The Gitana Team and Yann Guichard decide not to renew their collaboration
Following a fruitful working venture together, culminating in the Route du Rhum, the Gitana Team, a racing stable founded by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild back in 2000, and sailor Yann Guichard have decided not to renew their collaboration.
For the 2011 season, the Gitana Team wishes to entrust the helm of its various boats to two separate skippers: one regatta racer to drive the Extreme 40 Edmond de Rothschild Group during the Extreme Sailing Series and one sailor to initiate the Multi One Design story aboard a 70 foot one design trimaran.
This strategic development is based around the Extreme Sailing Series programme, which will see some new top level competitors doing battle in the 2011 season, during which the event is set to expand even further internationally. At the same time, the launch of the Multi One Design will require considerable investment both in sporting and technical terms.

The Gitana Team and Yann Guichard weren’t able to come to an agreement as regards the new organisation for this proposed new sports programme.

The Gitana Team, a unique way of working in the universe of sailing competition

In 2000, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild created the Gitana Team, a racing stable based in Saint-Philibert in Brittany’s Morbihan region. Having become a major player in this universe, the Gitana Team still retains its unique approach. Indeed within the Gitana Team, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild entrusts the helm to sailors who correspond with the profile of race programmes as well as the type of boats available. Not a very common practice in the nautical environment, this approach is fairly commonplace in other sporting disciplines such as motorsports.


A mechanical sports buff and a passionate man, the President of the Edmond de Rothschild Group is keen to continue a tradition, which was started by his forefathers in 1876, by enabling famous sailors and young skippers alike to express themselves on these fabulous craft that are multihulls. In this way, over the past ten years, various sailors have defended the colours of this family saga, whilst gleaning a number of the most prestigious sailing titles: Route du Rhum, The Transat, Records (Route de l’Or, Transpacific, as well as the SNSM Trophy…).

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