Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Sébastien Josse joins Gitana Team

by Kate Jennings on 7 Mar 2011
© Copyright : Gitana S.A. http://www.gitana-team.com/en/
In May 2010, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild announced his commitment to the new MOD 70 class (Multi One Design) by placing an order for the fourth one design of the series. Today, the Gitana Team unveils the name of the sailor who will be entrusted with the helm of this new craft: Sébastien Josse, a talented sailor, soon to be 36, has been selected to take up the gauntlet.

Baron Benjamin de Rothschild’s commitment to the new MOD 70 series confirms the Gitana Team’s desire to continue with its multihull adventure whilst taking up some new challenges along the way: 'The MOD 70 is a trimaran and as such it will be a demanding, complex boat to helm. In this way, choosing a sailor who isn’t a major multihull specialist might seem daring, but the one design rule, which governs this new class, will also leave a lot of room for the skipper’s ability to bring in some key players to support him in his efforts. From a technical viewpoint, the races will be fought on equal terms and the human element in all this will be a decisive factor. Sébastien Josse has great experience in this domain having spent a number of years in the Figaro circuit. In the past, he has also demonstrated his qualities as a leader of men, such as during his participation in the Volvo Ocean Race. His profile greatly appeals to us and we’re delighted he’s joining the Gitana Team,' stated Baron Benjamin de Rothschild.

Enabling young sailors to take form and make progress has always been Gitana Team’s aim. Of course Sébastien Josse already has a solid track record and a vast experience of Ocean Racing, but in terms of multihull sailing, the sailor in question willingly concedes that his arrival within Gitana’s MOD 70 project is a fresh start for him: 'Up till now my professional career has been etched out in the monohull category, even though my CV features a few multihull experiences, especially during the Jules Verne Trophy in 2002 or my position as bowman aboard an Orma trimaran. For the past ten years or so, it’s been one thing after another in quick succession and the opportunity to take the helm of a multihull project had never really come up before. However, I admit that it’s something I’ve wanted to do and an idea I’ve been taken with for a long time. As such I viewed this new MOD 70 class with a great deal of interest, especially as it’s destined for crewed racing aboard one designs, which opens up the playing field for a non specialist like me. This project is a real challenge for me, a fresh start. I’m going to have to work hard against some formidable adversaries such as Michel Desjoyeaux, Stève Ravussin and Roland Jourdain. And that’s exactly why I’m here. The fact that the MOD 70 and its circuit are predominantly designed for crewed configuration reassures me and it will enable me to learn more quickly.' says Sébastien Josse, before going on to thank the boat’s owners at Gitana Team: 'Baron and Baroness Benjamin de Rothschild have demonstrated great trust in handing me the helm of the Gitana stable’s MOD 70. I’m incredibly lucky and highly honoured to be in this position and I’m immensely grateful to them. My first memory of a Gitana dates back to the 90s, a time when I was crewing aboard a Swan for the Nioulargue (now known as Les Voiles de Saint Tropez), and I watched Gitana 6 with admiration. To be part of the Gitana Team is also synonymous with entering the fantastic Gitana saga and that’s no small matter…'

As he awaits delivery of the Gitana one design, scheduled for the end of October 2011, Sébastien will be able to benefit from sailing the maxi-trimaran Gitana 11, whose platform is very similar to the future MOD 70. This will enable him to find his feet aboard a multihull and start recruiting the men who will accompany him on this new adventure.

Sébastien Josse, express biography
An eclectic sailor, Sébastien Josse began his professional sailing career in 1997 by winning the Challenge Espoir Crédit Agricole. A native of Nice, Sébastien then left the shores which he’d grown up with, those of the Mediterranean, and exchanged them for the Atlantic coast in order to make progress and really learn his trade with the specialists of the Figaro class, whose stronghold is located in Port-la-Forêt, Finistere. Soon the Breton by adoption was emulating the performances of some of the best and ranked second in the prestigious Solitaire du Figaro in 2001.

From then on, one thing very quickly led to another. The following year, his talent earned him a ride in the Jules Verne Trophy. A few months later, back in Brest, the record attempt proved conclusive and Sébastien became one of the holders of this famous Trophy. Back on shore just a matter of weeks, the helm of a 60 foot monohull was offered to him, with the grand finale of the programme being a participation in the Vendée Globe 2004-2005. He ended up with a fifth place in this edition, but more important than the result, it was his sturdy character and iron will which were to hold the attention of both the general public and his peers. As was the case at the end of the Jules Verne Trophy, a proposal awaited him on his return. That of skipper of one of the VOR boats for the Swedish team of ABN Amro for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The challenge was a sizeable one as no Frenchman since Eric Tabarly had been offered such a position. True to form, Sébastien put up a creditable performance and went on to lead his crew, made up solely of young sailors, to fourth place in the general ranking. In 2008, the sailor returned to the Vendée Globe with the English racing stable, Offshore Challenges. However the second 'Vendée' of his career didn’t result in the same success and, whilst at the front of the fleet, Sébastien was forced to retire after 48 days of racing. In 2011, considered as one of the top French monohull specialists, Sébastien didn’t have to think twice about upsetting his routine to become the skipper of the future 70 foot trimaran Gitana.

His key dates:
2009: Winner of the double-handed Transmanche and the Round the Island aboard the monohull BT
2007: Winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race
2006: fourth in the Volvo Ocean Race aboard ABN Amro II, with the 24 hour distance record for a monohull
2005: fifth in the Vendée Globe aboard VMI
2002: Co-holder of the Jules Verne Trophy aboard the Maxi-Catamaran Orange
2001: second in the Solitaire du Figaro
1997: Winner of the Challenge Espoir Crédit Agricole
1975: Born on 31 March in Nice

Multi One Design Championship 2011-2014

Oceanic race in crewed configuration July 2012
Tour of Europe in crewed configuration September 2012
(6 to 8 stages)
Tour of Europe in crewed configuration June 2013
(6 to 8 stages, objective of eight boats)
Round the World in crewed configuration October 2013 - April 2014
(5 to 6 stages, 5 oceans, objective of twelve boats)
Oceanic race in crewed configuration August 2014

Gitana Team www.gitana-team.com
T Clewring CruisingBarz Optics - Melanin LensesZhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 - Day 1 Video
Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head on an inshore race course. The two boats shadowed each other in the pre-race manoeuvres prior to the start of a race to Lindeman Island and back, starting in Dent Passage. Both boats made a fine spectacle as they reached to the northern tip of Dent Island before heading upwind
Posted on 21 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 U.S. National Championship - Argo advance
The Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course 2016 U.S. National Championship - As the breeze remained in the ESE direction overnight and began bucking an outgoing tide in the morning hours, the Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course, rewarding those teams that started clean and minimized maneuvers.
Posted on 21 Aug