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Mainsail damage, end of the race for Sebastien Josse and Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild

On Wednesday 4 May, just after midnight and whilst sailing off Cape Finisterre in 25 to 30 knots of north-easterly wind and in relatively manageable seas, Sebastian Josse suffered a violent gybe following a loss of control of the boat tiller. During this manoeuvre, the mainsail, the key sail and veritable boat engine at 160 m, was seriously damaged and rendered unusable. The sailor and the boat are not in danger, however racing competitively is no longer possible and so there is no appeal in racing...

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02 May
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Bye Bye Plymouth!

A low pressure front, synonymous with deteriorating conditions punctuated by a change of wind direction and speed as well as rain, was set to roll across the start zone for the Transat bakerly this Monday. These forecasts played out to perfection on the water with the sky and the sea merging into a very English grey monochrome when, at 14:30 GMT+1 on the dot, the 25 solo sailors set sail for New York. The atmosphere was also pretty lively off the breakwater, which protects Plymouth Sound, with a...

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01 May
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North, South: via which face do you climb the North Atlantic?

It remains a valid question some 24 hours before the start of The Transat bakerly. Indeed, the weather situation appears to be somewhat clearer now, but the latest forecasts, analysed this morning, are complicating matters. The fleet is due to set sail tomorrow, Monday, at 14:30 GMT+1 from the typically English port of Plymouth bound for the skyscrapers of Manhattan. And, when people refer to the course, even in the month of May, the solo sailors tell of violent lows, a poor sea state and icebergs...

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29 April
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The Transat, the history of a giant

Created in 1960 by the RWYC (Royal Western Yacht Club), the mother of solo offshore racing has stood the test of time, changing its name on many occasions but with few alterations to the concept. Traditionally open to multihulls and monohulls, its course sets sail from the south of England, first Portsmouth, now Plymouth, to make for America's eastern seaboard and what was originally Newport, then Boston and today New York.

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28 April
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Gitana 16, 2016 version crafted by Gitana Team

Elegant and sleek, the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild, alias Gitana 16, sports the eagle and the lion on her bow. Emblems of the family coat of arms, these kings of the animal world symbolise long term vision, power and excellence. Such virtues embody this modern, resolutely avant-gardist monohull designed for the Vendée Globe 2016-2017 (race start on 6 November) and developed around skipper Sébastien Josse by Gitana Team's specialists.

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26 April
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The Transat bakerly, an unmissable meeting for Sébastien Josse and Gitana Team

Last Sunday the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild made the port of Plymouth (UK), which will host the start of the famous transatlantic race on Monday 2 May at 13:30 GMT. Now known as The Transat bakerly, the race is also switching destination. Indeed, following on from Newport and Boston, today it's New York, at the foot of Manhattan's skyscrapers, that the race finish will be decided. This will be the third time that Sébastien Josse has lined up for this very demanding course, against the winds and...

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