22 février 2021, 16h00
Haul out and spring refit for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Having returned to Lorient a fortnight ago, after her Jules Verne Trophy attempt was cut short due to the breakage of a float rudder, it’s now time for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to go into refit. As a result, the week is kicking off with the platform being hauled out and transferred to Gitana Team’s technical base, just a stone’s throw from the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly. In this way, the 32-metre giant will join her appendages and mast, which the team has already been working on for several days. The rhythm of the competitive seasons usually translates as a winter refit or a winter break but this year, the Jules Verne Trophy schedule means that Gitana Team will be undertaking a spring refit! It should last a little over three months and will largely be devoted to a complete overhaul of the Maxi, along with a repair of the appendages and the implementation of a series of optimisation processes made possible thanks to the experience gained during the round the world attempts and the accompanying 40 days spent out on the water in race format.
31 janvier 2021
Flight in the moonlight
Yesterday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, on a delivery trip back to her port of registry in Lorient since the end of her Jules Verne Trophy attempt, made her return to the northern hemisphere. Yann Riou made the most of the opportunity for one of the fabulous drone flights he has such a knack for.
26 janvier 2021, 12h00
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild homeward bound
At the end of last week, just a matter of hours was all it took for the Gitana Team to go from the satisfaction of a record time for its descent of the Atlantic aboard its flying maxi-trimaran to the great disappointment of discovering damage on its rudder, which definitively put an end to its Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. Since then, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has turned back and has spared no effort in what have been tricky weather conditions to reach more hospitable latitudes to the north. Up against a number of logistical constraints, directly linked to the health restrictions in force as a result of the global pandemic, the six sailors, in agreement with Cyril Dardashti and their router, Marcel van Triest, have decided to return to their home port via the sea and under their own steam, which means without stopping off to effect repairs in Cape Town, South Africa, as was initially envisaged.
22 janvier 2021
The first accounts from on-board at the end of the Jules Verne Trophy attempt
It is with a great deal of disappointment and inevitably a few regrets that this circumnavigation of the globe draws to a close for the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.
22 janvier 2021, 15h00
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild abandons her Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
Sailing in the Indian Ocean since yesterday afternoon and their passage of the longitude of Cape Agulhas, the men of Gitana Team were positioned at 48°28 south at 11:00 UTC with a lead of over 860 miles over the record when they informed their shore team of damage to the giant’s float rudder to starboard. After a thorough inspection carried out by David Boileau, the boat captain, the verdict is in. The appendage’s stock is seriously damaged, which means the rudder can no longer be used on this tack. With the six sailors unable to effect repairs in the open ocean as the part would need to be entirely replaced, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been forced to interrupt its Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. Indeed, it is inconceivable for Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew to take on the Southern Ocean with a boat that is no longer performing at her full potential. It’s a massive disappointment, as much in the roaring forties as in Lorient, at the heart of the technical base, but the most important thing right now is that the crew is able to head into more hospitable latitudes.
21 janvier 2021
Best time ever recorded to the tip of South Africa, by way of a tribute to Benjamin de Rothschild
By leaving the longitude of Cape Agulhas in her wake this Thursday 21 January at 15h37’53’’ UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has officially entered the Indian Ocean...
21 janvier 2021, 16h00
Best time ever recorded to the tip of South Africa, by way of a tribute to Benjamin de Rothschild
By leaving the longitude of Cape Agulhas in her wake this Thursday 21 January at 15h37’53’’ UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has officially entered the Indian Ocean. After 11 days 14 hours and 3 minutes at sea, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew are attacking the Southern Ocean with a lead of more than 1 day 7 hours and 19 minutes over Francis Joyon and the men on Idec Sport. In so doing, they have become the fastest sailors in history on this descent of the Atlantic; a fantastic time which they naturally dedicate to Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, whose passing was announced just a few days ago.
15 janvier 2021
A bruiser of a doldrums
The crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the equator this Friday 15 January at 14h48'32'' UTC, after 5 days 13 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds at sea.
15 janvier 2021, 17h12
Navigating the southern hemisphere
After setting sail from Ushant on Sunday 10 January at 01:33 UTC on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the equator this Friday 15 January at 14h48'32'' UTC, after 5 days 13 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. Though this first passage time is a far cry from the outright record for this section, which has been held since 2019 by Spindrift Racing in a time of 4 days 19 hours 57 minutes, it has nevertheless enabled the sailors of Gitana Team to make the switch into the southern hemisphere with a lead of nearly six hours over the time set by Idec Sport.
