News
01 décembre 2021, 10h00
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild expected into Lorient before the weekend
One week ago, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier were celebrating their magnificent victory in the Ultime category of the Transat Jacques Vabre with the whole of Gitana Team. By Saturday lunchtime (local time in Fort-de-France), barely four days after her win in Martinique, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild set a course for the open ocean once more. Aboard the boat, Charles Caudrelier was accompanied by David Boileau, the boat captain, and Yann Riou, the media man. For the skipper of the 32-metre giant, who usually shares the helm with Franck Cammas, this return trip to Europe was too good an opportunity to miss in his bid to rack up the miles in singlehanded conditions with a view to his participation in the Route du Rhum 2022.
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01 décembre 2021
Recap of a victorious transatlantic race in the skippers’ eyes
16 days 1 hour 49 minutes and 16 seconds is the time it took for Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier to take the win in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 in the Ultime category. The skippers of Gitana Team invite us to climb aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild for the duration of the 7,500 theoretical miles that make up the course between Le Havre and Fort-de-France, via Brazil. Talented sailors, we discover them just as at ease behind the camera as they take us behind the scenes of their fabulous sporting performance.
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01 décembre 2021
Transat Jacques Vabre arrival
News
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.
Video
23 novembre 2021
Behind the scenes of victory
This Tuesday 23 November at 14:16 UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the finish line in the Transat Jacques Vabre. After more than 16 days at sea and a race finish which was particularly gruelling for the nerves, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier were finally able to express their delight and savour their dazzling victory. These unique and intense moments were shared with the members of Gitana Team. Everyone was keen to dedicate this victory to Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, who passed away early this year. Heir to the Gitana lineage and founder of the Gitana Team 20 years ago, Benjamin de Rothschild was a passionate and visionary owner without whom none of this would have been possible.
News
22 novembre 2021, 20h06
The last few miles laced with tension
The closing scene in this Transat Jacques Vabre is exciting to say the least! The final sprint is in full flow and the battle is raging at every stage. In the Ultime class, the pursuers have made great inroads into their deficits, causing the head of the fleet to squeeze back up together some twenty-four hours from the finish in Martinique. Yesterday morning, before tackling the 2nd doldrums passage, the 400-mile lead Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier boasted over their closest rival had dropped to under 125 miles by early afternoon this Monday. Since then, the men on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have picked up the pace again whilst Banque Populaire XI and SVR-Lazartigue have stalled. With less than 400 miles to the finish line off the marina in Fort-de-France, the atmosphere is more studious than ever aboard the five-arrow giant. Dealing with the clouds one after the other, trimming the boat as precisely as possible and effectively linking together the final manoeuvres, true to form the skippers of Gitana Team are extremely focused and clearly in serious race mode, an exercise in which each of them is particularly adept.
Video
22 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 15 - Food in the open ocean
Charles Caudrelier explains to us the type of on-board food they have, which gives them the necessary energy intake to keep full control over the 32-metre giant. Martinique is fast approaching for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and after 15 days at sea, the sailors make no secret of their eagerness to sample the delights of food on land again.
News
21 novembre 2021, 11h40
A second doldrums to finish
Last night, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild slipped under the 1,000 miles to go mark with her sights firmly on the finish line. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are still dominating play in the Ultime category, leading the fleet for the 12th consecutive day out of the fourteen that so far make up this 2021 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. However, the two skippers know that the last few hours separating them from Fort-de-France will feel like the longest. This is particularly true now as they have been embroiled in the doldrums again since this morning. Indeed, the intertropical convergence zone is stretching out its fingers a long way out to the west, immediately causing the head of the fleet to stall. Naturally this scenario favours Gitana 17’s pursuers, who will likely be able to squeeze back together with the five-arrow giant over this final section of the course. In the meantime, at the latest position report, the men of Gitana Team have been holding onto a lead of 400 miles or so over the Le Cléac’h - Escoffier duo and 500 over the crew on the latest addition to the Ultime fleet, SVR - Lazartigue.
