Gitana Team switches to code orange!
The Gitana Team weather cell, comprising the two skippers of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and their router Marcel van Triest, have triggered a code orange this Sunday 15 November. This change of colour in their standby heralds a possible departure offshore of Ushant within the next 72 hours, namely over the course of Wednesday 18 November. The crew of the flying maxi-trimaran will head over to Gitana’s base in Lorient tomorrow in order to proceed with the latest preparations and notably undergo a PCR test prior to the start of their attempt to secure the Jules Verne Trophy, the round the world record under sail.

It’s worth noting that Gitana 17, which has been on standby in Lorient since 1 November, will be tackling her very first Jules Verne Trophy with six sailors aboard, including the two skippers of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. In this attempt to break the record of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes, held by Francis Joyon and the men of Idec Sport since 2017, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier will be accompanied by Morgan Lagravière, Yann Riou, Erwan Israël and David Boileau.

Reminder of the standby codes

During the period of standby for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, which the five-arrow team has scheduled to run from 1 November to the first few days of February 2021, any changes in the situation and a possible departure date for the boat are announced via a colour coding system as detailed below:


Black: no departure possible within 96hrs 
Red: observation of a possible departure between 72 and 96hrs 
Orange: observation of a possible departure between 48 and 72hrs 
Yellow: probable departure between 24 and 48hrs 
Green: departure within 24hrs

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