GITANA IIIGiven name
|Category Steel monohull||Loa 20,34 m|
|Year of launch 1960|
In the 1960s–1980s, Baron Edmond de Rothschild revived a family interest for cruising yachts and took a shine to monohulls. In 1960, he purchased Gitana III, a large steel ketch measuring 20.34 metres in length designed by F. Mulder and N.A Van Malleghem. Not especially adept at sailing close to the wind and slow downwind, Gitana III was really a ‘slow’ cruising boat. Blowing the trumpet for lazy days and a fan of old-fashioned ‘square sails’, Gitana III was certainly the catalyst for the Baron’s passion for sailing. Aboard this boat, Baron Edmond de Rothschild discovered the enjoyment of racing and gained the recognition of other sailors.