IN THE WAKE OF GITANA, JUNE 2015
In offshore racing, very often we know the stories of the sea or the biographies of the sailors setting off on the races, but very little about the background to the teams hidden behind the performances. Dive into the heart of the Gitana Team and each month you too can explore behind the scenes of the offshore racing stable fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild; such is the promise of the web series In the wake of Gitana. Construction, research and development, optimisation, training sessions, competitions, as well as team spirit the Gitana Team opens its doors.
News, lakeside fortunes
It's aboard the GC32 Edmond de Rothschild that Sébastien Josse and his five crew opted to compete in the most celebrated of the competitions on Lake Geneva for the first time: the Bol d'Or. And for this baptism of fire, Gitana was hoping for a medium to strong wind with which to harness the potential of its Flying catamaran. In the end, light airs dominated the first part of the race before the storms and violent squalls spiced up the race for the catamaran with five arrows. What a tale!
Encounter with one of the members of Gitana
Endearing, passionate and endowed with unfailing humour, Cyril Ducrot is one of the guardian angels of the craft that make up the five-arrow racing stable Indeed, he is one of the préparateurs', the team's boat captain. He reveals all about his journey here and describes his rather atypical route, one that enabled this boat fanatic to migrate' from the shores of the Opale coast in north-east France to the waters of southern Brittany.
Objective Vendée Globe, the final assembly
At the Multiplast yard in Vannes, the time has come for the completion of the shell of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild. After the successful assembly of the hull and deck with millimetre precision, the box' is now sealed. Always a tricky operation, it's taken numerous man-hours for the teams managed by Yann Penfornis, with several test runs performed beforehand. Pierre Tissier, Gitana's technical director, invites us to hop aboard for a guided tour.
Images and production: Christophe Castagne / Yol Production
Editing and technical equipment: Thomas Sametin / R2 Production