15 juillet 2022, 16h35
An emphasis on solo sailing with three months until the Route du Rhum
Since the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was relaunched back in May, the members of Gitana Team, like her skipper, have been making the most of every opportunity on the event schedule to develop, validate and make the Verdier design even more reliable prior to the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. In this way, over recent weeks Charles Caudrelier has been able to tick off his qualifier for the legendary transatlantic race. A week ago to the day, the five-arrow giant and her crew also managed to secure victory in the Finistère Atlantique - Action Enfance after an epic six-day sprint between Concarneau, the Canaries and the Azores, which involved a bitter duel with Banque Populaire XI. However, time is ticking by very fast, too fast even, and with just over three months until the main event in Saint Malo, the schedule is very tight. As such, just back from a double-handed 48-hour sea passage, it has finally been decided not to make for Cherbourg and the start of the Drheam Cup, but rather to continue training and testing in solo configuration, with a focus on autopilot matters.
07 juillet 2022, 23h12
A tension-filled victory in Concarneau
On Friday 1 July, at 11:00 UTC, the Finistère Atlantique Challenge Action Enfance fleet, made up of four Ultims, set sail from Concarneau in Brittany. Six days 5 hours 28 minutes and 38 seconds later, the men aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild were first across the finish line to take outright victory. This latest win had a rather special flavour with the sailors of Gitana Team embroiled in an incredibly intense duel with the crew of Banque Populaire XI led by Armel Le Cléac’h. This first place is the fourth consecutive win for this crew and the sixth for the Caudrelier Cammas pairing.
07 juillet 2022, 18h04
A dazzling win for Charles Caudrelier’s men in Concarneau
FINISH NEWSFLASH - After a stunning finale, which kept enthusiasts spellbound, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild secures victory in the Finistère Atlantique - Challenge Action Enfance. The five-arrow giant took line honours this Thursday 7 July at 16:28 UTC after 6 days 5 hours and 28 minutes of racing. The crew of Gitana team covered 4 132.48 miles at an average speed of 27,65 knots. Charles Caudrelier, Franck Cammas, Morgan Lagraviere, Erwan Israel, David Boileau and Yann Riou outpaced the men on Banque Populaire XI, who are expected across the line in a few minutes.
07 juillet 2022, 14h52
Gearing up for a photo finish?
Just a matter of hours from the outcome of the Finistère Atlantique Challenge Action Enfance, the end result is still far from certain. The duel continues between the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Banque Populaire XI and the shore teams await them with bated breath. Though Charles Caudrelier and his men are still hanging onto a lead of around twenty miles over Armel Le Cleac’h and his crew, the sailors that make up Gitana Team are keeping a cool head and are solely focused on getting 120% out of the five-arrow giant’s potential. However, they are all too aware how lots of tiny details could still turn the situation on its head. As such, the watchword over the final hours of racing has to be concentration! The latest ETAs suggest a finish between 16:00 and 18:00 UTC this Thursday.
06 juillet 2022, 17h38
A suspenseful denouement to the race
The top duo in the Finistère Atlantique - Challenge Action Enfance is treating us to a thrilling denouement to the race. Currently battling it out at the latitude of Cape Finisterre, both crews were brought up on a diet of one-design competitions as past Figaro sailors, which means that racing with daggers drawn is very much part of their DNA. Despite radically different options yesterday after the Azores passage, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild opting for a N’ly option whilst Banque Populaire XI favoured the east, the two giants are now side by side again for less than 600 miles from the finish. At the 17:00 UTC position report, Charles Caudrelier’s men had snatched back control of the fleet, just 5.5 miles ahead of their closest rival.
06 juillet 2022
A final close-hauled but high-speed duel
Despite the intensity and engagement that are prerequisites in the current racing offshore of Cape Finisterre, there’s a good atmosphere among the sailors on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. With less than 600 miles to the finish, which should be decided tomorrow evening in Concarneau, the match with Armel Le Cleac’h’s crew is still being just as hotly contested.
