic in their wake over the coming hours and start making headway in the southern hemisphere. Charles Caudrelier and Tom Laperche are continuing to stretch away from their pursuers and are still leading the way as they approach the north coast of Brazil. They’ve benefited from fairly inactive doldrums to rapidly gain southing this Saturday and are due to cross the equator midway through this evening. Over 200 miles astern, their closest rivals are beginning to suffer the vagaries of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone as evidenced by a significant drop in their average speed.
News
12 janvier 2024, 17h22
Southbound
The Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest fleet began its sixth day at sea this Friday at midday. Two sailors have been trading places at the head of the fleet since the depression rolled through on Wednesday night through into Thursday. Charles Caudrelier and Tom Laperche have managed to transform their lead of a few miles into a small majority. At the 17:00 UTC position report, the race youngster had snatched back control with a 7-mile cushion, whilst Banque Populaire XI and Sodebo Ultim 3, respectively 3rd and 4th, were positioned 222 miles and 236 miles astern of the leader. After a day of transition making headway downwind, giving the solo sailors a welcome respite to recharge their batteries, another important passage awaits the 32-metre giants and their skipper tomorrow. Indeed, prior to being able to celebrate the change of hemisphere and the start of a passage negotiating the southern latitudes, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and his round the world companions, are set to cross swords with the famous doldrums.
News
11 janvier 2024, 18h41
Post front
The depression that the solo sailors in the Arkea Ultim Challenge had to contend with last night was something that everyone was dreading given that the various weather models were forecasting a rapid but violent phenomenon. And they were right: average winds of around 30 knots, with powerful gusts in excess of 50 knots recorded… the whole thing associated with significant storm activity and raging seas. Shortly after 21:00 UTC, Charles Caudrelier was the first to launch into a sequence of major manoeuvres and pass the front, Tom Laperche hot on his heels. The duo managed to steal a bit of a march on their closest rivals Armel Le Cléac’h and Thomas Coville constantly jockeying for the top spot in the ULTIM fleet and trading places according to the position reports. At the 18:00 UTC report, the top two boasted a lead of around thirty miles. In reality, their advantage is closer to 100 miles as the distance on the cartography is calculated in relation to the rhumb line (direct route, editor’s note) rather than in line with the upcoming weather options.
News
10 janvier 2024, 17h49
Premier passage de front
Time goes by and every day is different in the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest fleet. Released from the clutches of the high pressure, which blocked progress yesterday offshore of the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and his travelling companions are preparing to tackle some boisterous conditions over the coming hours. Indeed, tonight they will have to negotiate the first storm of their round the world. On the menu, a front is set to roll through and they have to position a gybe just right in an average of 30 knots of breeze, with seas possibly reaching 4-5 metres. Though this latest weather phenomenon is due to be short-lived, it will be no less intense for Charles Caudrelier and his fellow ULTIM solo sailors, especially as the seas will remain heavy for some time.
Video
10 janvier 2024
Heading for the first low-pressure area
"End of the third day at sea. We passed Madeira last night and now we're on a little reaching, we're going to be looking for a big front with a bit of wind in it and some seas!"
News
09 janvier 2024, 17h15
Wiping the slate clean offshore of Madeira!
Setting sail from Brest on Sunday at 12:30 UTC, the Arkea Ultim Challenge fleet has had a third day at sea, this one punctuated by light airs. Whilst Charles Caudrelier and his five companions on this round the world race enjoyed a brisk start to the race, really fulfilling the potential of their fantastic flying machines, today has seen a complete change of atmosphere and the speeds have plummeted. Indeed, short of breeze since this morning, the 32-metre giants are rounding a zone of high pressure. To negotiate the random conditions synonymous with this anticyclonic zone to best effect, the sailors know that opportunism and patience will be their weapons of choice. This is especially true given that the weather scenario is proving favourable for a general bunching up of the fleet as they approach the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. Charles Caudrelier has yielded his lead by a handful of miles to Thomas Coville. In fact, the two men even crossed tacks within a few boat lengths of one another this afternoon amidst an oceanic match racing atmosphere.
News
08 janvier 2024, 17h29
In contact
The Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest has got off to a great start. Yesterday, at 12:30 UTC, the fleet of six giants treated us to a spectacular show to pay tribute to the large crowds both on land and at sea. After the first rather timid tack in Archimedean mode, the wind steadily picked up the further offshore the solo sailors got. These extra few knots filling the sails enabled the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her rivals to really show off their potential in flight mode. Stood up on their foils, their hulls airborne, they set sail on their first single-handed round the world race: sublime! Since then, the initial moments at sea have been spent in close contact with the rest of the fleet. Already making headway abeam of Portugal this afternoon, after a little over 24 hours of racing, Charles Caudrelier is a few miles ahead, leading the way southward.
