sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 2014 season promises to be thrilling for Gitana Team
2014 season promises to be thrilling for Gitana Team


'Groupe Edmond De Rothschild, Skipper, Sebastien Josse'    Artemis Challenge

Last year proved to be a successful one for the Gitana Team: victory in the ArMen Race in May, a win in the Route des Princes in June, not to mention of course the stunning performance by the Josse– Caudrelier pairing in securing victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre in Itajaí last November. Having joined the stable equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild in March 2011, Sébastien Josse, recognised back then as a great monohull specialist, quickly got his bearings and made a name for himself among the top multihull skippers.

In less than three years, by dint of hard work and the backing of a high quality shore team, the skipper has further enriched the incredible Gitana saga. The 2014 season promises to be equally thrilling with the major Route du Rhum meeting, whose fleet will set sail from Saint Malo on 2 November. Above all though it marks the start of a five-year campaign packed with surprises, which kicks off with the arrival of a new craft within the Gitana Team and Sébastien Josse’s big comeback to an event that is particularly dear to him.

There is quite a history between the Gitana Team and the Route du Rhum, especially since Lionel Lemonchois’ victory at the helm of Gitana 11 in 2006. Indeed, the racing stable’s five arrows are a familiar sight in this event and it holds the event record of seven days 17 hours 19 minutes and six seconds to this day.

At 38 years of age, Sébastien Josse boasts an eclectic CV: Solitaire du Figaro, Vendée Globe, transatlantic races and Volvo Ocean Race… Indeed, he may have started out late in competitive sailing, but this native of Nice certainly hasn’t been dawdling. And yet, his participation in the Route du Rhum 2014 will be pretty much a first… He is a rookie to the event as well as the exercise of making for Pointe-à-Pitre singlehanded in a multihull over a 3,500-mile course. If we add to that the line-up of maxi-trimarans that Sébastien and his 21-metre steed will have to face up to, it is a daring challenge! In fact, the vital statistics of his rivals in the Ultimate class are impressive: 31 metres for Banque Populaire VII, 34 metres for the new Sodeb’O and 30 metres for Francis Joyon’s Idec… not to mention the 40-metre Spindrift 2, which hasn’t confirmed its participation as yet.

'The experience in itself appeals to me and it may well prove instructive for the next stage of the programme. Not everyone can cross the Atlantic singlehanded at the helm of a boat like Edmond de Rothschild and pulling it off would be great satisfaction in itself. That said, we perfectly understand the polars of our boat and those of our rivals and we are well aware that we won’t be able to compete with the large craft in all the different conditions. As such, on paper, we won’t be setting out with the winning horse, but as is always the case in this mechanical sport, the weather conditions we encounter will be the decisive factor. The history of the Route du Rhum has shown that it can have a few surprises up its sleeve… I’ll be setting sail in a relaxed manner free of pressure' admitted Sébastien Josse.

It’s at the helm of the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild, alias Gitana XV, that the skipper has chosen to set off from Saint Malo this coming autumn. For this, the trimaran will undergo a quick refit, which will begin in Lorient in the next few days: 'We’ll mainly be working on the ergonomics so as to adapt the Multi70’s deck layout to solo sailing: increased protection at the helming station and the pit, installation of a outside watch station to minimise the time spent down below… The work carried out on the automatic pilot will also be essential if I’m to stand a chance of driving the boat at her full potential. The rest of the work will be done on the water, with a series of sea trials and training sessions, shorthanded and then singlehanded,' explained the sailor.

For the past fourteen years, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has been writing the story of the Gitana fleet on two or three hulls. However, given the current climate, notably the situation with the MOD70 class, the offshore racing stable and its members are being forced to view the future somewhat differently. For this reason, the Gitana Team, with the support of Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild and the Edmond de Rothschild Group, has opted to launch into the Vendée Globe adventure once again in what is a sporting but also a human decision as Cyril Dardashti, Managing Director of the Gitana Team, explains: 'Some will see our Vendée Globe choice as a change of direction, but more accurately it’s a necessary transition. Today, the MOD70 isn’t offering a perennial circuit – no race is scheduled before 2016 – and to our mind the recent announcements by the Ultim Association still lack guarantees, both in terms of the structure that this ‘class’ will offer and the events that might be organised for these giants. However, this latter project is of interest to us and we will be keeping a close eye on how it develops. Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild have always been keen to inscribe the Gitana Team and more widely the history of sailing and their family in the future. The human element is also at the very core of their involvement. The Gitana Team is about a sailor of course, but it’s also about a team working in the background to enable this man to set sail with every chance of success. Preparing a prototype yacht for an adventure like the Vendée Globe is a fine challenge for our team and everyone is passionate about it. This event is an extraordinary competition!'

