News
22 février 2021, 15h13
Haul out and spring refit for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Having returned to Lorient a fortnight ago, after her Jules Verne Trophy attempt was cut short due to the breakage of a float rudder, it’s now time for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to go into refit. As a result, the week is kicking off with the platform being hauled out and transferred to Gitana Team’s technical base, just a stone’s throw from the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly. In this way, the 32-metre giant will join her appendages and mast, which the team has already been working on for several days. The rhythm of the competitive seasons usually translates as a winter refit or a winter break but this year, the Jules Verne Trophy schedule means that Gitana Team will be undertaking a spring refit! It should last a little over three months and will largely be devoted to a complete overhaul of the Maxi, along with a repair of the appendages and the implementation of a series of optimisation processes made possible thanks to the experience gained during the round the world attempts and the accompanying 40 days spent out on the water in race format.
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26 janvier 2021, 17h47
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild homeward bound
At the end of last week, just a matter of hours was all it took for the Gitana Team to go from the satisfaction of a record time for its descent of the Atlantic aboard its flying maxi-trimaran to the great disappointment of discovering damage on its rudder, which definitively put an end to its Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. Since then, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has turned back and has spared no effort in what have been tricky weather conditions to reach more hospitable latitudes to the north. Up against a number of logistical constraints, directly linked to the health restrictions in force as a result of the global pandemic, the six sailors, in agreement with Cyril Dardashti and their router, Marcel van Triest, have decided to return to their home port via the sea and under their own steam, which means without stopping off to effect repairs in Cape Town, South Africa, as was initially envisaged.
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22 janvier 2021, 18h42
The first accounts from on-board at the end of the Jules Verne Trophy attempt
After setting sail from Ushant on 10 January 2021, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild put an end to its Jules Verne Trophy record attempt this Friday 22 January after twelve intense days at sea, a journey which proved to have a steep learning curve. It is with a great deal of disappointment and inevitably a few regrets that this circumnavigation of the globe draws to a close. Justified disappointment because, given how much effort the six sailors put into this first section of the planetary course, they were deserving of so much more. Regrets too as Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew proved that they were right on the pace on this magnificent descent of the Atlantic, added to which the weather forecasts for the coming days were smiling on them… Alas, the story is not theirs to write this year, but this experience is far from over, as one of the co-skippers of the 32-metre giant, Charles Caudrelier, speculated.
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22 janvier 2021
The first accounts from on-board at the end of the Jules Verne Trophy attempt
News
22 janvier 2021, 14h18
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.
News
22 janvier 2021, 12h47
Float rudder damage aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
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 that they’d encountered some problems with the rudder on the starboard float, which is the leeward rudder and hence the one under load. Having reduced its speed, the crew is currently carrying out a thorough inspection of the appendages and its connecting systems with its experts onshore. Further information will be communicated over the coming hours.
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22 janvier 2021, 07h24
Plunging southwards
Since their successive passages yesterday of the Cape of Good Hope at 11:37 UTC and then Cape Agulhas four hours later, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are navigating the Indian Ocean. The six sailors are having to deal with sailing conditions the crew describe as difficult. Indeed, with strong and shifty winds in terms of force and short, cross seas, the journey south is no picnic, particularly in light of the fact that this dive down towards the austral latitudes is accompanied by a significant drop in temperature. At the 06:00 UTC position report, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew were positioned at 48°28 south and had a lead of 887 miles over Idec Sport.
News
21 janvier 2021, 18h28
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.
News
21 janvier 2021, 12h57
Ushant Good Hope, a new reference time for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
After setting sail from Ushant on 10 January at 01h33’46’’, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild passed the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope this 21 January at 11h27’46’’ UTC after 11 days 9 hours and 53 minutes at sea. In so doing, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, David Boileau, Erwan Israël, Yann Riou and Morgan Lagravière have secured the new reference time for the descent of the Atlantic, improving on the crewed reference time set by Banque Populaire in 2012 in the Jules Verne with a time of 11 days 21 hours 48 minutes (some 11 hours and 55 minutes faster) as well as that of Francois Gabart in solo format. Until this lunchtime, the skipper of Macif held the outright record for this section of 11 days 20 hours and 10 minutes.