Video
21 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 14 a Sunday offshore of Cayenne
It’s the weekend! But for us, work is still the order of the day Charles Caudrelier explains to camera for today’s update. The skippers of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are expected into Fort-de-France from the morning of Tuesday 23. An ETA which could stretch out a little if the trade wind refuses to play ball on the approach to Martinique. In the meantime, Charles Caudrelier shares with us the wonderful light of sunrise offshore of Cayenne.
Video
20 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 13 gybes and heat along the no-go zone
Over the coming hours the breeze, which is still between 15 and 18 knots, is set to ease under the influence of a finger of doldrums stretching way out to the west. In anticipation of this stalling, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are powering along at quite a lick, albeit in stifling heat!
Video
20 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 13 - Piloting pleasure
Helming the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild when conditions enable you to slip along downwind at over 30 knots in sunny latitudes remains an undeniable pleasure for Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier. The latter share with us one of these special moments with style and musical accompaniment.
News
19 novembre 2021, 12h12
On the home straight
This Friday morning, shortly before 07:00 UTC, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier rounded the final compulsory course mark on the 7,500-mile Ultime course. With the Brazilian archipelago of São Pedro and São Paulo now in the wake of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the five-arrow giant has set a course for Martinique. Unfortunately for the Gitana Team duo, the 2,000 miles between them and the finish certainly won’t be a picnic. Indeed, not only will this final section involve a series of gybes synonymous with considerable physical effort for every manœuvre, but also there may well be a lack of breeze! As such, the home straight has all the ingredients of a thrilling finale to the race for the last five days. Initial ETAs (Estimated Time of Arrival) are indicating a finish between Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 November.
Video
19 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 12 A guided tour and shower aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
With the Brazilian archipelago of São Pedro and São Paulo, the final compulsory course mark along the Ultimes’ route, now in the wake of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Charles Caudrelier goes behind the camera to give us a guided tour of the 32-metre giant, including the cockpit, living space, chart table and above all the rather atypical bathroom. Indeed, the sailor from the Gitana Team has once again experienced the special art of showering at high speed on Gitana 17’s trampoline, washing himself in the spray created as the water smashes against one of the giant foils.
News
18 novembre 2021, 18h22
Drag race to São Pedro
There is certainly no dawdling on the way back up towards the equator for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Beam reaching and powered up at an average speed of 32 knots for the past 24 hours, the leaders of the Transat Jacques Vabre are making the most of the optimum conditions currently reigning in the South Atlantic, offshore of Brazil, to show just what their incredible flying machine is capable of. However, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are keeping a cool head because at such high speeds, they must be permanently concentrated. They also know just how important it is to preserve their steed with 2,500 nautical miles still remaining, especially given the fact that the final sprint is shaping up to be complicated in terms of the weather.
Video
18 novembre 2021
mages from the ocean, day 11 Double-handed or solo for the Coffee Route?
Double-handed racing is solo racing in relay. At times, we barely speak during our watch changes! On the deck of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are linking together the watches. Taking it in turns, the two sailors share the management of the boat. Let's see the images...
News
17 novembre 2021, 17h32
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild blazing a trail back up the South Atlantic
Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are continuing to lead the race by the horns in the Ultime category. Settled nicely into the top spot since rounding Cape Finisterre on the evening of Tuesday 9 November, the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild fulfilled its mission to round the virtual course mark to the north of Trindade and Martim Vaz early on this Wednesday afternoon. From the Brazilian archipelago, the sailors of Gitana Team saw but one distant silhouette, at which point they were eager to finally set a course towards the finish and Martinique. The five-arrow giant is still benefiting from a sizeable lead over her rivals some 282 miles ahead of Banque Populaire XI and 399 miles ahead of SVR-Lazartigue at the 15:00 UTC position report.
Video
17 novembre 2021
Images du large, jour 10 - Trindade et Martim Vaz dans le sillage
Video
17 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean - Day 10 - Approaching Trindade
Heading the Transat Jacques Vabre for the 8th consecutive day, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are continuing to make headway towards the virtual course mark of Trindade and Martim Vaz in the South Atlantic.
