The Gitana Team is an offshore racing stable founded in 2000 by Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild. They are hunting down a new course record in this edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The race celebrates the historic coffee trading routes between France and Brazil. The Team is co-skippered by two offshore racing legends: Charles Caudrelier, who has won the Transat Jacques Vabre twice previously; he has also won the Solitaire du Figaro and the Volvo Ocean Race twice, and Franck Cammas, who won the Solitaire du Figaro at 24 and holds the record for the fastest co-skipper in the Transat Jacques Vabre, previously had the record for the quickest circumnavigation and also won the Volvo Ocean Race.
THE GROUND BREAKING ULTIM
Designed by naval architect Guillaume Verdier and his team in collaboration with the Gitana design office, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is the first maxi trimaran of the new generation of racing yachts - the Ultim - designed to fly offshore and around the world.
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been devised, developed and built with a focus on solo sailing but she is also the ideal platform for major record attempts either with co-skippers or carrying a full crew.
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THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE
The Gitana Team will participate in the Ultims category. The Ultims will race the longest course; 7,500 miles. Their designated waypoint rounding is the Brazilian archipelago - Trindade and Martin Vaz - off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. This new route requires the Gitana Team to cross the light wind zone around the Equator known as the doldrums twice. Estimated race duration is 12-15 days.
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