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21 janvier 2021
The first reference times by way of a tribute to Benjamin de Rothschild
Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew have become the fastest sailors in history on the descent of the Atlantic; a stellar time which they naturally dedicate to Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, whose passing was announced a few days ago.
News
21 janvier 2021, 08h01
First major cape today
Throughout the night, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has had to contend with shifty conditions to get the 32-metre giant making headway towards the gateway to the Indian Ocean. In short seas, where the boat accelerates and decelerates in every wave, piloting by night has not been the easiest of missions, especially in light of the fact that the dying breeze is still serving up a few suprise gusts to spice things up. As such, it was important to be on the sheets last night under the cuddy of the flying blue maxi-trimaran. Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew had to hunt down a pivot point to the north before gybing on the stroke of 04:00 hours and then diving back down towards the south and the fortieth parallel. Despite conceding some ground to their virtual adversary over recent hours, at the 07:00 UTC position report, the men of Gitana Team still boast an 821-mile lead over the record holder, giving them a good cushion for rounding the first major cap of this round the world under sail.
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20 janvier 2021, 17h36
500 miles from the Indian Ocean
The men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are preparing to leave the familiar waters of the Atlantic Ocean and devour those of the less hospitable Indian Ocean. Indeed, at midday tomorrow, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, David Boileau, Erwan Israël, Morgan Lagravière and Yann Riou should pass the longitude of Cape Agulhas, which marks the entrance to the Southern Ocean. If the men of Gitana Team maintain the same pace they’ve been setting for the past three days or so, they should manage to post a fine time by way of a conclusion for this section of the course, which measures nearly 6,200 miles (or around 10,000 km).
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20 janvier 2021
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20 janvier 2021, 08h15
Riding on the back of the depression
With short waves and a NW’ly wind of over 30 knots, there’s no doubt this morning, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is in the teeth of the forties. Despite the boisterous conditions, which are not facilitating the giant’s passage through the sea, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their crew have managed to maintain high speeds throughout the night. A sustained pace, albeit perfectly balanced to preserve the gear, has enabled them to significantly increase their lead over Idec Sport in the past 24 hours. At the 07:00 UTC position report, the latest of the Gitanas was darting along towards the Cape of Good Hope and the entrance to the Indian Ocean some 952.4 miles ahead of the bows of their virtual adversary.
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19 janvier 2021, 17h21
Striding out towards Good Hope
Spot on with their timing and at the helm of a giant at her full potential, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild began their passage across the South Atlantic on Sunday evening after seven days at sea, bound for Good Hope, the first of three major capes in the Jules Verne Trophy. Since then, the flying maxi-trimaran has left the Brazilian coast in her wake, the miles simply flying by at very high speed. This afternoon, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew have entered the forties, latitudes known by sailors as roaring due to the boisterous conditions they provide for those who dare to venture into them. And it has to be said that the NW’ly breeze has fleshed out to above 30 knots now. And so the scene is set for the men of Gitana Team who are continuing on their record hunt, with their sights on their first crack at the record to Cape Agulhas, which they know to be within reach.
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19 janvier 2021, 07h41
At high speed ahead of the low-pressure system
For the past 24 hours, since they made a perfectly controlled turn to the east offshore of Brazil, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have clearly been lengthening their stride. Constantly making over 30 knots, often stretching to close to 35-40 knots, the six sailors are ticking off the miles at very high speed, increasing their lead over Francis Joyon’s record in the process. They were 732 miles in credit at the 07:00 UTC position report, compared with 442 miles at the same time yesterday. However, today’s the day when the atmosphere and the setting will really change aboard. The big blue skies will likely give way to moderate conditions ahead of the front and the T-shirts and shorts the crew were still wearing on deck yesterday afternoon will likely be consigned to their bags for a while.