News
16 novembre 2021, 20h01
Brazilian sway
The 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre is indeed finishing in Fort-de-France, in Martinique. However, before we get to discover the shores of flower island, the Ultime fleet must venture into the southern latitudes to honour a virtual course mark not far from the Brazilian archipelago of Trindade and Martim Vaz. Firm leaders in their category, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have regained an average speed of 30 knots over the past 24 hours and are set to leave this waypoint to starboard by late morning tomorrow. The first to escape the doldrums, whilst its pursuers were still stalling in the light, fluky winds of the ITCZ, the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have logically made the most of their position to regain some precious miles. At 19:00 UTC, the five-arrow giant boasted a lead of 292 miles over Banque Populaire XI and 392 miles over SVR-Lazartigue.
Video
16 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 9
News
15 novembre 2021, 20h59
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the southern hemisphere
Yesterday morning, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was the first to venture into the famous doldrums. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, firm fixtures at the head of the Transat Jacques Vabre race for the past six days, approached this zone with a comfortable lead over their rivals, albeit it with the trepidation that colours these fluky latitudes. For 24 hours, they had to battle to keep the boat well trimmed so as not to end up becalmed and keep the blue maxi-trimaran making headway to the south and the way out of the intertropical convergence zone. By late morning this Monday, even though the 32-metre giant was yet to post speeds worthy of her true potential again, they did seem to have extricated themselves from the area. As such, her skippers could turn their attention to the next stage of the programme: the passage into the southern hemisphere this evening and the long tack down to the waypoint of Trindade and Martim Vaz offshore of the Brazilian coast.
Video
15 novembre 2021
Day 8 - Bound for the southern hemisphere
Yesterday morning, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was the first to venture into the famous doldrums. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, firm fixtures at the head of the Transat Jacques Vabre race for the past six days, approached this zone with a comfortable lead over their rivals, albeit it with the trepidation that colours these fluky latitudes. For 24 hours, they had to battle to keep the boat well trimmed so as not to end up becalmed and keep the blue maxi-trimaran making headway to the south and the way out of the intertropical convergence zone. By late morning this Monday, even though the 32-metre giant was yet to post speeds worthy of her true potential again, they did seem to have extricated themselves from the area. As such, her skippers could turn their attention to the next stage of the programme: the passage into the southern hemisphere this evening and the long tack down to the waypoint of Trindade and Martim Vaz offshore of the Brazilian coast.
Video
15 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 8 - A pitch-black night and the doldrums exit!
One hour ago, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier were sailing at reduced speed in the last active cell within the doldrums in very wet conditions. Fingers crossed that this is the way out of this fluky zone of weather.
Podcast
14 novembre 2021
News
14 novembre 2021, 15h08
A Sunday in the doldrums
Yesterday was a studious day aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Despite some lively hours on Friday night through into Saturday to repair some mechanical damage to the engine, which could have forced them to make a stopover in Cape Verde, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have not reduced the tempo they’re setting at the head of the race. Quite the contrary in fact. Their objective was clear: to rack up all the miles they could to benefit from a significant cushion ahead of their opponents on entering the intertropical convergence zone. This morning, the sailors of Gitana Team were logically the first to suffer the trials and tribulations of the doldrums, as evidenced by their average speed over 4hrs, which has dipped below the 20-knot mark. In their wake, the other giants are still lengthening their stride but they too should start to stall over the next few hours. That is what the Caudrelier-Cammas duo are hoping will happen at least.
Video
13 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 6 Slipping along offshore of Cape Verde in the morning
The light is fabulous offshore of Cape Verde! However, the morning snapshot sent by Charles Caudrelier reveals the scars of a lively night aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. With the problem resolved and behind them, the two sailors have been savouring this moment spent slipping along adding miles to their lead over the past few hours. They’re also casting their minds forward to the next stage of the programme, with the weather once again forecast to be complicated to decipher. When you’re in front and the first to tackle the doldrums, you’re much more likely to get caught out… but that’s the name of the game! concluded Franck Cammas from the cockpit of the five-arrow giant.
