17 juillet 2021, 09h00
4 years ago to the day, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the pioneer of a new generation of oceanic maxi-trimarans, was first unveiled and launched into the salty water of the Gulf of Morbihan. The fruit of some 170,000 man-hours, including over 35,000 hours of study, the 32-metre Verdier design certainly drew the eye with her planing hulls, her well-crafted aerodynamics and appendages intended to sate an irrepressible desire to clear the way for offshore flight. From the moment she left the yard, the tone was set with Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild’s vision plain for all to see! The livery designed by American street artist Cleon Peterson added the je ne sais quoi to the remarkable personality of this new craft, the twenty-eighth of the legendary Gitana saga.
17 juillet 2021
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild Vs Kitefoil
They share the same playing field offshore of Lorient, between the Gâvres peninsula and the Ile de Groix, and above all the same passion for foiling, speed and flight! The encounter between the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and the kitesfoilers from the Lorient Glisse et foil association, of which Maxi crew member Morgan Lagravière is one of the mainstays, was a must.
05 juillet 2021, 14h27
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild goes back to the yard
After heading offshore for a spot of training on Friday, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild returned to its port of registry in Lorient early this Monday morning. Initially enjoying a fast passage towards Fastnet lighthouse, the 32-metre giant set a course to the south in the Bay of Biscay. By Sunday morning, they were still posting high speeds when the maxi-trimaran collided with a UFO. The encounter resulted in damage to the Maxi’s central hull as well as her appendages, forcing Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their crew to interrupt their passage and return to Lorient. The timing was made all the tighter due to a meaty low pressure system expected to roll across the English Channel and the Atlantic seaboard this Monday evening.
07 juillet 2021, 16h30
Solo Ultim World Tour Confirmed for 2023
The first ever single-handed race around the world in the giant Ultim multihulls will take place in 2023, 15 years after the vision was originally conceived. The race will be organised by OC Sport Pen Duick in collaboration with the Class Ultim 32/23 as well as the skippers and owners of the world’s most highly advanced and exciting ocean-going race boats.
09 juin 2021, 17h36
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s launch, here’s the video !
Comfortable in winter refit, far from prying eyes since the end of February, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild went back outside yesterday, Tuesday June 8th, before getting back in the water in the Keroman submarine base. To follow the Gitana Team and the 32-meter giant during the launch, the polaRYSE team chose the point of view of the five-arrow team emblem: through the eyes of the gypsy.
08 juin 2021, 16h33
Back to the sea!
The doors of the Gitana team base opened this Tuesday morning to let the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild get back to its favorite playground. On dry land since late February after the Jules Verne Trophy attempts, the 32-meter giant only spent three months in hibernation. A quick but efficient winter refit during which the team was able to do all the necessary checks, a normal process after having sailed more than 30 000 miles last year (including the second Jules Verne Trophy attempt last January), and to keep optimising the boat. Before its return to competition in August during the Rolex Fastnet, the duo Cammas Caudrelier will train offshore of Lorient and in the near Atlantic. Double-handed training sessions for the Transat Jacques Vabre but also crewed as the team will give another go at the ules Verne Trophy at the end of the year.
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.
31 janvier 2021
Flight in the moonlight
Yesterday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, on a delivery trip back to her port of registry in Lorient since the end of her Jules Verne Trophy attempt, made her return to the northern hemisphere. Yann Riou made the most of the opportunity for one of the fabulous drone flights he has such a knack for.
22 janvier 2021
The first accounts from on-board at the end of the Jules Verne Trophy attempt
It is with a great deal of disappointment and inevitably a few regrets that this circumnavigation of the globe draws to a close for the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.
22 janvier 2021, 15h00
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild abandons her Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
Sailing in the Indian Ocean since yesterday afternoon and their passage of the longitude of Cape Agulhas, the men of Gitana Team were positioned at 48°28 south at 11:00 UTC with a lead of over 860 miles over the record when they informed their shore team of damage to the giant’s float rudder to starboard. After a thorough inspection carried out by David Boileau, the boat captain, the verdict is in. The appendage’s stock is seriously damaged, which means the rudder can no longer be used on this tack. With the six sailors unable to effect repairs in the open ocean as the part would need to be entirely replaced, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been forced to interrupt its Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. Indeed, it is inconceivable for Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew to take on the Southern Ocean with a boat that is no longer performing at her full potential. It’s a massive disappointment, as much in the roaring forties as in Lorient, at the heart of the technical base, but the most important thing right now is that the crew is able to head into more hospitable latitudes.