Video
19 janvier 2021
Ready for the Southern Ocean
Some last few moments of me time’ aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild before plunging towards the Deep South.
News
18 janvier 2021, 08h19
Acceleration at 30° south
After a relatively peaceful two-day transition along the Brazilian coast, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has begun to put some easting into its course, gradually bending the 32-metre giant’s trajectory round towards the point of entry into the Southern Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope. Very quick over the past four hours with an average speed of over 35 knots at the 07:00 UTC position report, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew have also increased their lead over the current record holder to 428 miles this Monday morning. We’ve got it, aboard the flying maxi-trimaran the pace is set to accelerate over the coming hours whilst the temperature will drop as the six sailors plunge towards the southern latitudes.
Video
18 janvier 2021
On the South Atlantic launch pad
After a week at sea and already 6,000 miles to their credit on their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is beginning its dive down towards the Deep South with a lead of nearly 500 miles in relation to the current record. Yann Riou, the onboard media crewman treats us to a few instants of pure delight as they slip along in the South Atlantic. A little something to warm the cockles of your heart on what is a very difficult start to the week elsewhere.
Magazine
17 janvier 2021, 16h52
From the Jules Verne Trophy to K2, the art of routing at the summit
So what if we were to look at the Jules Verne Trophy from the perspective of the summit it represents in the world of offshore racing? On its journey around the planet with the clock as its implacable adversary, this sailing record undoubtedly and figuratively ranks as one of the toughest mountains to climb. The challenge taken up by the men of Gitana Team is massive, namely a circumnavigation of the blue planet at a cracking pace to secure a new reference time under 40 days and 23 hours. In the high seas, just like in the high mountains, the challenges which push the envelope of human performance are both particularly dependent on the weather. Their success is inextricably linked to this component and with it the goodwill of Nature, which always has the final say. Little wonder then that when these two sports take the form of a feat on the crest of the waves or on the roof of the world, they have the distinctive feature of giving rise to remote weather routing with forecasts tailored for extreme environments. It is an art, a science in its own right where expertise takes precedence, some of the secrets to which are shared with us by Marcel van Triest, who is supporting the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in her round the world navigation, and by Yan Giezendanner, a forecaster who in recent days has completed the routing for an historic winter ascent of K2…
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17 janvier 2021
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17 janvier 2021, 09h22
From Brest to Rio de Janeiro
Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, there was rather a peculiar atmosphere yesterday; a combination of the very bad and sad news coming from land and the complete contrast with the immediate environment on the 32-metre giant. In fact, for the past 36 hours, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier’s crew has been benefiting from ideal conditions for both the men and the machine. The six sailors are slipping along on a long port tack offshore of the Brazilian coast and should pass the latitude of Cabo Frio and Rio de Janeiro at the end of the day. Indeed, despite the SE’ly breeze easing to around 12 knots since the middle of the night, they are powering southwards at an average speed of around 20 knots. Yesterday was also very interesting purely in terms of miles in the bank as it enabled the sailors of Gitana Team to rack up a lead of over 280 miles in relation to their virtual adversary.
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20 janvier 2021
Atlantic South, pictures
News
16 janvier 2021, 11h05
Passing of baron Benjamin de Rothschild, founder and owner of the Gitana Team
It is with deep regret and great sadness that Gitana Team announces the death of Benjamin de Rothschild following a heart attack at his home in Pregny (Switzerland), on the afternoon of 15 January 2021.
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16 janvier 2021, 09h10
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15 janvier 2021, 15h57
Navigating the southern hemisphere
After setting sail from Ushant on Sunday 10 January at 01:33 UTC on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the equator this Friday 15 January at 14h48'32'' UTC, after 5 days 13 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. Though this first passage time is a far cry from the outright record for this section, which has been held since 2019 by Spindrift Racing in a time of 4 days 19 hours 57 minutes, it has nevertheless enabled the sailors of Gitana Team to make the switch into the southern hemisphere with a lead of nearly six hours over the time set by Idec Sport.