News
13 novembre 2021, 13h21
DIY and doldrums in prospect for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
With a lead of more than 142 miles over their closest pursuer and 256 miles over the third boat at 2pm to increase their lead at the head of the race before they start tackling one of the dreaded passages in this Transat Jacques Vabretomorrow; the doldrums! And yet, last night was far from relaxing for our duo aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild as play was interrupted by a DIY mission in the middle of a pitch black night. This latest day at sea, the seventh, will be devoted to getting the five-arrow maxi-trimaran making southing, whilst adjusting her trajectory towards their chosen gateway into the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone.
News
12 novembre 2021, 17h57
Slipping happily along to Cape Verde vibes
The sixth day at sea kicked off early this Friday afternoon in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Firm fixtures at the top of the leader board in the Ultime category, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild sailing at her full potential and are currently making a textbook descent of the Atlantic. Together with their weather cell, they’re linking together a series of favourable tacks southwards and will be past the Cape Verde archipelago tonight. However, their minds are already mulling over the details of what lies much further along the racetrack, namely the renowned and dreaded doldrums, which is shaping up to be quite the enigma for the sailors in the Coffee Route.
Video
12 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 5 Flying in the trades
Slipping along downwind towards Cape Verde, the sailors in Gitana Team, still in first position, are making the most of a light but stable trade wind. Explanation by Franck Cammas in today’s video.
News
11 novembre 2021, 14h15
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschildfirst to Madeira
There are no days off in the open ocean! For Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, leaders of the Transat Jacques Vabre in the Ultime category, there is certainly no time to relax. After a Bay of Biscay, which saw the giants breaking records for the slowest speed under the influence of a ridge of high pressure, a bracing passage around Cape Finisterre and a physical descent along the Iberian peninsula, the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschildleft Madeira abeam of them this Thursday morning. In this way, she’s leading all the fleets southwards, but ahead of the five-arrow giant’s bows, the weather situation is still just as vague and the trade wind isn’t really playing ball.
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21 novembre 2021
Onboard pictures by Franck & Charles
Video
11 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 4 abeam of Madeira
This Thursday morning, after four days at sea, the head of the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet is passing the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. In the lead for more than 24 hours, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have spared no effort in getting the five-arrow maxi-trimaran making headway and making the most of the corridor of breeze ahead of the bows of the 32-metre giant. They’re reaping the rewards now, slipping along with a beautiful sunrise to boot: We’ve got around fifteen knots and we’re making more than 30 knots, we’re flying…! assures Franck Cammas from the cockpit of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.
Podcast
11 novembre 2021
Video
10 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 3 - In the corridor of Iberian breeze
For today’s images from the ocean, Franck Cammas takes on the role of cameraman and points the microphone to his co-skipper, Charles Caudrelier, midway through a piloting session at the head of the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet.
News
10 novembre 2021, 14h19
Gybing ballet offshore of the Iberian peninsula
The Transat Jacques Vabre fleet is already entering its fourth day at sea this Wednesday. Following a race start punctuated by light airs and very slow progress in the Bay of Biscay, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her Ultime rivals have finally been able to pick up the pace, leaving Cape Finisterre in their wake yesterday, very late in the day. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier snatched back the reins in the transatlantic race shortly after this rounding, overtaking Sodebo in outright speed, and is this lunchtime slipping along at between 25 and 30 knots abeam of Cape St Vincent in Portugal. Together with their weather cell, comprising Erwan Israël, Stan Honey and Chris Bedford, the skippers of Gitana Team are enjoying a great start as they etch out a very fine trajectory in this 2021 edition, which is shaping up to be as complex as it is tactical.
News
09 novembre 2021, 17h10
Cape Finisterre finally in their line of sight!
After setting sail at high speed from Le Havre at midday on Sunday at the head of the fleet, the skippers of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have had to be patient in their passage across the Bay of Biscay. The reason for this was a ridge of high pressure, barring the way forward for the Ultimes as they tried to make for Cape Finisterre and their entry ticket for the downward escalator into the Atlantic. In this barometric stagnation over the past 36 hours and more, each of the duos has had to try to get their steeds moving forward amidst the gusts and make the most of every last puff of air to make southing. In this game of patience and humility, solely ocean racing holds the keys, a fact that thrilled the founder and owner of Gitana Team, Benjamin de Rothschild. Aboard the five-arrow maxi-trimaran, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier took the gamble of favouring the eastern side of the racecourse, just like the duo on SVR-Lazartigue. It’s a strategy that’s paid off and it means they can now tackle the Iberian coast in a favourable position. At the north-west tip of Spain, more boisterous conditions - 26 / 28 knots await the leaders in the Transat Jacques Vabre. In this way, the coming hours are likely to see a lot of action on deck with a few manoeuvres on the programme.