Video
08 janvier 2024
The first images of aboard
Photos
07 janvier 2024
D Day : the start of the Arkea Ultim Challenge
Video
08 janvier 2024
Writing history! - ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE - Brest
Very emotional before the crowds of Brest, the six solo sailors have taken the start of the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE - Brest today, thus making their mark on history. Surprisingly serene before casting off on this single-handed round the world, Charles Caudrelier set sail aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild at 12:30 UTC on the most marvellous of offshore racecourses. The genuine fulfilment of a childhood dream, a massive challenge now awaits the skipper of #GitanaTeam!
News
07 janvier 2024, 10h05
Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest, writing history
Sunday 7 January 2024, 12:30 UTC. An appointment made a considerable time ago, for the past few weeks it has seemed a very long way off, but here we are! The six sailors set sail from Brest at the given time to tackle what must surely be the most marvellous offshore racecourse: the round the world under sail. However, for the first time in history, the circumnavigation will consist of a single-handed multihull race. And as one of the event’s partner’s said to the skippers a few days ago: they shall forever be the first. Dockside this morning, the emotion was etched across all the faces as if reflecting the sizeable challenge ahead. Accompanied by their family, friends and teams, Charles Caudrelier, Anthony Marchand, Tom Laperche, Armel Le Cléac’h, Thomas Coville and Eric Péron one by one joined their 32-metre giant before parading out of the teeming Brest narrows and heading out to sea. For Charles Caudrelier, at the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, today is a childhood dream come true: he’s setting sail on his first single-handed round the world race.
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07 janvier 2024
D Day : just before the start
The last moments with Charles Caudrelier before living for the first edition of the Arkea Ultim Challenge
News
06 janvier 2024, 19h21
WAYPOINT, Gitana Team’s new round the world rendez-vous
Every Thursday, throughout the Arkea Ultim Challenge, the Gitana Team will offer you the complete low-down on Charles Caudrelier’s race aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Through its weekly video broadcast, you’ll discover on-board images, an analysis of the weather and strategy as delivered by the members of the routing cell, plus we’ll take you behind the scenes of the five-arrow racing stable when its flagship is racing. This rendez-vous will conclude with a long interview from the ocean each week with a different distinguished guest. Charles will share his thoughts and feelings with us throughout this epic adventure.
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06 janvier 2024
Arkea Ultim Challenge, Start Village in Brest
On 7 January 2024, the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest, the first solo round-the-world race for Ultims, the 32-metre flying maxi-trimarans, will get underway. At the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Charles Caudrelier will be one of the six pioneering sailors in this planetary adventure. With over 22,000 nautical miles (40,000 km) to cover, leaving to port the three great emblematic capes of the circumnavigation of the globe, the first solo sailors are expected to reach Brest after 45 to 50 days at sea, with a return journey scheduled for around 20 February.
Video
05 janvier 2024
The race course by Charles Caudrelier
Charles Caudrelier takes us on a journey around the Arkea Ultim Challenge planetary course via the new animated creation devised by the PolaRYSE teams. An exceptional event, an extraordinary course. More than 22,000 miles lie ahead of Charles Caudrelier and his 5 rivals at the start of the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest. It all starts with a descent of the North Atlantic and a passage through the doldrums, before switching across to the southern latitudes and setting a course towards Good Hope and the Southern Ocean. At that point, the rounding of the Antarctic takes precedence with a passage across the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Around twenty days navigating the cold and isolation, it is particularly dreaded by solo sailors. This long sea passage will take them to the legendary Cape Horn. The return to the Atlantic is often synonymous with deliverance, but the sailors know only too well that the final slog northwards is strewn with obstacles and always very difficult, with two zones of high pressure to negotiate, another Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone and above all a final section of racetrack, which can be very boisterous in winter.
Photos
06 janvier 2024
Brest : last sail before departure
Forty-eight hours before the start of the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild made the most of the clement weather conditions to carry out a final sailing session off the city of Ponant. These last few miles before the start of the race, still scheduled for Sunday at 13h30, were greeted by the beautiful lights typical of the harbour around Brest.
Video
04 janvier 2024
Portrait de Charles Caudrelier
News
04 janvier 2024, 11h14
Charles Caudrelier, first single-handed round the world race for a debut!
Skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild since 2019, the date he joined the Gitana racing stable, today Charles Caudrelier boasts one of the finest track records in French offshore racing. And yet, the man who put in his first tacks in the bay of Port-la-Forêt, in Brittany, fuelled by his father’s passion for the sport, and who will celebrate his 50th birthday on 26 February, will this Sunday set sail on his very first single-handed round the world race. For this unprecedented and epic maritime adventure the flying ULTIMs have never before competed on this 22,000-mile course there will be six sailors. A limited line-up, the quality is a guarantee of an incredibly intense 45 to 50-day race on a planetary scale. A rookie in this Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest, Charles Caudrelier remains one of the favourites. A title he fulfilled very successfully in November 2022 in the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe.