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15 janvier 2021
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild switches across to the southern hemisphere
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15 janvier 2021, 15h50
Newsflash The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the southern hemisphere
After setting sail from Ushant on Sunday 10 January at 01:33 UTC on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the equator this Friday 15 January at 14h48'32'' UTC, after 5 days 13 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. Though this first passage time is a far cry from the outright record for this section, which has been held since 2019 by Spindrift Racing in a time of 4 days 19 hours 57 minutes, it has nevertheless enabled the sailors of Gitana Team to make the switch into the southern hemisphere with a lead of nearly six hours over the time set by Idec Sport.
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15 janvier 2021, 07h36
Within the hellish doldrums
Some 24 hours ago, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild plunged brutally from high-speed downwind conditions to close-hauled sluggish progress with no wind. Since then, the six sailors have tried everything to extricate themselves from the clutches of this very sticky, all-pervasive doldrums, performing multiple manœuvres and trimming their entire sail wardrobe. But nothing is working! The wind has vanished and with the exception of a few cooperative clouds, which are enabling them to make start-stop progress towards the exit, this passage across the intertropical convergence zone is turning into a long, hard battle. Fortunately, this is not the sailors’ first go at this and they are able to gain some sense of perspective in light of the thousands of miles that lie ahead of the bows of the flying maxi-trimaran. The long old day and sleepless night has cost them dearly. Credited with a 140-mile lead yesterday morning, the sailors of Gitana Team are kicking off their sixth day of the attempt with an 86-mile deficit at 07:00 UTC.
Video
14 janvier 2021
A tropical ambiance
Since leaving Ushant on Sunday where the European winter is in full swing, the six sailors from Gitana Team have been enjoying much milder conditions over the past 48 hours on the approach to the equator.
News
14 janvier 2021, 18h00
Braking on the approach to the equator
On the fifth day of Gitana Team’s attempt to secure the Jules Verne Trophy, the miles gained over the record holder during the descent of the North Atlantic, have melted away to nothing. Going from a 140-mile lead this morning, the meter has slipped into the red late in the afternoon. The reason for this is that since the end of last night, the men on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild have been ensnared in the doldrums and it’s the light airs version with slow progress, which has been reserved for them. Faced with these weather hazards, which are completely unpredictable in this intertropical convergence zone, the only option is patience. Aboard the latest of the Gitanas, these calmer times have been put to good use to do a complete check of the boat and recharge the batteries, despite the stifling heat, which has gatecrashed the insides of the five-arrow giant.
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14 janvier 2021, 07h33
The doldrums on today’s menu
Since passing offshore of Cape Verde yesterday morning, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been slipping along at a fair old lick in the trade wind of the northern hemisphere, on a direct course to the equator. However, for the past few hours, the six sailors that make up her crew have been experiencing a slight change in weather pattern. In fact, at 6° North, the intertropical convergence zone is making its presence felt ahead of the bows of the 32-metre giant and with it comes a whole bunch of the weather hazards so renowned and dreaded by the sailors traversing the area. After four days at sea in this Jules Verne Trophy, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew are attacking the doldrums with a 143-mile lead over the current record.
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15 janvier 2021
North Atlantic, onboard photos
News
13 janvier 2021, 17h56
Trade wind flight at last
The efforts deployed by the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild since leaving Ushant on Sunday are bearing fruit on this fourth day of the record. To exploit the chosen weather window as best they can, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew have had to link together a series of gybes, extending the course which will lead them down towards the equator. Since this morning though, they’ve been making headway in the trade wind and have got nicely into the groove on port tack so as to exploit the true potential of the five-arrow flying maxi-trimaran. At 17:00 UTC, the latest of the Gitanas had again clawed back some miles in relation to her virtual adversary and boasted a lead of 115 miles.