12 janvier 2021
The first drone images at sunset in Madeira
The first drone images are in! A two-minute flight over the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild thanks to our expert pilot, Yann Riou!
11 janvier 2021
Wet atmosphere with big seas and heavy two-way traffic amidst the cargo ships
A recap in images of the first two days of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s Jules Verne Trophy record attempt.
10 janvier 2021
Jules Verne Trophy, round 2
It would seem that moonlit departures are all the rage for the sailors on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Under the cover of darkness, at 01 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds UTC, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew once again set the stopwatch in motion for this planetary adventure...
10 janvier 2021, 05h34
Jules Verne Trophy, 2nd Round
With clockwork precision, it was at 01 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds UTC that the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild set sail this Sunday 10 January on a fresh attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy record. In a NE’ly wind of around twenty knots on manageable seas, the six sailors left the island of Ushant abeam of them and bid a final farewell to Le Créac’h, the iconic lighthouse synonymous with this passage across the line. Having left their base in Lorient a few hours beforehand, just before sunset, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, Morgan Lagravière, David Boileau, Yann Riou and Erwan Israël had to wait a few hours offshore to absolutely nail their departure slot. It was a timing of pinpoint precision skilfully calculated with their onshore weather router Marcel van Triest, the boat’s genuine 7th man, because in a record like the Jules Verne Trophy, every minute counts! Indeed, it must be said that with their reference time of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes, Francis Joyon and the crew of Idec Sport set the bar very high. To beat the record and become the 10th crew to etch its name on this monument to offshore racing, the men on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild should be back offshore of the north-west tip of Brittany prior to 20 February at 01 hours 3 minutes and 15 seconds UTC. In the meantime, the crew has nearly 22,000 nautical miles to cover and a high-speed planetary adventure awaits.
09 janvier 2021
An amazing slot for this new departure around the world
It proved to be a thrilling day dockside in Lorient for the Gitana Team. After a long week waiting for the right weather and overcoming doubts, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild finally switched to code green...
09 janvier 2021, 17h17
Take-off imminent for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the Jules Verne Trophy
The pontoons of Lorient La Base were positively buzzing this afternoon. After a final scan of the weather charts and models, the Gitana Team took the decision this morning to switch to code green and set sail once more on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy. Despite the wintry weather, there was a generous Breton sunshine this Saturday 9 January and the emotion was palpable, as reflected in the eyes of the six sailors just hours before they launch off on this attempt to secure the legendary round the world record under sail. The crowds were out in force to give them the send-off they deserve. After two months on standby, punctuated by a first attempt which was cut short after the boat collided with a UFO and several potential weather windows that ultimately didn’t play out as the team would have liked, it’s all system go now for the two skippers, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, and their four crew. Indeed, everyone is raring to go and fully committed to an express circumnavigation of the globe aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the first giant designed for open ocean flight. The challenge is an extraordinary one, because the bar has been set very high thanks to a reference time to beat of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes, which has been held since January 2017 by Francis Joyon and his crew on Idec Sport. It is between 23:00 UTC tonight and 03:00 UTC tomorrow that the men of Gitana Team are set to cross the start line, offshore of Ushant, and set in motion the stopwatch for their sprint around the world.
08 janvier 2021, 14h50
A window named desire!
To take on the Jules Verne Trophy, you obviously need an excellent boat, an equally exceptional crew to drive her at her true potential, as well as a certain composure and nerves of steel to endure the wait for the right weather window. Since Monday, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been on the alert, ready to climb aboard and cast off on a 40-day sea passage the moment the Gitana Team’s router, Marcel van Triest, gives the green light. In this way, the lives of the six sailors and all the team have been coloured by the rhythm of the weather analysis and their twice-daily updates. Now, after a five-day wait, the planets seem to be in alignment and everything is coming together for the crew to leave the dock in Lorient tomorrow afternoon. At that point, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier, David Boileau, Morgan Lagravière, Erwan Israël and Yann Riou will make for the north-west tip of Brittany with a view to crossing the line offshore of Ushant some time on Saturday 9 through into Sunday 10 January.