The page of this new project is still blank: should a new boat be built or do you optimise an existing one? Though the option of a brand new monohull is ultimately preferable, who should build it and where? What improvements can be made to a boat from the current generation? All these questions are currently being studied by Sébastien Josse and the team as a whole. The Gitana Team fully intends to invest for success and give itself every chance of providing Sébastien Josse with a boat that matches up to his talent. In this way, whilst preparing for the major meeting of the 2014 season – the Route du Rhum – Baron Benjamin de Rothschild’s team will be working on the stable’s future IMOCA monohull from this year onwards. Such a schedule should enable Sébastien Josse to join the IMOCA circuit in 2015 so as to take part in the class’ race schedule that culminates with the Vendée Globe 2016.

This will be the second Vendée Globe experience for the Gitana Team, but this new project will be the sailor’s third participation in this Everest of the Seas. Indeed Sébastien Josse competed in the 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 editions of the famous round the world race without stopovers and without assistance and has never made any secret of his desire to return to the event at the head of a winning project. 'My history with the Vendée Globe began some 12 years ago, in 2002, when I was entrusted with the helm of my first Imoca project. That Vendée proved to be a journey of discovery. I set out on an old boat, which couldn’t really pretend to victory. However, those three months of sailing and my fifth place taught me a great many other things. The race helped me to my feet… In 2008, the year of my second participation, I returned at the helm of a latest generation monohull. Unfortunately my race was cut short offshore of New Zealand due to structural damage. That retirement has been a great frustration to me and until today it has left me with the sense that my history with the Vendée Globe was unfinished. I’m very happy with the Gitana Team’s choices and I’m all too aware of the incredible opportunity Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild are giving me by enabling us to get involved in such an adventure. The Vendée Globe is a piece of life for a sailor and it extends well beyond a mere race.'

All the Gitana Team would like to take this opportunity to pass on its very best wishes for 2014.

Gitana Team website


by Kate Jennings

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=118739

5:13 PM Mon 27 Jan 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

After the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, Sail-World.com's NZ editor, Richard Gladwell caught up with Ryan Houston from Team Alvimedica. He talks about wanting to sail on a Kiwi boat in the next race - how this race compares with the others in which he has sailed - how small gains seem to be paying well - the vexed issue of AIS on tactics, and more ... [more]  

After the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, Sail-World.com's NZ editor, Richard Gladwell caught up with Dave Swete from Team Alvimedica. A product of the RNZYS Youth Program, Swete is on his second Volvo Ocean Race. He touches on the differences between the two programs, the impact that AIS is having on the racing and plenty more ... [more]  

Sail-World.com's New Zealand Editor caught up with Race Director, Jack Lloyd on the floor of the sail-loft in the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard. In this 15 minute interview, Lloyd gives his view of the progress made as a result of adopting the Volvo 65 One Design - with all boats having finished every leg (with one exception - Vestas Wind). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Image gallery - Tour of the Boatyard by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
Yesterday Volvo Ocean Race threw open the barriers and let the media have an inside view of the Boatyard at the Viaduct Events Centre The area is open to the public (stay behind the safety barriers) where you can see the boats on the hard, and look inside the Events Centre which has been converted into a massive sail and rigging loft. ... [more]  

Artemis Racing took their development AC45 out on San Francisco Bay, yesterday. Videographer, John Navas was there to catch all the action on high resolution video. ... [more]  

2015 RC44 Championship Tour - With less than a month to go, eleven teams are eagerly anticipating the season-opener set to take place in Malta's renowned capital of Valletta, the historic 'City of Knights', from 25-29 March. ... [more]  