News
07 décembre 2023, 08h47
The GITANA lineage continues
The members of Gitana Team were gathered around Ariane de Rothschild in Paris this Thursday 7 December for a celebration, the presentation of the Henri Kummerman Award by the Académie de Marine, as well as a major announcement regarding the future of the five-arrow racing stable. Heiress to a quite unique family maritime saga, Ariane de Rothschild intends to continue this legendary lineage which, together with her husband Benjamin de Rothschild, they have transformed into a school of excellence and a genuine technological laboratory. In the summer of 2017, Gitana Team unveiled the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild: a pioneer! The first large offshore racing trimaran designed to fly in the open ocean. Six years on, the team is announcing her descendant. A new flying steed created by a unified Verdier/Gitana design team and built in Lorient by CDK Technologies. This latest generation maxi-multihull will come into the world in 2025.
News
07 décembre 2023, 08h44
The Henri Kummerman Award presented to Ariane de Rothschild
The Henri Kummerman Award, presented to Ariane de Rothschild this Thursday by the Académie de Marine, rewards a personality or a team whose work or successes stand out in the field of improvements to construction methods or commercial shipping operations of all kinds.
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18 novembre 2023, 15h48
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild heads back out to sea
Late last Tuesday in Martinique, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre - Normandie Le Havre. Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël secured third place in the ULTIM category after more than 16 days at sea. Their podium place came as the result of a brave struggle and with hindsight the duo made no secret of their pride at getting their injured animal safely dockside in Fort-de-France. Four days later, thanks to some exemplary work by her shore team, the five-arrow giant has been able to set a course for home and her base with a view to a rapid refit and, most importantly, the singlehanded round the world race, the Arkea Ultim Challenge.
Video
18 novembre 2023
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild heads back out to sea
News
15 novembre 2023, 04h07
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 3rd into Fort-de-France
The duo aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild timed their arrival to perfection! Yesterday, on Tuesday 14 November, it was 17:10 hours (local time), 21:10 hours (UTC) when the five-arrow giant entered Fort-de-France Bay, resulting in a sublime passage across the finish line, lit up by the last rays of sunshine. On their arrival dockside, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël were welcomed by a large crowd of locals, who had come out in force to pay tribute to the sailors’ performance after 16 days 9 hours 5 minutes and 43 seconds at sea and nearly 10,000 miles (18,500 kilometres) covered since the start in Le Havre on 29 October. The men of Gitana Team post the 3rd best performance of the ULTIM fleet in this Coffee Route and complete the podium in an event which saw the brilliant Maxi Banque Populaire XI take victory on Sunday evening.
Video
15 novembre 2023
A highly instructive transatlantic
Sometimes we learn the most from failures! such was Charles Caudrelier’s sentiment on his arrival in Martinique a few minutes after the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the line and bagged 3rd place in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Affected by damage to the boat throughout the 10,000-mile journey from Le Havre to Fort-de-France, the winner of the Route du Rhum 2022 and his co-skipper Erwan Israël demonstrated real tenacity in their bid to overcome their technical issues and snatch the 3rd step of the ULTIM podium.
News
14 novembre 2023, 21h39
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 3rd into Fort-de-France
The ULTIM podium for the 2023 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre - Normandie Le Havre is complete. After the Maxi Banque Populaire XI, outright champion of the Coffee Route, and runner-up SVR-Lazartigue, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is the third giant to make landfall in Martinique. It was at 17:10 hours (local time), 21:10 hours (UTC) this Tuesday 14 November, that she crossed the finish line in Fort-de-France Bay. A much-appreciated daytime arrival, it gave rise to some fabulous images to conclude this epic transatlantic with Gitana 17 fully powered up in flight mode as she passed the famous Diamond Rock, as well as enabling the public to come out in force to welcome the duo of Gitana Team. The intense racing of the past 16 days 9 hours 5 minutes and 43 seconds was etched on their faces, but the beaming smiles of Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël as they crossed the line spoke volumes about their delight at being able to complete this race.
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15 novembre 2023
Transat Jaqcues Vabre's arrival
The ULTIM podium for the 2023 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre - Normandie Le Havre is complete. After the Maxi Banque Populaire XI, outright champion of the Coffee Route, and runner-up SVR-Lazartigue, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is the third giant to make landfall in Martinique. It was at 17:10 hours (local time), 21:10 hours (UTC) this Tuesday 14 November, that she crossed the finish line in Fort-de-France Bay. A much-appreciated daytime arrival, it gave rise to some fabulous images to conclude this epic transatlantic with Gitana 17 fully powered up in flight mode as she passed the famous Diamond Rock, as well as enabling the public to come out in force to welcome the duo of Gitana Team. The intense racing of the past 16 days 9 hours 5 minutes and 43 seconds was etched on their faces, but the beaming smiles of Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël as they crossed the line spoke volumes about their delight at being able to complete this race.