07 janvier 2021, 16h19
Patience and concentration
For several days, the succession of grib files which Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have been studying with the router and 7th man, Marcel van Triest, have been in agreement that it will soon be time for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to cast off and set sail. This Thursday, all the lights are taking on a strong yellow hue as they prepare to switch to green. All the members of the five-arrow racing stable have been on the alert for the past few days so as not to let slide this fine opportunity taking shape ahead of the offshore charger’s bows. This Saturday 9 January 2021, the six sailors on this trimaran designed for oceanic flight could well make for the start zone off the island of Ushant with a view to setting sail on this outright round the world record attempt.
06 janvier 2021
Lining up for a fresh departure
After over two months on standby and an initial attempt interrupted as a result of technical issues in late November, the sailors aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild make no secret of how keen they are to pull on their boots and foulies and set about securing the Jules Verne Trophy. Their wishes could well be granted and their patience rewarded by the end of the week.
06 janvier 2021, 18h48
Lining up for a fresh departure
Things are taking shape… at last! After over two months on standby and an initial attempt interrupted as a result of technical issues in late November, the sailors aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild make no secret of how keen they are to pull on their boots and foulies and set about securing the Jules Verne Trophy.
05 janvier 2021, 16h34
Code yellow, the window appears to be taking shape
The weather scenario is becoming clearer now for the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, who are keener than ever to make the switch to code green and cast off for the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy offshore of the north-west tip of Brittany. As such, the latest update on the grib forecast files this Tuesday evening is eagerly awaited. Indeed, upon receipt of the latter, the weather cell for the five-arrow racing stable will refine their analysis in a bid to pinpoint the right moment for the 32-metre giant to leave Lorient and set a course for Ushant. Two major trends are currently being weighed up: a departure in the early hours of tomorrow, Wednesday 6 January or some 48 hours later to round off this first week of 2021 in style.
03 janvier 2021, 09h54
2021 set to get off to a most auspicious start?
With a plan to set sail on the Jules Verne Trophy being studied for the the coming week, Gitana Team is switching to code orange this Sunday. This chromatic change heralds a potential departure within the next 48 to 72 hours. Today, conditions in the North Atlantic appear to be coming together, but it remains to be seen whether its counterpart weather system in the southern hemisphere will also decide to play ball. The coming days will be crucial in this decision. In the meantime, the six sailors on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are ready to go and make no secret of their eagerness to finally get going on their mission to reduce the reference time set in 2017 by Francis Joyon and his men.
17 décembre 2020, 14h43
Franck Cammas elected Sailor of the Decade
As is the case every year, the Fédération Française de Voile (French Sailing Federation) rewards its champions. However, with 2020 being such a special year, it has had to adapt and come up with an election that differs from the norm somewhat. In this way, on Thursday 17 December, a jury of experts gathered together virtually to designate the French sailor deemed to be the best of his or her generation from 2010 through to 2020. And it is Franck Cammas who has been elected Sailor of the Decade, a rather prestigious award to add to his incredible list of achievements. However, in addition to the numerous victories racked up by the sailor originally from Aix-en-Provence, but expatriated to Brittany midway through the nineties, it is his multidisciplinary career ranging from offshore racing to Olympic sailing, not to mention the America’s Cup, which the jury chaired by Michel Desjoyeaux were keen to recognise through this title.
03 décembre 2020, 16h19
In repair prior to another attempt
Last Friday, after three days at sea on their first round the world record attempt, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild opted to turn back after damage resulting from impact with a UFO. Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew managed to make it back to their port of registry in Lorient yesterday evening. A few hours later, the shore team had already set to work dismantling and repairing the damaged appendages in order to enable the sailors of Gitana Team to set sail again in as short a timeframe as possible, as soon as a favourable weather window opens up. Indeed, there is no time to lose as the five-arrow racing stable’s objective remains very much intact: to set sail this winter to have a stab at securing the Jules Verne Trophy.
28 novembre 2020
Jules Verne Trophy attempt interrupted
Franck Cammas gives us the reasons of this interruption of the record attempt.
27 novembre 2020, 16h49
Gitana Team’s Maxi-soundbites from the ocean, Season 1 - Episode #1
Batten down the hatches, pin back your ears, and above all buckle up before you allow yourself to be carried away by the force of the ocean, the howling wind and the power of the elements aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Tuned into the noise, Yann Riou, the on-board media man, aims the mike at the partners joining him in this extreme sailing synonymous with the Jules Verne Trophy. It’s a wonderful invitation to an audio journey sharing the extraordinary daily life of these six crewmen engaged in the quest for the speed record around the seas of the globe.