FRA 5050

Sail number

Given name
Category Monohull, aluminium Class I Loa 18,29 m
Year of launch 1971

Better suited to modern races, Gitana V was an aluminium Class I designed by the American naval architect Dick Carter and built at Abeking and Rasmussen in Germany. A very fast monohull downwind, she was handicapped when sailing upwind by an overly flexible mast. In 1971, whilst a member of the French Admiral’s Cup team, the yacht demonstrated her prowess in the Channel Race. The following season, thanks to the modifications made to her rig, which greatly improved her upwind performance, Gitana V secured a very honourable track record in the Mediterranean.