MAXI EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD
GITANA 17Given name
|Category Maxi-Trimaran||Length 32 m|
|Year of launch 2017||Naval architect(s) Team Verdier
Bureau d’études Gitana
|Appendages 6||Types T-foil float rudders (2)
L-shaped foils (2)
daggerboard on the central hull (1)
T-foil rudder on central hull (1)
|Upwind sail area 450 m²||Downwind sail area 650 m²|
In a few weeks’ time, in July 2017, after a build spanning over twenty months’, a new Gitana craft will see the light of day in Vannes on the banks of the Golfe de Morbihan (Brittany). A trimaran measuring 32 metres long and 23 metres wide, this ‘Ultime’ once again bears witness to the passion for innovation and performance that serves as a daily guide to Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild and the Gitana Team, the offshore racing stable they created back in 2000. With a view to ensuring continuity, the team has been carrying out research and development on the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild since 2014.
Designed by naval architect Guillaume Verdier and his team in collaboration with the Gitana design office, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will be part Archimedean boat (submerged hull), part flying craft. Indeed, Gitana Team’s game plan is to develop the offshore racing’s first flying maxi-multihull by 2020.
The precursor of a new generation of giants of the seas, this boat features innovative, purposeful planing hulls beneath the waterline, which are a far cry from those used on the current fleet of oceanic multihulls. Everything about the forms of the floats and the central hull shouts flight. With this in mind, she will be equipped with the very latest architectural and technical advances in terms of appendages, with T-foil rudders and L-shaped foils, which are sure to set tongues wagging. With everything geared towards flight, a great deal of care has gone into the aerodynamics of the platform. The forms of the beams in particular testify to this, as does the integration of the living space/ cockpit between the two beams.
Going by the name Gitana 17, she has been devised, developed and built with the focus on solo sailing, but she’ll also be the ideal boat for major record attempts in crewed configuration.
Entrusted to the expert hands of Sébastien Josse, the skipper of the Edmond de Rothschild craft since 2011, the first official competition for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will take place this November for the famous double-handed transatlantic race, the Transat Jacques Vabre between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil. For this trial run, Sébastien Josse will be accompanied by the navigator Thomas Rouxel. Hailing from the Figaro network of excellence, the Breton sailor is one of the loyal members of the sailing team on the Edmond de Rothschild craft and boasts a wealth of offshore experience that notably includes a Volvo Ocean Race and a Jules Verne Trophy. The Route du Rhum 2018 and a solo round the world in the autumn of 2019 will colour the future of this ambitious programme.