Video
09 novembre 2021
Images from the ocean, day 2 - Back in the breeze after the ridge of high pressure in Biscay
After setting sail at high speed from Le Havre at midday on Sunday at the head of the fleet, the skippers of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have had to be patient in their passage across the Bay of Biscay.
News
08 novembre 2021, 18h41
A very uncertain introduction to proceedings
The first day at sea is now in the wake of the 78 duos out on the racetrack. However, after yesterday’s start at 12:27 UTC, which was as intense as it was spectacular along the white cliffs of Normandy, with a very active first half of the night both on deck and in the skippers’ heads, the wind gods decided to come and test the mettle of the sailors competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre. As forecast, a long ridge of high pressure gatecrashed the course, barring the exit southwards. The men on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild didn’t escape the blockade alas and have had to spend all day dealing with erratic and highly fluky winds. At the head of the fleet yesterday on leaving the English Channel, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier were bringing up the rear of the Ultime fleet for a while this afternoon, before managing to latch onto a little more pressure to gain a place to the detriment of François Gabart’s SVR - Lazartigue. As the second day of racing kicks off in the Bay of Biscay, uncertainty reigns and patience remains the only possible weapon.
News
08 novembre 2021, 08h32
General squashing together and a fresh start at Ushant
Having got off to a fantastic start at the head of the fleet at 12:27 UTC offshore of Le Havre, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier were leading the race as far as the north-west tip of Brittany. Focused and particularly determined to sail their own race, the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild linked together a series of manœuvres and sail changes in a bid to get the very best out of the five-arrow giant and sail a faultless passage to exit the English Channel way out at the front of the pack. Despite setting an impressive pace in the opening miles of the race, the sailors from Gitana Team could do nothing against the high pressure blocking the way into the Bay of Biscay. As such, overnight, as they rounded Ushant, the five Ultimes were within sight of one another, ready for a fresh start!
Video
07 novembre 2021
SERIE - 5 days in Le Havre - #5, the last 5 hours prior to the start
It’s the big day for the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and the 78 other competitors in the Transat Jacques Vabre. The weather dished up at the start at midday offshore of Le Havre promises to be both spectacular and action-packed with medium to boisterous conditions, which Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are particularly fond of. With the clock ticking, the Gitana Team treats you to a new video mini-series entitled 5 days in Le Havre’. This fifth and final chapter gives us an insight into the last few hours on land for the sailors of the five-arrow racing stable. The final moments with the team, their nearest and dearest, docking out, the final adjustments and finally bidding farewell to their preparateurs just minutes before the starting gun releases them into the English Channel. They are finally two aboard, bound for the open ocean.
Photos
07 novembre 2021
Sart of the Transat Jacques Vabre
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07 novembre 2021, 13h30
An eye-popping spectacle offshore of Le Havre!
In line with the long-term forecast, the weather conditions were simply perfect this Sunday at 12:27 UTC for launching the 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The fleet of 79 boats set sail in a NW’ly breeze of 15-20 knots, whilst the five competing Ultimes, including the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, literally took off towards Antifer and the cliffs of Etretat at the far end of the coastal course that kicks off the race. A veritable feast for the eyes!
Video
06 novembre 2021
SERIE - 5 days in Le Havre - #4, the last 5 elements of the jobs list
This is the last day on land for the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet. Tomorrow, Sunday 7 November, will herald the start of the 15th Coffee Route. This final pre-race day very often feels like the longest of all for both the sailors and the shore crews, who are keen for the competition to get up and running. Crew on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild during the Jules Verne Trophy attempts, David Boileau is also the boat captain, which essentially means that he’s the skippers’ right-hand man on a technical front. He watches over the carbon giant and her preparation all the way through to the very last moments. As the countdown ticks on, the Gitana Team is treating you to a new video mini-series entitled 5 days in Le Havre. This fourth and penultimate chapter takes us behind the scenes of the five-arrow racing stable as the longest double-handed transatlantic race prepares to set sail.