The 2015 US Grand Slam Series will take place within the month of August, beginning a couple weeks earlier and in a different order than previous editions. The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Bayview Yacht Club, Chicago Match Race Center, and Oakcliff Sailing organizers are pleased to announce that Requests for Invitation are being accepted now and all venues anticipate high demand. ... [more]  

A beautiful sunny Miami welcomed Star sailors to the first day of the 88th Bacardi Cup. One race is scheduled for each day of the 6-day event as part of the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank. With winds around 10 knots from the East, the racing area was set about 1 ¾ miles south of Dinner Key Channel. The course is set at 95 degrees with two-mile legs, which will test sailors ... [more]  

It’s been a month since the International Paralympic Committee publicized its decision to drop sailing from the slate of sports at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Since then ISAF has stepped up to lead the appeal for reinstatement. At US Sailing, we believe ISAF leadership is critical to our chances of overturning this decision, and we are pleased to see President Carlo Croce take this on himself ... [more]  

Top international photographer, Chris Cameron is working out of the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. ... [more]  

The first WWA Pro Card Qualifier presented by Malibu boats is set for March 22, 2015, hosted once again by Freedom Wake Park in Orlando, Florida. The WWA Pro Card events have been created to separate the top riders in the world and recognize them as elite. ... [more]  

NZ Rigging Supplied the Mast and Rigging package for Adrian Walters new Shaw 11 mtr 'Little Nico'. The mast is a High Modulus mast with internal locks on all halyards, internal mast jack, one piece Nomex cored box section boom, and composite rigging.cored box section boom, and composite rigging. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - As Cheminées Poujoulat climbed north out of the latitudes of the Roaring 40s and into a regime change on the east side of the South Atlantic high pressure system, leaders Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are into relatively stable, quick downwind conditions which will allow them to make good miles north, ultimately to connect with the trade winds. ... [more]  

2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships September 20 to 25 at Pensacola Yacht Club. ... [more]  

Hobie Mid-Winter East - Ocean Springs Yacht Club April 10-12 2015. The regatta is open to all Hobie Cat classes ... [more]  

Choosing the northern route turned out to be a brilliant tactical decision. But not all decisions went so well. Because of one wrong gybe and changed weather patterns, Team Brunel lost its lead in less than a day. With only the Volvo Ocean Race tracker as a guide, it’s difficult for fans to understand how the Dutch team lost more than 80 nautical miles. Skipper Bouwe Bekking looks explains ... [more]  

RORC Caribbean 600 – Arguably the best fleet of offshore racing yachts that has ever gathered in the Caribbean, took part in the seventh edition of the event. 66 yachts started the 600 mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, with numerous world champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors taking part with passionate Corinthian amateurs, many of whom are members of the Royal Ocean Racing Cl ... [more]  

This summer’s ‘must have’ tickets for The America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth (ACWSUK) are officially available from Monday 2nd March. Fans and spectators are encouraged to book their place now to avoid disappointment with event organisers already receiving a large number of ticket and hospitality enquires. ... [more]  

SCYA's E.E. Manning Regatta 2015 – They had never sailed together until six months earlier when they stepped onto a boat that neither had ever sailed, but skipper Joseph Hou, 15, and crew Skylar Jacobsen, 14, squeezed out a remarkable victory Sunday in the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association's Shadden Series ... [more]  

Shawn Bennett of Tiburon, Calif. won the Long Beach Stop of the 2015 California Dreamin’ Series Sunday in this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade three match racing regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s. ... [more]  

Sitting here in Antigua airport waiting for my flight back to London, life is good having just blasted across the Atlantic in just under nine and a half days on board the new Phaedo3 MOD 70, one of the fastest sailing boats 'in the world'... ... [more]  

In November of 1994 Yachting Magazine consultant Gary Jobson asked Peter Craig, 'how hard can it be? Just raise some flags and blow off some guns.' And so began Craig's involvement in what was then a 112 boat - single division regatta that would soon evolve into an iconic annual international keelboat event. Yachting Magazine founded Key West Race Week in 1987. ... [more]  

