Baron Benjamin de Rothschild’s commitment to the new MOD 70 series confirms the Gitana Team’s desire to continue with its multihull adventure whilst taking up some new challenges along the way: “The MOD 70 is a trimaran and as such it will be a demanding, complex boat to helm. In this way, choosing a sailor who isn’t a major multihull specialist might seem daring, but the one design rule, which governs this new class, will also leave a lot of room for the skipper’s ability to bring in some key players to support him in his efforts. From a technical viewpoint, the races will be fought on equal terms and the human element in all this will be a decisive factor. Sébastien Josse has great experience in this domain having spent a number of years in the Figaro circuit. In the past, he has also demonstrated his qualities as a leader of men, such as during his participation in the Volvo Ocean Race. His profile greatly appeals to us and we’re delighted he’s joining the Gitana Team,” stated Baron Benjamin de Rothschild.
“The multihull is the future”
As he awaits delivery of the Gitana one design, scheduled for the end of October 2011, Sébastien will be able to benefit from sailing the maxi-trimaran Gitana 11, whose platform is very similar to the future MOD 70. This will enable him to find his feet aboard a multihull and start recruiting the men who will accompany him on this new adventure.
Sébastien Josse, express biography
An eclectic sailor, Sébastien Josse began his professional sailing career in 1997 by winning the Challenge Espoir Crédit Agricole. A native of Nice, Sébastien then left the shores which he’d grown up with, those of the Mediterranean, and exchanged them for the Atlantic coast in order to make progress and really learn his trade with the specialists of the Figaro class, whose stronghold is located in Port-la-Forêt, Finistere. Soon the Breton by adoption was emulating the performances of some of the best and ranked 2nd in the prestigious Solitaire du Figaro in 2001. From then on, one thing very quickly led to another. The following year, his talent earned him a ride in the Jules Verne Trophy. A few months later, back in Brest, the record attempt proved conclusive and Sébastien became one of the holders of this famous Trophy. Back on shore just a matter of weeks, the helm of a 60 foot monohull was offered to him, with the grand finale of the programme being a participation in the Vendée Globe 2004-2005. He ended up with a 5th place in this edition, but more important than the result, it was his sturdy character and iron will which were to hold the attention of both the general public and his peers. As was the case at the end of the Jules Verne Trophy, a proposal awaited him on his return. That of skipper of one of the VOR boats for the Swedish team of ABN Amro for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The challenge was a sizeable one as no Frenchman since Eric Tabarly had been offered such a position. True to form, Sébastien put up a creditable performance and went on to lead his crew, made up solely of young sailors, to 4th place in the general ranking. In 2008, the sailor returned to the Vendée Globe with the English racing stable, Offshore Challenges. However the second “Vendée” of his career didn’t result in the same success and, whilst at the front of the fleet, Sébastien was forced to retire after 48 days of racing. In 2011, considered as one of the top French monohull specialists, Sébastien didn’t have to think twice about upsetting his routine to become the skipper of the future 70 foot trimaran Gitana.
His key dates :
1975: Born on 31 March in Nice
Multi One Design Championship 2011-2014
Oceanic race in crewed configuration : July 2012
Tour of Europe in crewed configuration : September 2012 (6 to 8 stages)
Tour of Europe in crewed configuration : June 2013 (6 to 8 stages, objective of eight boats)
Round the World in crewed configuration : October 2013 - April 2014 (5 to 6 stages, 5 oceans, objective of twelve boats)
Oceanic race in crewed configuration : August 2014