News
13 novembre 2023, 16h00
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 800 miles from the finish in Fort-de-France
The 2023 edition of the Coffee Route is nearing its end. Yesterday, the Maxi Banque Populaire XI was the first to take the chequered flag as it crossed the finish line in Fort-de-France Bay after 14 days and 10 hours of racing. SVR - Lazartigue followed suit five hours later to secure 2nd place after a fantastic duel. Armel Le Cléac’h and his team posted a very fine performance to succeed the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild on the list of winners of the event. Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël are now closing on the finish line themselves - 800 miles to go this Monday afternoon but aboard their injured’ maxi-trimaran the duo is still under threat from its pursuers in the quest for the final podium place. Finally clear of the doldrums, which proved much less cooperative for them that it was with their rivals, the men of Gitana Team have latched onto some fresh breeze and are busily honing their trim as they take turns at the helm. For now, their ETA is scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday 14 November late in the day local time in Fort-de-France.
Video
13 novembre 2023
On the home straight to Fort-de-France
Late yesterday evening, the Maxi Banque Populaire XI was first across the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre - Normandie Le Havre. This morning Erwan Israël and Gitana Team congratulated Armel Le Cléac’h and all of the Team Banque Populaire for this fantastic victory. At sea, the race continues for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, which shook itself free of the doldrums overnight. A long final straight now lies ahead of the bows of the five-arrow maxi-trimaran with less than 900 miles to go to Martinique!
News
11 novembre 2023, 15h50
Repairs and a ballet of Brazilian gybes
Like the top two in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been weaving her way downwind along the edge of the traffic exclusion zone off northern Brazil. This game of gybes, which has already required a great deal of manoeuvring and concentration from the duos, has been spiced up by a rather tough DIY session aboard the five-arrow giant. However, the news from the open ocean is positive this Saturday! The skipper spent a large part of last night at the back of the central hull repairing yesterday morning’s damage to the steering system. There has been considerable loss of ground in the ranking on both the Maxi Banque Populaire XI and SVR-Lazartigue, but thanks to all their efforts and constantly taking it in turns at the helm, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël have managed to maintain an acceptable lead ahead of their rivals. Some 1,500 miles from the finish, there is still a long way to go, especially with the curveball presented by a second passage of the doldrums over the coming hours. This is not a scenario the top two maxi-multihulls will have to deal with however, so they will likely extend their lead still further before Fort-de-France.
Video
11 novembre 2023
Helm system back in operation aboard Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Since the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has had to contend with a certain number of technical issues. Yesterday morning though, they suffered serious damage to the steering system, forcing them to take it in turns helming the giant using just the central rudder. This breakage is causing them to lose a lot of ground in relation to the head of the fleet. However, this morning, there was more positive news for Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël. Late last night, the skipper of Gitana 17 found the energy to implement the repair process concocted by the men of Gitana Team back on land. The shore team hailed this massive job on this the anniversary of the armistice. Though the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is still not operating at her true potential, she now has more weapons at her disposal to try to defend her podium place in Martinique...
News
10 novembre 2023, 13h02
Serious damage to the steering system aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
After 12 days of racing, the leading ULTIMs are attacking the home straight of their epic 7,500-mile course across the Atlantic and are currently sailing downwind towards the northern hemisphere, immediately adjacent to a large exclusion zone along the north coast of Brazil where navigation is not permitted. For the men on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, this final section of the race is set to be even more difficult than suspected since an incident that occurred this morning. In fact, since setting sail from Le Havre, on 29 October, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël have not been spared of technical woes. As such, they have had to very quickly try to get the best out of a boat that was no longer at her full potential and adapt their race accordingly. This morning, an impact caused serious damage to the steering system and the sailors will have to contend with the major breakage all the way to the finish line, which is still some 2,000 miles away.
News
08 novembre 2023, 16h43
Ascension Island astern and Martinique ahead for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Since yesterday, and the Imocas’ morning departure from Le Havre, the whole of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2023 fleet has been doing battle on the Atlantic Ocean. However, as the Vendée Globe monohulls begin their 2nd day at sea, for the ULTIMs, this Wednesday 8 November heralds the 10th day of racing. Shortly after 14:00 UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild rounded the course mark of Ascension Island at 8° South in third place, with a deficit of around five hours in relation to the top duo. This eagerly awaited passage around the British island marked not only the start of the final section of the course to Martinique, but also the end of a very long beat that began on exiting the doldrums three days earlier. The five-arrow giant is now sailing downwind, her favourite point of sail according to her skipper, with 3,000 miles to go until the finish in Martinique. Despite the ground lost over the past 24 hours, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël are attacking this new section of the race with real determination. Indeed, the battle is far from over and the sailors are well aware that their machines can play catch up, but also fall off the pace, in the blink of an eye.
News
06 novembre 2023, 17h45
Beating towards Ascension
Yesterday, the ULTIMs celebrated their first week of racing in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2023. However, now is not really the time for celebration aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. For Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël, the hours spent in the doldrums have been particularly gruelling both physically and in terms of the ranking. Since then, the Gitana Team duo has put this tough passage to the back of its mind and has been able to make the most of the more favourable conditions to recharge their batteries and get back on the hunt. Third this Monday evening, theoretically around thirty miles shy of the firm leader, the Maxi Banque Populaire XI, they are continuing to apply themselves and take it in turns with the trimming to optimise the trajectory and speed of the five-arrow giant.