05 juillet 2022
Passage at Santa Maria and a riveting duel
First to make the Action Enfance Azores gate offshore of the island of Santa Maria last night, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has begun her climb up to the finish in Concarneau, but there is still a way to go yet. Indeed, since Cape Finisterre, Charles Caudrelier and his men have been embroiled in an intense battle with Banque Populaire XI skippered by Armel Le Cléac’h and his crew, both of them constantly jockeying for the top spot.
04 juillet 2022, 18h59
After the Canaries, tonight the Azores
As the Finistère Atlantique fleet tackles its fourth day at sea this Monday afternoon, offshore the battle is raging. At the front of the pack, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Banque Populaire XI have been caught up in a merciless duel for the past 24 hours, which is as spicy as it is thrilling. The crews have given up their offshore watch system to switch to full-on, close-contact race mode, slugging it out in a quest for the top spot. At the 17:00 UTC position report, Charles Caudrelier and his men had the edge once again, having regained some precious miles to snatch back control of the race by late morning.
04 juillet 2022
Manoeuvres in the dark offshore of the Canaries
Overnight from Sunday 3 to Monday 4 July, the Ultims competing in the Finistère Atlantique had to negotiate the Challenge Action Enfance Canaries gate; a narrow passage of around ten miles between the south of Lanzarote and the northern tip of Fuerteventura. Added to that, it was moonless in a pretty lively breeze of up to 24-25 knots, according to the sailors’ on-board accounts, as the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild ticked off this course mark in 2nd place. Indeed, the men on Banque Populaire XI pipped them to the post by just 38 seconds! Earlier in the day, the two giants became embroiled in a real mano a mano as they dropped down towards the Spanish archipelago. However, the duel clearly reached a head at the Lanzarote passage: intensity and engagement were the words which best described the moment for Morgan Lagravière, who took control of the helm of the Maxi with Franck Cammas during these high-speed phases. As a bonus in this latest video are some stunning new drone images by Yann Riou!
04 juillet 2022, 10h58
Account of a full-on passage around Lanzarote
Last night, at 02:36 UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild cleared the Challenge ACTION ENFANCE Canaries gate, a virtual line between the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Charles Caudrelier and his men made the turn in second position, just a few seconds shy of Banque Populaire XI. Franck Cammas, David Boileau and Morgan Lagravière tell us the tale of this epic passage, at very high speed in the pitch black. Since then, the five-arrow giant has set a course for the north-west and Santa Maria in the Azores, the next course mark.
03 juillet 2022, 17h48
Close contact sailing on the approach to Madeira
Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the third day of racing in the Finistère Atlantique did not get off to the best of starts. Whilst Charles Caudrelier and his crew had been leading the way since the race start in Concarneau, by early this afternoon they’d lost the top spot to Armel Le Cléac’h’s men. Indeed, the latter are more at ease and quicker in the weather conditions currently being negotiated by the head of the fleet on the approach to Madeira, namely on a downwind point of sail with a dying breeze fluctuating between 11 and 14 knots. As such, after forty-eight hours at sea, it’s game on again for the top two boats, with Sodebo still in contact just thirty or so miles astern of them.
02 juillet 2022, 16h05
Slipping along towards the latitudes of Cape Finisterre
Since setting sail from Concarneau yesterday, Friday 1 July at 11:00 UTC, the Finistère Atlantique Challenge Action Enfance fleet has had a varied first day at sea. Though the first few miles had to be negotiated in light airs, conditions which are always tricky and dreaded by sailors, the large trimarans were able to quickly accelerate away, gaining ground to the west where the four competing crews could hunt down steadier winds at the tail end of a front. Getting off to a brilliant start in the bay of Concarneau and following an initial winning option down the inside track at Glénan, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild led the fleet offshore. After 24 hours at sea, Charles Caudrelier’s men have managed to hold onto their lead, but behind them the hunt is on, with the fleet making a high average speed of 30 knots as it makes towards the north-west tip of Spain. From there, they’ll launch onto another round in what promises to be much more boisterous wind and sea conditions.
