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Back in Lorient

On Monday evening, shortly before 18:00 GMT, after over 24 hours among the front runners, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier contacted their shore crew via the intermediary of its Director Cyril Dardashti. The Edmond de Rothschild duo informed him of its decision to turn back and retire from the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015. It was a mutual decision made between one sailor and another that was tough but carefully thought out given a string of technical issues with the rig, which no longer ensured...

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26 October
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Retirement of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild

Having posted a superb start to the race and whilst leading the westerly group at the last ranking, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier have just announced their retirement. It's a terribly tough decision for the two competitors but one dictated by their seamanship and the desire to get the most recent of the Gitana fleet safely back to port. The crew is in good health and has not requested assistance. The Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild has turned back and is making for its home port of Lorient,...

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26 October
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Leading the sprint westwards

Having set sail from Le Havre at 12:30 GMT yesterday, the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet didn't hang about in the English Channel despite a very laboured coastal course to Etretat. With a south-easterly wind building to over 20 knots once they were across the Baie de Seine, the twenty competing Imocas were able to pick up the pace and the most recent additions to the class got a chance to let their foils do the talking. At this particular game, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier have clearly been...

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25 October
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In the right wagon

It was at 12:30 GMT on the dot, in line with the Sailing Instructions, that the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 got underway. The start was given in particularly light conditions that were more reminiscent of summer. Indeed, at kick-off time, the wind barely put in an appearance and the fleet struggled to extract themselves from the clutches of the start zone. In these tricky conditions, the Josse Caudrelier duo put up a stellar performance to ensure that the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild made towards...

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25 October
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Race start and tracking of the Transat Jacques Vabre so you don't miss a thing!

It's at 12:30 GMT this Sunday, offshore of Cap de la Hève that the 12th Transat Jacques Vabre will kick off. However, the Edmond de Rothschild duo and the forty-one other pairings competing in this 2015 edition are already out on the water, off Le Havre, where they will have to sit it out until the starting gun releases them on this famous transatlantic race. As such, we take this opportunity to review how to track the start and the race using a device set up by the organisation and the Gitana Team.

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24 October
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The calm before the storm

For several days, the forty-two duos competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre have been glued to the grib files. With 24 hours until the start which, subject to last minute changes, will set sail tomorrow, Sunday 25 October at 12:30 GMT, the forecasts are becoming more refined and have finally revealed the scenario for the first few days of racing in this 2015 edition. After a gentle introduction and what promises to be an express exit from the English Channel, things are set to get complicated in...

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23 October
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The generation game

On Sunday 25 October at 12:30 GMT, a fleet of some twenty Imoca monohulls will set sail from Le Havre to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre. The 2015 edition of the famous double-handed transatlantic race, bound for Brazil, heralds the first official confrontation for the boats from the new and the old generation, in other words, those equipped with foils against those with classic daggerboards. And with a year to go until the Vendée Globe, suffice to say that this is an eagerly awaited moment....

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22 October
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Sailing double-handed or the art of hitting it off

This Sunday at 12:30GMT, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier will take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre: 5,400 nautical miles, or 10,000km, bound for Itajai in Brazil. Created in 1993, the race is contested every two years and is none other than the reference double-handed offshore event and the longest of the transatlantic races. To stand a chance of scoring a win, the twenty duos competing in the Imoca class will have to be all-rounders: capable of controlling their steed, refining their...

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21 October
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You don't change a winning team!

With just four days until the race start and after the final moments with family, the Edmond de Rothschild duo returned to Le Havre this Wednesday, ready to set sail across the Atlantic and keen to size up the nineteen other pretenders to victory in the Imoca class. Two years ago, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier were already present in the Bassin Paul Vatine. Back then they were one of the crews, which had heralded the return of the big multihulls in this major double-handed event that boasts...

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20 October
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The foil, how does it work?

This is one of the major new features of this 5th generation imoca monohull. Since their arrival on the scene the foils have caused a lot of ink to flow and unleashed great passion. indeed, there are both supporters and opponents of these new appendages, whose very shape is reminiscent of the moustaches of a famous Spanish painter. An unquestionable architectural development, foils are nonetheless a daring challenge for those who have opted to equip their steed with such a device.

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20 October
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The lucky star!

The images of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild filmed in the breezy conditions of late August leave us in no doubt as to the toughness of the latest generation Imocas. Increasingly quick, the machines really put the sailors' bodies to the test. Moving around, manoeuvring when the wind kicks up a notch and the sea builds, everything becomes complicated aboard. Within this context, eating is more of an obligation than a pleasure. However, aboard the monohull fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild,...

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17 October
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In position!

On Friday morning, as set out in the Sailing Instructions, the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild made her entrance into the Bassin Paul Vatine. Her arrival coincided with the start of festivities for the 12th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which marks the final phase of preparation for Gitana Team. Indeed next Sunday the fleet competing in this famous transatlantic race between Le Havre and Itajai will set sail on the 5,400-mile course across the North Atlantic, culminating with a southward descent...

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16 October
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Review of the genesis of the most recent Gitana

Launched on 7 August 2015, the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild will take the start of her first race in ten days' time: the famous Transat Jacques Vabre between Le Havre and Itajai in Brazil. We take the opportunity to look back at the genesis of the second IMOCA in the Gitana saga, a latest generation Verdier creation designed for the next Vendée Globe.

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15 October
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Pit Stop in St Malo before Le Havre

Having set sail from her port of registry in Lorient yesterday to make for Le Havre, the start venue for the Transat Jacques Vabre, the most recent addition to the Gitana fleet was making headway offshore of northern Brittany. At around 12:30am GMT, whilst close-hauled but slightly freed off in around fifteen knots of northerly breeze, the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild suffered boom damage. This technical incident means that Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier are compelled to make a short stopover...

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25 September
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First encounter with the competition

In exactly three weeks time, the fleet of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 must be in Le Havre, the historic start venue for the Coffee Route. And in one month to the day, the forty-two duos competing in the 12th edition of the famous transatlantic race will set sail for Itajai in Brazil. The countdown is very much on then for Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier, who are today participating in the Trophée Azimut. This annual meeting in Lorient, south-west Brittany, which consists of a long coastal...

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14 September
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Qualified!

Launched on 7 August 2005 in Vannes, south-west Brittany, it has taken two months and nine days for the Gitana Team to make the brand new Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild reliable and get a true feel for her prior to her first official competition. Indeed, she will take the start of the 12th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre on 25 October in Le Havre. Suffice to say that with such a tight schedule and a machine as fabulous as she is complicated to fine-tune, every day counts and every sea trial is...

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27 August
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First spectacular tacks

Launched on 7 August in Vannes, after an eleven-month build at the Multiplast yard, le Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild was able to put in her first tacks just ten days later offshore of the team's base in Lorient. However, on Monday of this week, thanks to a boisterous low off the north-west tip of Brittany, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier (his co-skipper for the Transat Jacques Vabre) opted to trial the machine in some blustery conditions. It proved to be a rather bracing sail which photographer...

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24 June
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Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier, the winning duo to reform

In a little over a month, Gitana will launch the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild. The second Imoca in the history of the racing stable fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, this new craft will quickly hit the campaign trail. Indeed, after an express tuning phase in August and September, the most recent in the legendary family saga will use the Transat Jacques Vabre, due to set sail from Le Havre on 25 October 2015, to size up the competition. For this first foray, Sébastien Josse has opted to...

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