Video
06 novembre 2023
Beating towards Ascension Island
After a week of racing, and with the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild sailing in the trades of the South Atlantic since yesterday, close-hauled, bound for Ascension Island, Charles Caudrelier gave us a quick analysis of the miles covered and cast his mind forward to the second half of the course. Third and, in theory, some fifty or so miles shy of the leader, Banque Populaire, the sailors of Gitana Team have managed to rack up a few precious hours of sleep after a passage through the doldrums that was as cruel as it was energy-zapping.
News
04 novembre 2023, 16h16
Single file through the doldrums
After six days of racing, the leaders of the Coffee Route are negotiating their first passage through the doldrums, the notorious and dreaded inter-tropical convergence zone located a few degrees to the north of the equator. Heading the fleet, the Maxi Banque Populaire XI was the first to cross its threshold this afternoon and has stalled dramatically over the past few hours. In her wake, in 2nd place, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël are making the most of the situation to claw back every possible mile, well aware that in this constantly shifting zone, opportunism and quick reactions are vital. A sentiment heightened by the fact that just astern of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the rest of the fleet is poised to pounce, starting with the Gabart / Laperche duo.
Podcast
04 novembre 2023
News
03 novembre 2023, 16h08
Strong trade wind vibes
This Transat Jacques Vabre 2023 clearly has its fair share of surprises and contrasts. After an intense start to the race in rough weather, the five duos which make up the ULTIM line-up had to demonstrate both patience and self-sacrifice in their negotiation of the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira to traverse a ridge of high pressure barring the way for their journey southward. Released from the clutches of the anticyclone late yesterday morning, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her rivals were quick to put pedal to the metal and dramatically up the tempo. Since then, the fleet of maxi-multihulls has been embroiled in a drag race through the trades as they head towards Cape Verde. Following a great option as they negotiated Madeira, the Maxi Banque Populaire XI is leading the troops at a rapid pace. On the attack in their wake, on port tack, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël are sparing no effort in their bid to defend their current second place. On this long leg towards the doldrums and the next course mark of São Pedro e São Paulo, concentration, trimming and precision piloting are punctuating the watches aboard the leading boats in the Coffee Route.
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02 novembre 2023
Madeira astern on the southbound express!
The ridge of high pressure barring the way forward for the duos is now astern of the ULTIM fleet. Passing Madeira proved to be a tricky and rather strategic affair with various options on the cards. Whilst the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild passed to the south of the island yesterday evening, Armel Le Cléac'h opted to pass to the north of the Portuguese archipelago. And though the wind struggled to get moving again this morning, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël were preparing to very quickly latch back onto the right conditions to slip along at high speed.
News
01 novembre 2023, 12h38
Stalling around Madeira
Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israël have known since last Sunday’s start in Le Havre that the transition southward would require a great deal of patience as they try to negotiate an area of light winds. Indeed, following an intense start to the race in some difficult and boisterous conditions for both the men and their machines, as they close on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira this morning the ambiance is flat calm on the deck of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. In reality, a ridge of high pressure is sprawled across the ULTIMs’ route, causing their progress towards the trade wind to slow dramatically. Synonymous with a windless zone, as well as a general bunching up of the fleet, this section has the air of a restart and it could be an important turning point in this 16th Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre.
Video
01 novembre 2023
A restart at Madeira?
Whilst Brittany and more broadly France’s Atlantic coast prepare to be battered by storm Ciaran, at the head of the ULTIM fleet, which is approaching the archipelago of Madeira, it is flat calm. This windless section has heralded a bunching up of the leader board. Charles Caudrelier shares this pond-like’ yet tense atmosphere.
Podcast
01 novembre 2023
News
31 octobre 2023, 16h38
Ridge of high pressure straight ahead with stalling likely
Setting sail from Le Havre shortly after 12:00 UTC on Sunday, the fleet of giants has just completed two testing days on the water for both the men and the machines. With the start of the race marked by breeze and heavy seas more than 50 knots reported in the English Channel and nearly 5-metre waves offshore yesterday the leaders are due to stumble up against a wide ridge of high pressure in the coming hours. A genuine meteorological barrier across the road to the trade wind and the next course mark of Porto Santo, in the Madeira archipelago, will translate as an abrupt change to the pace set by the duos since the start. It is a scenario which Charles Caudrelier described in detail at this morning’s radio link-up.
Podcast
31 octobre 2023
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30 octobre 2023, 16h17
In the pack bound for Cape Finisterre
At 12:05 UTC yesterday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her adversaries were the first to take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. In a SSW’ly wind of around thirty knots and heavy seas, the five duos signed up for the ULTIM class were able to show off the potential of their fantastic giants of the seas, powered up at over 35 knots as they responded to the call of the open ocean… For the reigning champion, this rather full-on start phase was synonymous with stress with two spectacular bear aways, which the photographers and cameramen close to the action are unlikely to forget any time soon. More scared than hurt, once the helm issue was identified and resolved, the five-arrow giant moved back up to the head of the fleet. After 24 hours at sea, punctuated by some relatively boisterous and shifty conditions and a long beat westwards to hunt down a front to the south of Ireland, the ULTIMs are now all barrelling southwards towards Cape Finisterre, which they’re set to reach this evening.