01 juillet 2022, 17h15
Game on for the Finistère Atlantique!
This Friday 1 July, as the epic cycle tour kicks off in Denmark, the giants of the Ultim class gathered together in one of offshore racing’s favourite spots, the bay of Port la Forêt, offshore of Concarneau in Brittany. At 11:00 UTC sharp, pushed along by a timid SW’ly breeze of 6-8 knots, the 32-metre giants set a course for the Glénan archipelago before heading out into the Bay of Biscay. Though renowned for being the heaviest boat of the fleet, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild proved to be particularly agile and quick in the light airs. Indeed, Charles Caudrelier’s crew got off to the best start, leading the race from the first few hours at sea.
07 juin 2022, 16h36
Charles Caudrelier qualified for the Route du Rhum
With five months to go until the start of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe, Charles Caudrelier has secured his entry ticket for yachting’s main event of 2022. Taking advantage of the long weekend to set sail singlehanded, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild went way beyond the 1,200-mile qualifying passage required by the event’s Race Management team in what proved to be varied conditions conducive to high speed. In addition to the qualification, this four-day offshore passage is also very much in line with Gitana Team’s training programme and served as the perfect opportunity for the sailor to rekindle his ties with solo sailing. In nearly three weeks, in crewed configuration this time, the Ultim trimaran teams will rediscover the thrill of competition in a long 3,500-mile looped circuit around the North Atlantic.
27 mai 2022, 17h53
Charles Caudrelier solo training
Relaunched a fortnight ago after a demanding winter refit, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her skipper are now getting down to the nitty-gritty! Kicking off the week in crewed format to prepare for the Finistère Atlantique (start on 1 July from Concarneau, Brittany), Charles Caudrelier cast off from the Lorient base in false solo mode on Wednesday for two nights of offshore sail training. Accompanied by the five-arrow team’s trusty media man Yann Riou he set a course for the south of Ireland and the legendary Fastnet Rock. The aim was to hunt down more sustained breeze than there is along the French coast right now and hence conditions more suited to his first training session in Route du Rhum configuration.
11 mai 2022, 11h33
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild relaunched
Early yesterday morning, the large doors to the Gitana shed were opened to release the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild from her five-month refit. Enjoying a ringside seat, her skipper, Charles Caudrelier, looked on attentively, though his mind is already geared towards the open ocean and the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, the major meet in the team’s 2022 race schedule. For its 12th edition, the legendary transatlantic race between St Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre, due to set sail on 6 November, is booked out with an unprecedented line-up of over 138 sailors! The five-arrow giant will be one of the eight pretenders in the Ultim category. In the run-up to the event, the winner of the 2004 Solitaire du Figaro plans to get as much time on the water as possible to develop his automatic reflexes as a solo sailor so he can post the best possible performance in November. The Rhum may well be a singlehanded race, but it is as a team, with a particularly strong entourage, that Charles Caudrelier intends to raise his game over the coming months.
21 janvier 2022, 13h34
FlyingOffshore, Gitana Team launches its series this Friday 21 January
On 22 January 2021, almost a year ago to the day, after a more than promising start to the record attempt, the highlight of which was a new reference time between Ushant and the Cape of Good Hope, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild had to turn back at the gateway to the Deep South, the damage to one of the 32-metre giant’s float rudders effectively putting any Jules Verne Trophy dreams on hold for Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew - Morgan Lagravière, Erwan Israël, Yann Riou and David Boileau. To plunge back into this incredible planetary adventure, Gitana Team is launching the first season of its Flying Offshore season. The fruit of much work by Yann Riou at sea and the polaRYSE teams on shore, the five episodes that make up the first opus are now available for your delectation.
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.
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.
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.
11 novembre 2021
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.