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13 janvier 2021, 08h10
A Cape Verdean sunrise
As envisaged by the weather forecasts, the NE’ly wind picked up last night to between 25 and 30 knots between the Canaries and Cape Verde. After a series of lively exchanges with their router Marcel van Triest, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier had left the door open to a more direct passage between the islands, albeit on the proviso that that sun had already risen in order for them to thread their way through the heart of the archipelago. In the end, given their progress, it is with an option via the west that the crew will ultimately round Cape Verde this morning, leaving sufficient room to avoid the effects of the wind shadow created by the volcanic islands in the sails of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Their lead over Francis Joyon’s record fluctuates every time the latest Gitana puts in a gybe or repositions herself to the west, but it has remained relatively stable at around 100 miles for several days.
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12 janvier 2021, 18h11
At the gateway to the trade wind
Since setting sail off Ushant in the early hours of Sunday 10 January, at 01h 33' 46'' UTC, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew have been continuing their descent of the North Atlantic bound for the equator. Having covered nearly 2,000 miles in two and a half days, at an average speed of 31.4 knots, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are nicely into the swing of things and, at the 17:00 UTC position report, had even treated themselves to a lead of 139 miles in relation to the record set by Francis Joyon. This third day of the record has been punctuated by a weather transition along the length of a ridge of high pressure associated with the Azores High and the six sailors have had to deal with some very variable winds, which are much too light for their taste, in order to gain headway to the south. However, rest assured that from tonight, there will be a drastic change of scene as the NE’ly breeze is set to flesh out as they approach Cape Verde.
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12 janvier 2021
The first drone images at sunset in Madeira
Two minutes of flight over the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild thanks to our expert pilot, Yann Riou!
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12 janvier 2021, 07h30
Stalling off the Canaries
After 48 hours at sea and nearly 1,700 miles covered since the start, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is offshore of the Canaries this morning. Making an average speed of nearly 32 knots since Ushant, the six sailors who make up her crew have been endeavouring to exploit every possible aspect of their weather window and are sparing no effort in the mission to get their 32-metre giant down to the equator, as evidenced by the string of gybes performed yesterday to get around Madeira. Though the wind is easing on the approach to the Spanish archipelago, the wind has dipped below 20 knots since last night and Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew still have a slight lead in relation to the record, namely 117 miles according to the 07:00 UTC position report.
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11 janvier 2021, 19h05
Into the Atlantic rhythm
At the 18:00 UTC position report this Monday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild had covered 1,313 miles over the ground since leaving Ushant on Sunday at 01:33 UTC. Posting an average speed over this distance of 32.7 knots, it is a clear indication that the crew of the 32-metre giant is already very much in tune with the fast pace required by a record like the Jules Verne Trophy. After a bracing phase during the passage around Cape Finisterre, where the sailors had to contend with a solid breeze of over 30 knots and chaotic seas, conditions were becoming calmer this Monday afternoon as they skirted the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. Charles Caudrelier, Franck Cammas and their four crew currently have a 65-mile lead over the record.
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11 janvier 2021
First images from the sea
A recap in images of the first two days of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. A wet atmosphere with big seas and heavy two-way traffic amidst the cargo ships as they slip along towards Madeira, the whole scenario commented on by one of the boat’s skippers, Franck Cammas.
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11 janvier 2021, 07h24
Madeira bound
A little over 24 hours out from Ushant, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are rolling out the plan drawn up before the start with their router Marcel van Triest to perfection. Following an express exit from the Bay of Biscay of around ten hours or so, ticked off at an average speed of over 30 knots, the first day at sea in this Jules Verne Trophy was dedicated to threading their way along the length of the Iberian peninsula in a bid to gain as much southing as possible. Strong wind and a gybing sequence seven in total since the passage across the line have punctuated the start to the record. This Monday, in the early hours of the second day of this record attempt, the 32-metre giant and his crew were already positioned to the south of Portugal, abeam of Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly tip of Europe. At the 06:00 UTC position report, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew have a lead of nearly a hundred miles in relation to the record.