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29 octobre 2023
The power of the port of Le Havre!
This 2023 start will go down in Transat Jacques Vabre history. Not only for the epic spectacle offshore of Cap de la Hève with a SSW’ly wind of around thirty knots and the sailors eager to stretch their steeds’ legs’, but also because the fleet making for Martinique has been split apart. Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the skipper Charles Caudrelier, this year supported by Erwan Israël, made no secret of his delight at finally rediscovering the open ocean and competition. Right now, it’s over to the sport and the battle is already raging at the front of the pack.
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30 octobre 2023
Transat Jacques Vabre, departure time !
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29 octobre 2023, 13h39
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29 octobre 2023, 08h25
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild heads to the line for a boisterous start
For this late October showdown, Europe is being swept up in a succession of powerful autumnal depressions. It is in these boisterous conditions that the 16th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre will set sail this Sunday 29 October.
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25 octobre 2023, 10h27
Transat Jacques Vabre, final straight before the call of the open ocean
Moored in the Bassin de l’Eure at the heart of Le Havre in north-east France since last Thursday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is patiently awaiting the green light alongside four more ULTIMs, which make up the fleet of giants in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2023. For its 30th anniversary, tickets to compete in the Coffee Route are all sold out with more than ninety-five duos entered into four classes, which equates to nearly two hundred sailors setting sail for Martinique, where the finish of this major transatlantic race is now decided. A triple event champion since his notable victory in ULTIM in 2021 alongside Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier is defending his title at the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. This year, he’ll be accompanied by Erwan Israël, Gitana Team’s talented navigator and router, who will make his double-handed transatlantic debut in a few days.
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24 octobre 2023, 05h40
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24 octobre 2023
Le Havre, Transat Jacques Vabre 2023
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01 octobre 2023, 14h39
24h Ultim: A very promising warm-up
The second edition of the 24h Ultim has been playing out in Lorient since last Friday. Following Sodebo’s withdrawal due to damage to her daggerboard on the eve of the competition, the remaining four maxi-trimarans initially got embroiled in some speed runs before facing off in a 340-mile offshore course off the tip of Brittany. In preparation for the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre, the teams set sail double-handed at noon yesterday, accompanied by an on-board reporter. Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, this was the first race meet for the Charles Caudrelier / Erwan Israël pairing. Securing a second place this Sunday, just three minutes shy of winner Banque Populaire, the crew on the five-arrow giant were pleased with the work carried out during the spring refit and confirmed that they are very much on the pace for the major sports challenges which await the men of Gitana Team. Indeed, in one month’s time, the fleet of giants will be in Le Havre for the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which promises to be just as thrilling as the showstopping spectacle offered up this weekend.
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01 octobre 2023
24h Ultim, the art of close contact
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is back racing and the weekend's results are promising, although Banque Populaire took the honours at the finish line this morning for three minutes. The 2nd edition of the 24h Ultim was particularly hotly contested. This bodes well for the Transat Jacques Vabre, the start of which is less than a month away.
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01 octobre 2023
24h Ultim
The second edition of the 24h Ultim has been playing out in Lorient since last Friday. Following Sodebo’s withdrawal due to damage to her daggerboard on the eve of the competition, the remaining four maxi-trimarans initially got embroiled in some speed runs before facing off in a 340-mile offshore course off the tip of Brittany. In preparation for the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre, the teams set sail double-handed at noon yesterday, accompanied by an on-board reporter. Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, this was the first race meet for the Charles Caudrelier / Erwan Israël pairing. Securing a second place this Sunday, just three minutes shy of winner Banque Populaire, the crew on the five-arrow giant were pleased with the work carried out during the spring refit and confirmed that they are very much on the pace for the major sports challenges which await the men of Gitana Team. Indeed, in one month’s time, the fleet of giants will be in Le Havre for the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which promises to be just as thrilling as the showstopping spectacle offered up this weekend.
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17 avril 2023, 16h21
Spring break for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Mid-April is typically a period synonymous with the relaunching of offshore race boats after a lengthy winter refit tucked safely away in yards. This year though, due to a Jules Verne Trophy attempt, the upcoming programme for Gitana Team and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is not following the traditional route. Hauled out late last week, on Thursday 13 April, the flying maxi-trimaran is finally ready for her spring refit! For the next three months then, the recent winner of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe will be examined in great detail by the members of the five-arrow team. Amidst maintenance, development and making her reliable, the jobs list is both substantial and ambitious, and the same is true of Charles Caudrelier’s sports programme for the second half of the season.