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05 novembre 2021, 17h57
Video
05 novembre 2021
5 days in Le Havre - #3, the 5 key passages of the course
Sunday 7 November will herald the start of the 15th Transat Jacques Vabre. The 2021 edition is treating the competitors in the Ultime category to a completely unprecedented course. Race Management, orchestrated by Francis Le Goff, has devised a route spanning 7,500 nautical miles, which equates to nearly 15,000 kilometres and will take the five duos on the giants of the sea down into the South Atlantic and the latitudes of Rio de Janeiro before hooking back up to the northern hemisphere, bound for Martinique for the first time in the race’s history. As the clock ticks down to start day, the Gitana Team is treating you to a new video mini-series entitled 5 days in Le Havre’. This third chapter allows us to gain an even deeper insight into the inner workings of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s weather and routing cell made up of Frenchman Erwan Israël and two Americans, Stan Honey and Chris Bedford. In their own words, they pick out the five key points of the course that Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier will have to negotiate.
Video
04 novembre 2021
SERIE - 5 days in Le Havre - #2, the 5 Ultime contenders
This Sunday the 15th Transat Jacques Vabre will set sail. There will be five Ultimes on the start line offshore of the Norman city, including the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild skippered by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier. As the clock ticks down, the Gitana Team is treating you to a new video mini-series entitled 5 days in Le Havre. This second chapter gives you the low-down on the competing giants of the seas. The oceanic maxi-trimarans are making their big comeback to fleet sailing in the legendary double-handed transatlantic and, with five pretenders to outright victory, the battle is set to rage. We review the troops with three days until the race start.
Video
01 novembre 2021
Aerodynamics, challenges and explanations : The keys to understanding #2
To enhance performance, it’s important that nothing is left to chance as every detail counts. In this way, for many years, research into hydrodynamics has played a central role and has been the focus of a great deal of the work undertaken by naval architects and design offices. Now though, with the advent of flying boats like the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, far greater emphasis has gone into the aerodynamic element too, which is so vital on these carbon giants. In the space of four years, the members of Gitana Team have put a great deal of work into the platform of the five-arrow maxi-trimaran, which was devised and designed from the outset to embrace the numerous developments in this domain. Through this new video mini-series, we hand you over the keys to a greater understanding of the challenges of aerodynamics offshore.
Video
03 novembre 2021
SERIE - 5 days in Le Havre - #1, Franck & Charles’ 5 victories
This Sunday will see the 15th Transat Jacques Vabre set sail. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, at the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, will be on the start line in the Ultime category, where the duo is undoubtedly a firm favourite. As the countdown commences, Gitana Team is offering you a new video mini-series entitled 5 days in Le Havre’. This initial chapter reviews the times our two skippers have competed in this legendary double-handed transatlantic race and also the five victories they’ve amassed in the Coffee Route.
News
30 octobre 2021, 15h07
Video
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.
Photos
05 novembre 2021
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Le Havre
Photos
22 octobre 2021
Le Maxi Edmond de Rothschild à l'heure de la Jacques Vabre
Video
08 août 2021
A clean start for the 49th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race
A clean start for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the 49th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race, which is defending its title in the prestigious English race. A few minutes before setting sail, Franck Cammas, one of the skippers of Gitana 17, and Morgan Lagravière, helm trimmer, shared with us Gitana Team’s ambition for this inaugural race of the 2021 season.
Magazine
28 mai 2021, 11h24
The Rolex Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre… and the Jules Verne Trophy!
With 10 days to go till the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is relaunched, the five-arrow racing stable is unveiling its sports programme for 2021. It had already been announced that Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their crew would be defending their title in the Rolex Fastnet Race in early August before lining up in double-handed configuration on the start line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in early November. What is new is the plan to set sail on another round the world record attempt, which Gitana Team hopes to finish off the year with. As a result, three major events will punctuate the programme drawn up for Gitana Team and the men on the 32-metre flying giant.
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