Designed by Farr Yacht Design, built in New Zealand and launched in July 2007, Gitana Eighty took her name in tribute to Baron Benjamin de Rothschild’s father, Edmond de Rothschild, who would have been 80 years of age when she was created.
GITANA EIGHTYGiven name
|Category IMOCA60 monohull||Length 18.28 m|
|Year of launch 2007||Naval architect(s) Farr Yacht Design|
|Upwind sail area 280 m²||Downwind sail area 460 m²|
With the Vendée Globe 2008-2009 as its major aim, Gitana Team’s monohull was in 2008 one of the very latest Farr designs, sistership to Jean-Pierre Dick’s Paprec Virbac. In addition to a significant series of innovations with regards the boat’s interior fit-out, Gitana Eighty benefits from a hull bottom with variable geometry built into the boat, referred to as a trim tab, which regulates the boat’s longitudinal trim. Another innovation: the sliders, two sliding panels between the mast and the aft platform, introducing aerodynamic gains and optimising the monohull’s ergonomics so as to spare the skipper’s efforts and his physical stamina.
Skippered by Loïck Peyron, Gitana Eighty shone in the various events that formed the IMOCA race schedule in 2007 and 2008, notably with an historic victory in The Transat. Ranking among the firm favourites in the Vendée Globe 2008, Loïck Peyron proved to be one of the main protagonists at the start of this race, but he was later forced to retire after suffering a dismasting in the Indian Ocean.
Gitana Eighty, rechristened a number of times since her sale in 2009, remains a very solid boat and is still sailing the seas of the globe. In fact, she will be at the start of the Vendée Globe 2016 - 2017 alongside Gitana 16.