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12 février 2023, 14h24
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild takes on the Jules Verne Trophy
Having cast off from Lorient in the early hours of this Sunday morning, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the start line off the island of Ushant at 13h 9 min 30s UTC in her attempt to secure the Jules Verne Trophy. At the helm of the 32-metre giant, Charles Caudrelier, Franck Cammas and their four crew are taking on the prestigious round the world race against the clock. The aim: to beat the record of 40 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes set in 2017 by Francis Joyon and the men of IDEC. To achieve this, Gitana Team will have to make it back to Brest and the Le Créac’h lighthouse before 25 March 2023 at 12h 38min 59s UTC. Though rather unique, the weather window on offer to the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is certainly worth a go, as there might well be a series of great opportunities for the five-arrow crew to snap up along the way.
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26 janvier 2023, 14h00
Charles Caudrelier, from one circumnavigation of the globe to another
Currently awaiting favourable weather conditions to set sail on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy with the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Charles Caudrelier is closely monitoring progress in another round the world: The Ocean Race. For eight years, the race formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race was part of his life and saw him secure two wins out of three participations. He discusses his memories and his take on the new formula and the skippers who dream of succeeding him on the winners’ list.
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23 novembre 2022, 17h48
The Rhum is an immense pleasure for sharing!
One week ago to the day, in the pitch black of a night in Guadeloupe after 6 days 19 hours 47 minutes and 25 seconds of intense effort, Charles Caudrelier realised a childhood dream by securing victory in the 12th Route du Rhum- Destination Guadeloupe. At the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the first maxi-trimaran of her generation to pave the way forward for oceanic flight, the sailor from north-west France scored a double victory. Not only did he outdo his rivals to take the win, he also improved on the 2018 event record by nearly a day.
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23 novembre 2022
Victory to the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the Route du Rhum, the day-by-day account
It’s already been a week since Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the finish line in the 12th Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe as champions. To relive this momentous occasion and the fabulous transatlantic passage that culminated in victory, we are treating you to 6 minutes of on-board footage and private moments from
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16 novembre 2022, 20h13
Charles Caudrelier, Outright winner of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
He’d dreamed about it… and now it’s a done deal! Charles Caudrelier has become part of the Route du Rhum legend by securing a masterful win in the 12th edition of the most famous of France’s singlehanded transatlantic races. Indeed, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild led the way from beginning to end, only relinquishing the top spot on the very odd occasion. The solo sailor crossed the finish line in the bay of Pointe-à-Pitre on Wednesday 16 November 2022 at 5h02 (local time), 9h02 UTC, completing the theoretical 3,542-mile course between Saint Malo and Guadeloupe in 6 days 19 hours 47 minutes and 25 seconds. It was by posting an average speed of 21,6 knots along the direct course, or 26,9 knots over the ground that Charles Caudrelier and the flying maxi-trimaran made butterfly island.
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16 novembre 2022
Finish of the Route du Rhum
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16 novembre 2022
Charles Caudrelier and Gitana Team, Outright winners of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe
He’d dreamed about it… and now it’s a done deal! Charles Caudrelier has become part of the Route du Rhum legend by securing a masterful win in the 12th edition of the most famous of France’s singlehanded transatlantic races. Indeed, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild led the way from beginning to end, only relinquishing the top spot on the very odd occasion.
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15 novembre 2022, 12h30
Final sprint to Guadeloupe before the round the island circuit…
Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Charles Caudrelier is beginning his final day at sea in this Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. Indeed, according to the latest estimates from his routing cell, the leader of the Ultims is expected to make landfall at the Tête à l’anglais, to the north of the island, this evening local time, which equates to the middle of the night in Europe. However, that won’t be the end of the race for the solo sailor, quite the contrary in fact. A tough and much dreaded exercise will commence at that point as he launches onto the circuit around the island of Guadeloupe. Over these last few miles, around fifty nautical miles in all, the hierarchy was completely turned on its head four years ago, offering Francis Joyon a memorable victory. Taking the competitors along the west coast of butterfly island to hunt down a mark at Basse-Terre, the course then snakes around the southern tip of the island and into the Canal des Saintes, with the finish line set in the bay of Pointe-à-Pitre.
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15 novembre 2022
Route du Rhum arrival, aerial flight
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09 novembre 2022
Start of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe
The start of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe was a long time coming, but this Wednesday, at 14:15 hours, the 138 sailors competing in the 2022 edition set off at quite a lick. Upwind in a WSW’ly breeze of around twenty knots, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild powered off at the front, immediately taking control of the fleet of Ultims.