Serious Fun! That's what participants, sponsors and onlookers are expected to have during the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which will be held in St. Maarten during March 05 - 08, 2015. The Regatta is considered to be the biggest in the Caribbean and offers a great combination of challenging races and fantastic gatherings under the banner of 'Serious Fun'! ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race – After the limits of the southern oceans imposed by the combination of the weather systems and the safety barrier of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone, the Atlantic is opening up for the top trio. ... [more]  

Images from Auckland of the media conference on Sunday and prizegivings for Leg 4 ... [more]  

At the media conference held the morning after the finish of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mapfre skipper Xabi Fernandez announced that regular skipper Iker Martinez will be back on board for the next leg and most of the remainder of the race. Fernandez had taken over the role, skippering Mapfre to a 4th place on Leg 3 and a win on Leg 4. ... [more]  

Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank will kick off with 173 boats traveling to Coconut Grove to compete in the 88th Bacardi Cup ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 finishes at night after a tense day *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
The finish was more like that of a short 100nm race around the Hauraki Gulf. Instead, the first three boats to cross the finish line at the end of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race arrived mid-evening. ... [more]  

Farr 40 International Circuit - Alex Roepers doesn't like to dwell in the past. However, when prompted, the New York businessman will talk about the magical run he and the crew aboard Plenty enjoyed during the 2014 Farr 40 International Circuit. To the contrary, the thrill of victory only made Roepers and the Plenty team hungry for more. ... [more]  

Coast Guard crews continue the search Monday for Richard Byhre, the 76-year-old sailor who did not return from his sailing trip as expected. ... [more]  

The International Sonar Class is pleased to announce that Shumway Marine, with the cooperation of designer Bruce Kirby has made arrangements to have the Sonar built by Rondar Race Boats in the U.K., with plans eventually to have the boat built on both sides of the ocean. The American Rondar facility is in Peabody, MA. Rondar, expects to launch its first Sonar in April. ... [more]  

Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. ... [more]  

This year's 35th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is nothing less than an island-wide effort. Besides the sponsors, countless volunteers and the numerous local organizations that offer their excellent services, the Regatta Organizers would like to say special thanks to the hotels which are so generous to donate complimentary hotel rooms for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Images ashore after Leg 4
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 4
Volvo Ocean Race-Brasileiro ajuda barco espanhol a vencer quarta etapa
RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - a British tradition
Eight minutes between Podium players as Spanish win VOR leg 4
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 - fleet arrives in Auckland and the winner is
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 - the fleet approaches Auckland
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 10 miles to Auckland finish
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Third time lucky for happy Hap
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Finish - Auckland - Live Video and Updates
Barcelona World Race - Neutrogena crosses Cape Horn with 40 knots wind
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Natty Rico will close the final night
Barcelona World Race - At Cape Horn memories are made. and recalled
Big winds for SCYA Manning Regatta at ABY Club
Hutchinson and Roble honored at US Sailing’s Rolex Awards ceremony
Finn World Masters Championships 2015 - Pre registration open
Registration for the 2015 Finn European Championship is live!
RORC Caribbean 600, day 4 – Classic Focus and Four Figaro II teams
Hutchinson, Roble honored in New York as Best of 2014
Barcelona World Race - Pedestrian Pacific, Atlantic highway to home
America's Cup: Artemis Racing lines up against Oracle Team USA - Video   
High Performance Yacht Design conference during Volvo OR stopover   
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – No sleep until Auckland   
Etchells NA Midwinter East Series - Schoonmaker Cup preview   
RORC Caribbean 600 day 4 – Close competition – 43 yachts still racing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature   
AC45 Turbo Training - Oracle Team USA images by pressure-drop + Video   
America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race – The race tightens as New Zealand looms   
AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style!   
Barcelona World Race - Two different worlds separated by Cape Horn   
America's Cup: Barker offered non-sailing role by Emirates team NZ   
2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us   
CYC Midwinters Racing – Bring On The Breeze! – Overall   
Laser World Championship – Over 2000 sailors to race in Kingston   
Volvo Ocean Race: Barkow and Lush - from the Olympics to the Volvo *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Its anyone's race - Leg 4 to Auckland   
Barcelona World Race - A time for extra care and caution   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT