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    pix by Eloi Stichelbaut:
    Gitana 17 very much like FA - Eloi Stichelbaut.jpg

  • #2
    Gitana Relaunches

    2019 season
    Time to take the plunge

    There’s no doubt about it, the large offshore multihull season is up and running! Following on from Actual
    Leader last week, Macif yesterday, this morning it was the turn of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to return to the
    ocean this Thursday 23 May at her Lorient base. After a six-month refit, devoted to the repair of the starboard
    bow section lost during the Route du Rhum, together with the optimisation of the giant 32-metre platform, the
    team was keen to rediscover the latest addition to the Gitana fleet on an even keel.

    Charles Caudrelier, one of the racing stable’s two new skippers, had a ringside seat to witness proceedings at what is always a very
    emotional time. Meantime, Franck Cammas monitored this return to the water remotely as he’s lining up today
    for the first meeting of the GC32 Racing Tour season. Both sailors will be reunited next week for a spot of
    offshore sailing in their port of registry.

    Understanding, repairing, progressing
    On 5 November 2018, after around ten hours at sea and a stunning start to the race, the Maxi Edmond de
    Rothschild suffered serious damage following the loss of the trimaran’s starboard bow. Sébastien Josse’s race
    came to an abrupt halt. On 21 November, it was a giant lamenting a 10-metre amputation, which made it back to
    her technical base in Lorient, Brittany. Six months later, after a long and tricky rebuild, Gitana 17 is back on the
    pontoons, with two new skippers at her helm who are itching to discover their steed.

    “Six months is a long time, but that’s how long we needed to make another float mould, have the part
    manufactured at Multiplast, bond it to the platform and paint the whole thing. We only had a month for this
    entire last bonding element and the finishing touches and it wasn’t a day too long!” according to Pierre Tissier,
    the team’s Technical Director.

    Sébastien Sainson, head of the in-house design office gave us the low-down on the method applied throughout
    the studious winter refit: “Our main difficulty was having to carry out a series of investigations to understand
    what led to the damage, at the same time as getting started as quickly as possible with the rebuild. To achieve
    this, we worked closely with Guillaume Verdier and his teams. It was a long, painstaking job requiring the utmost
    precision! Everything was reviewed, from the health of the material to the implementation of the original plans.
    Using the various sources at our disposal, and notably the data from the on-board inertial unit, we managed to
    come up with the most convincing hypothesis, revise the structural and fluid calculations and the opt for
    reinforcements accordingly.”

    The new bow section and the structural reinforcements made to the other two bows naturally required
    scrupulous attention and all our know-how, but the five-arrow team also made the most of the winter months to
    continue the development and optimisation of the Maxi. In this way, to benefit the ergonomics and
    aerodynamics, the cuddy was cut away and revised. In line with their reputation as honed technicians and
    performers, the two new skippers have already got together with the various members of the Team and
    considered some new avenues for improvement. Aerodynamics will be at the top of the pile once again this
    summer to make further gains in terms of performance.

    Accelerated learning

    The recently named skipper pairing will really have their work cut out in the coming weeks. Indeed, Franck
    Cammas and Charles Caudrelier will have to quickly get their bearings and tame what is a complex and
    demanding machine. This Tuesday, the duo will go out for a series of sessions out on the water, in crewed
    configuration initially, with the aim of participating in the legendary Rolex Fastnet Race, then double-handed to
    prepare for the great sports clash which awaits them on 3 November 2019. The latter event goes by the name
    Brest Atlantiques, a 14,000-mile triangular course setting sail from and finishing in the metropolis of Brest in
    north-west Brittany, via Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town in South Africa. This first trial run will be a fantastic test
    both for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and the skippers, who will set sail double-handed for nearly a month at
    sea accompanied by a mediaman!

    “This launch is a first achievement. Since Franck and I joined the team, we’ve made a lot of observations about
    the boat in terms of the numbers, both on the plans and digitally. Now, we’re keen to get out sailing on her and
    feeling what she’s all about. This discovery phase is inevitably exhilarating. The team has proven that it’s made a
    good, seaworthy boat and now it’s down to us to make it all sing. The Brest Atlantiques race is already on our
    minds and our preparation has begun. We hope to get in as much sailing as possible, aware that these are
    complex boats that require fine-tuning. The slightest little issue can take time to resolve but the team has done
    a fantastic job this winter. The Maxi has been sailing for two years now, she’s been made more reliable and
    despite the major structural issue she had in the Route du Rhum, all the peripheral systems are working very
    well. As such, we hope we’ve turned a corner now so we can focus more on the sailing, which is a great
    opportunity”, said a delighted Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Edmond de Rothschild.

    Remarkable teamwork
    Following the damage suffered in the Route du Rhum, the owners of Gitana were very clear about the fact that
    they wanted to be present for the 2019 season, which meant that the team had to adhere to a very tight
    schedule given the scale of the task in hand. Cyril Dardashti, who has managed the racing stable for the past
    ten years, is all too aware of the effort and commitment required for such a refit both on a collective level and
    individually: “It’s the first time we’ve done work like this in our yard in Lorient and it’s a source of great pride for
    the whole team that we’ve managed to pull it off. It was ambitious as there were tight deadlines and it was a
    complex bonding operation. However, the team, and notably the composite specialists, all stepped up to the
    plate despite their understandable disappointment about the breakage and our retirement from the race. Hats
    off to everyone. Of course, my mind turns here to our owners and the Edmond de Rothschild Group, who are
    continuing to support us. I sincerely hope that we can quickly thank them for their patience in the best possible
    manner. From the moment we managed to come up with the explanation for our breakage, a whole series of
    things clicked into place and we’re fired up again like never before. I think you have to take inspiration from
    failure. We’re up and rolling again now so we can write a whole new chapter.”

    “The loss of the bow section raised a lot of questions... This damage was a real knock-back for everyone, but
    despite all that, we’ve managed to stay on track and keep in line with our objectives. I think that by rebuilding
    the boat, we’ve rebuilt ourselves too!” concluded Pierre Tissier.

    - a three-part mini series by Gitana Team -
    Via a three-part mini series, Gitana Team reviews the timing of events, which led to the damage and
    subsequent retirement of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, as well as the ensuing months. Accompanied by the
    project’s protagonists, and notably the members of the shore team and her naval architect Guillaume Verdier,
    the five-arrow racing stable invites us behind the scenes in the winter of 2018-2019, to the heart of the rebuild
    and the renaissance of the latest addition to the Gitana fleet.

    Episode 1: the facts :

    Episode 2 : Understand :

    Episode 3 : Rebirth : is coming this afternoon
    The programme for 2019-2024
    Crewed, double-handed, singlehanded, transatlantic races, round the worlds, records… you’d be hard pushed
    to put forward a more comprehensive and ambitious programme for the next five seasons. The originality of
    Gitana Team’s announcement lies in part in the sharing of the programme and singlehanded events in
    particular. Armed with his vast multihull experience and his expertise regarding flight, most notably acquired in
    the America’s Cup, Franck Cammas will kick-off the singlehanded element of the project aboard the Maxi
    Edmond de Rothschild. This will be in 2020, for The Transat, a legendary event which is yet to grace his
    massive list of wins. Next, after a crewed handover year during the round the world race, it will be Charles’ turn
    to take centre stage during the Route du Rhum 2022.

    3 August - Rolex Fastnet Race // crewed
    3 November - Brest Atlantiques (Brest-Rio de Janeiro-Cape Town-Brest) // double-handed

    May - The Transat * // singlehanded
    Summer – North Atlantic record // crewed or singlehanded
    Autumn - Jules Verne Trophy // crewed

    May - June - The Arch (Tour de l’Europe with stopovers) // crewed
    Round the world, setting sail from the Mediterranean // crewed

    Records (Discovery Route, North Atlantic...) // crewed, singlehanded
    Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe *// singlehanded

    Records (Discovery Route, North Atlantic...) // crewed, singlehanded
    December - Brest Océans // singlehanded
    * subject to validation by the organisers regarding the participation of the Ultimes
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    • #3
      Episode 3 in French:


      • #4
        The non English version of Episode 3 has been taken down. Should be a new version shortly.


        • #5
          We Have Liftoff

          The first flying sessions of 2019 for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild with the Baie de Quiberon as the playing field.
          Flight, power, stability: the new elements put in place over the winter seem to be bearing fruit!

          A giant trimaran hovers over the bay of Quiberon, giving an impression of disconcerting ease. The first navigations of Edmond de Rothschild - Gitana 17 - are astonishing as soon as the wind is higher than 15 knots. This was the case for this exit in Quiberon Bay. We called Charles Caudrelier, co-skipper of the craft with Franck Cammas, to ask him a little comment ...

          "On these boats now, if you are not 40 knots, it feels like dragging ..." Charles Caudrelier may have a smile. The first five sailings of Edmond de Rothschild - the trimaran Ultim Gitana 17 - are more than satisfactory after the reconstruction work that followed the loss of a piece of float during the Route du Rhum. Charles explains: "This video was shot on Saturday (June 8th) in Quiberon bay. There was between 16/17 knots of wind and the speed of the boat oscillated constantly between 37 and 40 knots. There were six of us on board, including Franck (Cammas) and me. We flew around Belle-île. The boat is fully expressed from 15 knots of wind and there it was. On this boat you feel completely confident at 40 knots, it is very stable ... "

          Bruno Menard
          Voiles et Voiliers
          " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"

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