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09 novembre 2022, 20h29
Liberating start and first honours at Fréhel
The start of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe was a long time coming, but this Wednesday, at 14:15 hours, the 138 sailors competing in the 2022 edition set off at quite a lick. Upwind in a WSW’ly breeze of around twenty knots, Charles Caudrelier and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild powered off at the front, immediately taking control of the fleet of Ultims. After a tack offshore and a little over an hour’s racing, the skipper of Gitana Team treated himself to first honours at Cap Fréhel, some eight minutes or so ahead of second placed Armel Le Cléac’h. A single sour note still hangs over this very fine start to the race by the five-arrow maxi-trimaran. Indeed, the Race Committee believes that the sailor was too early on the line. This mistake, which incurs a severe 4-hour time penalty according to the Sailing Instructions, is currently being contested by the skipper, who may request a redress. Watch this space…
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10 novembre 2022
Start of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe
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05 novembre 2022
Route du Rhum village - second week
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31 octobre 2022, 18h10
Flying Offshore, season 2 Diving into the Gitana Team’s innermost recesses
Flying Offshore has coloured the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s signature since it was created, on 17 July 2017. Indeed, from the outset, the ambition of Ariane, Benjamin de Rothschild and the Gitana Team through this project has been to construct and fine-tune the first flying maxi-trimaran for offshore racing capable of pulling off the incredible technological challenge of circumnavigating the planet. This title came about fairly naturally as a way to embody Gitana Team’s documentary series.
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02 octobre 2022, 17h24
24h Ultim, first solo victory for Charles Caudrelier
In the early hours of this Sunday 2 October, guided by the light of the Pen-Men lighthouse at the western tip of Groix Island off Lorient, Charles Caudrelier treated Gitana Team to another victory. This is his seventh win in a row since he joined the team in 2019, but his first singlehanded at the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild! Leading the fleet out of the starting blocks some twenty hours or so earlier, the skipper of the five-arrow racing stable demonstrated great mastery out on the racetrack, never letting his rivals catch up with the flying maxi-trimaran. Beyond the result, this course spanning five-hundred nautical miles and the race format were the perfect preparation with one month until the start of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. It’s all systems go now then, and Charles Caudrelier is eager to get down to action on 6 November.
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02 octobre 2022
24h Ultim
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07 juillet 2022, 23h12
A tension-filled victory in Concarneau
On Friday 1 July, at 11:00 UTC, the Finistère Atlantique Challenge Action Enfance fleet, made up of four Ultims, set sail from Concarneau in Brittany. Six days 5 hours 28 minutes and 38 seconds later, the men aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild were first across the finish line to take outright victory. This latest win had a rather special flavour with the sailors of Gitana Team embroiled in an incredibly intense duel with the crew of Banque Populaire XI led by Armel Le Cléac’h. This first place is the fourth consecutive win for this crew and the sixth for the Caudrelier Cammas pairing.
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07 juillet 2022, 18h04
A dazzling win for Charles Caudrelier’s men in Concarneau
FINISH NEWSFLASH - After a stunning finale, which kept enthusiasts spellbound, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild secures victory in the Finistère Atlantique - Challenge Action Enfance. The five-arrow giant took line honours this Thursday 7 July at 16:28 UTC after 6 days 5 hours and 28 minutes of racing. The crew of Gitana team covered 4 132.48 miles at an average speed of 27,65 knots. Charles Caudrelier, Franck Cammas, Morgan Lagraviere, Erwan Israel, David Boileau and Yann Riou outpaced the men on Banque Populaire XI, who are expected across the line in a few minutes.
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21 janvier 2022, 13h34
FlyingOffshore, Gitana Team launches its series this Friday 21 January
On 22 January 2021, almost a year ago to the day, after a more than promising start to the record attempt, the highlight of which was a new reference time between Ushant and the Cape of Good Hope, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild had to turn back at the gateway to the Deep South, the damage to one of the 32-metre giant’s float rudders effectively putting any Jules Verne Trophy dreams on hold for Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew - Morgan Lagravière, Erwan Israël, Yann Riou and David Boileau. To plunge back into this incredible planetary adventure, Gitana Team is launching the first season of its Flying Offshore season. The fruit of much work by Yann Riou at sea and the polaRYSE teams on shore, the five episodes that make up the first opus are now available for your delectation.
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23 novembre 2021, 13h15
A brilliant victory for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Fort-de-France
They waited for the sun to shine over Martinique before lining the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild up with Diamond Rock and taking full advantage of their crushing victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre. At 10 hours 16 minutes et 16 seconds locale (14 hours 16 minutes et 16 seconds UTC), Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier crossed the finish line set between the Trois Ilets and Fort-de-France marina. Sailing a masterful race, the skippers of Gitana Team win the star category in the Coffee Route, utterly dominating play in the Ultime fleet to leave their competitors trailing some 100 miles in the wake of the five-arrow flying maxi-trimaran.
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27 octobre 2021
Cavitation, Challenges and explanations : The keys to understanding #1
Boats are making faster and faster headway...Offshore flight, through its ability to release boats from friction and contact with the water, has undoubtedly contributed to acceleration in the quest for speed on the oceans. However, speed also brings with it technical constraints and limits, which teams like Gitana team are striving to free themselves of on a daily basis. Cavitation of the appendages is one of the key topics for the five-arrow racing stable right now. Through this new video mini-series, we hand you over the keys to a greater understanding of this phenomenon.
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