21 janvier 2021
Best time ever recorded to the tip of South Africa, by way of a tribute to Benjamin de Rothschild
By leaving the longitude of Cape Agulhas in her wake this Thursday 21 January at 15h37’53’’ UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has officially entered the Indian Ocean...
21 janvier 2021, 16h00
Best time ever recorded to the tip of South Africa, by way of a tribute to Benjamin de Rothschild
By leaving the longitude of Cape Agulhas in her wake this Thursday 21 January at 15h37’53’’ UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has officially entered the Indian Ocean. After 11 days 14 hours and 3 minutes at sea, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew are attacking the Southern Ocean with a lead of more than 1 day 7 hours and 19 minutes over Francis Joyon and the men on Idec Sport. In so doing, they have become the fastest sailors in history on this descent of the Atlantic; a fantastic time which they naturally dedicate to Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, whose passing was announced just a few days ago.
12 janvier 2021
The first drone images at sunset in Madeira
The first drone images are in! A two-minute flight over the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild thanks to our expert pilot, Yann Riou!
11 janvier 2021
Wet atmosphere with big seas and heavy two-way traffic amidst the cargo ships
A recap in images of the first two days of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s Jules Verne Trophy record attempt.
10 janvier 2021
Jules Verne Trophy, round 2
It would seem that moonlit departures are all the rage for the sailors on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Under the cover of darkness, at 01 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds UTC, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew once again set the stopwatch in motion for this planetary adventure...
10 janvier 2021, 05h34
Jules Verne Trophy, 2nd Round
With clockwork precision, it was at 01 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds UTC that the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild set sail this Sunday 10 January on a fresh attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy record. In a NE’ly wind of around twenty knots on manageable seas, the six sailors left the island of Ushant abeam of them and bid a final farewell to Le Créac’h, the iconic lighthouse synonymous with this passage across the line. Having left their base in Lorient a few hours beforehand, just before sunset, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, Morgan Lagravière, David Boileau, Yann Riou and Erwan Israël had to wait a few hours offshore to absolutely nail their departure slot. It was a timing of pinpoint precision skilfully calculated with their onshore weather router Marcel van Triest, the boat’s genuine 7th man, because in a record like the Jules Verne Trophy, every minute counts! Indeed, it must be said that with their reference time of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes, Francis Joyon and the crew of Idec Sport set the bar very high. To beat the record and become the 10th crew to etch its name on this monument to offshore racing, the men on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild should be back offshore of the north-west tip of Brittany prior to 20 February at 01 hours 3 minutes and 15 seconds UTC. In the meantime, the crew has nearly 22,000 nautical miles to cover and a high-speed planetary adventure awaits.
09 janvier 2021
An amazing slot for this new departure around the world
It proved to be a thrilling day dockside in Lorient for the Gitana Team. After a long week waiting for the right weather and overcoming doubts, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild finally switched to code green...
17 décembre 2020, 14h43
Franck Cammas elected Sailor of the Decade
As is the case every year, the Fédération Française de Voile (French Sailing Federation) rewards its champions. However, with 2020 being such a special year, it has had to adapt and come up with an election that differs from the norm somewhat. In this way, on Thursday 17 December, a jury of experts gathered together virtually to designate the French sailor deemed to be the best of his or her generation from 2010 through to 2020. And it is Franck Cammas who has been elected Sailor of the Decade, a rather prestigious award to add to his incredible list of achievements. However, in addition to the numerous victories racked up by the sailor originally from Aix-en-Provence, but expatriated to Brittany midway through the nineties, it is his multidisciplinary career ranging from offshore racing to Olympic sailing, not to mention the America’s Cup, which the jury chaired by Michel Desjoyeaux were keen to recognise through this title.