A 32-foot flying catamaran, the GC32 Edmond de Rothschild joined the ranks of the five-arrow racing stable at the very start of 2015.

FRA 140

Sail number

Given name
Category Flying catamaran Loa 10 m
Upwind sail area 83 m² Downwind sail area 173 m²
Year of launch 2015

This 10-metre long Martin Fischer design (12 if you include the imposing bowsprit) is heavily inspired by the AC72s, the catamarans developed during the last America’s Cup, even though she’s not equipped with a fixed wing. Kitted out with L-foils and lifting surfaces on the float rudders, this multihull fully embodies the revolution taking over watersports, that of flying boats. Launched in 2013, the GC32 has boasted a dedicated international circuit since 2014.

Within the GITANA fleet, the GC32 Edmond de Rothschild fulfils various roles: a test platform for the company’s design office, this latest generation catamaran is above all the perfect training craft for the sailing team. Aboard her, the sailors are developing a whole new approach to modern sailing whilst reinforcing their team spirit, since this demanding craft requires perfect synchronisation among the crew to manoeuvre her while airborne.

A boat owner's challenge

“The initial sea trials on the GC32 were rather unsettling. You start off thinking you have the relevant knowledge, the feeling, because it’s essentially a sailboat with hulls, but in reality you have to forget all the reflexes that have become engrained over the years and start from scratch with it. These boats are no longer Archimedean boats and in terms of the sensation at the helm it’s a different ball game. You have to relearn the handling and the steering. Prior to this, the boats moved through the water with more linear movements, whilst these flying boats crab their way along. You have to take it as a given that this boat is a departure from all this as she now slips along on her appendages and you have to let her slip away enough to create her own speed. Finally, you have to add an element of aggressiveness so as to retain the lift and ensure the ‘flight’ is as stable as possible. It’s a thrilling learning curve. This boat is pretty impressive as despite our naivety in terms of handling her, from our very first sea trials we’ve easily been able to maintain average speeds of 30 knots on certain tacks, with peak speeds bordering on 35 knots. On a boat of this size, that’s very decent.” Sébastien Josseskipper of the GC32 Edmond de Rothschild

Track record

  • 2015
  • 1st
    Winner of the Tour de Belle-Ile (Short circuit) 2 hours 45 minutes and 10 seconds
  • Participation in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud

Photos & videos

Bol d'Or 2015
26 Photos
In the wake of Gitana - Season 2015 #3