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10 janvier 2021, 17h38
Abeam of Cape Finisterre!
After setting sail from Ushant at 01:33 UTC this morning, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has already devoured the Bay of Biscay and is rounding the north-west tip of Spain and with it the renowned and dreaded Cape Finisterre this Sunday afternoon. As forecast, the NE’ly breeze has fleshed out throughout the day and is currently dishing up in excess of 30 knots with the sea building. The six sailors of Gitana Team have had to put in a fair few manœuvres to adapt both the sail area and their trajectory. However, these bracing conditions have not prevented Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their crew from finding their bearings and getting right into the swing of things on this long-distance race opening up ahead of their 32-metre giant.
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10 janvier 2021, 03h05
Jules Verne Trophy, round 2
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 00 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.
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10 janvier 2021
Dream conditions for setting sail
The cold of this early January and the moonless night have in no way dulled the motivation of the men aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. With a NE’ly wind and flat seas, the 32-metre giant has gently taken off. We dive into the heart of this poetic start to the Jules Verne Trophy.
News
09 janvier 2021, 22h59
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 this morning. In the early afternoon, the six crew of the latest Gitana returned one by one to the technical base for a final weather briefing with their router Marcel van Triest. Afterwards, they very promptly headed over to the 32-metre giant moored just a few metres away.
Magazine
09 janvier 2021, 18h35
Take-off imminent for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the Jules Verne Trophy
The pontoons of Lorient La Base were positively buzzing this afternoon. After a final scan of the weather charts and models, the Gitana Team took the decision this morning to switch to code green and set sail once more on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy. Despite the wintry weather, there was a generous Breton sunshine this Saturday 9 January and the emotion was palpable, as reflected in the eyes of the six sailors just hours before they launch off on this attempt to secure the legendary round the world record under sail. The crowds were out in force to give them the send-off they deserve. After two months on standby, punctuated by a first attempt which was cut short after the boat collided with a UFO and several potential weather windows that ultimately didn’t play out as the team would have liked, it’s all system go now for the two skippers, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, and their four crew. Indeed, everyone is raring to go and fully committed to an express circumnavigation of the globe aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the first giant designed for open ocean flight. The challenge is an extraordinary one, because the bar has been set very high thanks to a reference time to beat of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes, which has been held since January 2017 by Francis Joyon and his crew on Idec Sport. It is between 23:00 UTC tonight and 03:00 UTC tomorrow that the men of Gitana Team are set to cross the start line, offshore of Ushant, and set in motion the stopwatch for their sprint around the world.
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09 janvier 2021
Bye bye Lorient
At 4 p.m. this Saturday, under a beautiful sun, the Maxi Trimaran Edmond de Rothschild and her crew left Lorient to set sail for the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy, close to Ouessant.
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08 janvier 2021, 14h50
A window named desire!
To take on the Jules Verne Trophy, you obviously need an excellent boat, an equally exceptional crew to drive her at her true potential, as well as a certain composure and nerves of steel to endure the wait for the right weather window. Since Monday, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been on the alert, ready to climb aboard and cast off on a 40-day sea passage the moment the Gitana Team’s router, Marcel van Triest, gives the green light. In this way, the lives of the six sailors and all the team have been coloured by the rhythm of the weather analysis and their twice-daily updates. Now, after a five-day wait, the planets seem to be in alignment and everything is coming together for the crew to leave the dock in Lorient tomorrow afternoon. At that point, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, David Boileau, Morgan Lagravière, Erwan Israël and Yann Riou will make for the north-west tip of Brittany with a view to crossing the line offshore of Ushant some time on Saturday 9 through into Sunday 10 January.
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06 janvier 2021
Lining up for a fresh departure
After over two months on standby and an initial attempt interrupted as a result of technical issues in late November, the sailors aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild make no secret of how keen they are to pull on their boots and foulies and set about securing the Jules Verne Trophy. Their wishes could well be granted and their patience rewarded by the end of the week.
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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.
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