Please select your home edition
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions LEADERBOARD

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild: Speed, flight and adrenalin

by Gitana Team 17 Jul 2021 23:53 PDT
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild © Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / Gitana S.A

Four years ago to the day, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the pioneer of a new generation of oceanic maxi-trimarans, was first unveiled and launched into the salty water of the Gulf of Morbihan.

The fruit of some 170,000 man-hours, including over 35,000 hours of study, the 32-metre Verdier design certainly drew the eye with her planing hulls, her well-crafted aerodynamics and appendages intended to sate an irrepressible desire to clear the way for offshore flight.

From the moment she left the yard, the tone was set with Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild's vision plain for all to see! The livery designed by American street artist Cleon Peterson added the "je ne sais quoi" to the remarkable personality of this new craft, the twenty-eighth of the legendary Gitana saga.

Pioneers of flight

To celebrate this anniversary, the five-arrow team were keen to share an exclusive video filmed just a few days ago off Lorient with the help of the kitefoilers from the Lorient Glisse et Foil association. In addition to the very fine images the polaRYSE teams are treating us to as privileged witnesses of this top-flight session, the most striking element of these few minutes testify to the fact that passion, state of mind and willpower are still as strong as ever in the day to day actions of the Gitana Team's members: breaking the codes of the sport, pushing the envelope in terms of flight and relentlessly breaking new ground and striving for excellence in a bid to imagine what tomorrow will bring.

They share the same playing field offshore of Lorient, between the Gâvres peninsula and the Ile de Groix, and above all the same passion for foiling, speed and flight! The encounter between the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and the kitesfoilers from the Lorient Glisse et foil association, of which Maxi crew member Morgan Lagravière is one of the mainstays, was a must.

Foiling contest! Under the instruction of Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild were up for a challenge. On the programme, speed runs and aerial displays by the kitefoilers, who had a crack at tow-in foil surfing at over 30 knots in the wake of the 32-metre giant. Adrenalin and thrills guaranteed!

Related Articles

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild win Finistère Atlantique
Outright victory in six days five hours 28 minutes and 38 seconds Six days 5 hours 28 minutes and 38 seconds later, the men aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild were first across the finish line to take outright victory. Posted on 7 Jul
Finistère Atlantique reaching its conclusion
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild opting for a N'ly option whilst Banque Populaire XI favoured the east Currently battling it out at the latitude of Cape Finisterre, both crews were brought up on a diet of one-design competitions as past Figaro sailors, which means that racing with daggers drawn is very much part of their DNA. Posted on 6 Jul
Game on for the Finistère Atlantique
The 32-metre giants set a course for the Glénan archipelago This Friday 1 July, as the epic cycle tour kicks off in Denmark, the giants of the Ultim class gathered together in one of offshore racing's favourite spots, the bay of Port la Forêt, offshore of Concarneau in Brittany. Posted on 2 Jul
Charles Caudrelier qualifies for the Route du Rhum
Securing his entry ticket for yachting's main event of 2022 With five months to go until the start of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, Charles Caudrelier has secured his entry ticket for yachting's main event of 2022. Posted on 8 Jun
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild relaunched
After a five-month refit ahead of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe Early yesterday morning, the large doors to the Gitana shed were opened to release the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild from her five-month refit. Posted on 11 May
FlyingOffshore - Gitana Team launches its series
The five episodes that make up the first opus are now available to watch Almost a year ago, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild had to turn back at the gateway to the Deep South, the damage to one of the 32m giant's float rudders effectively putting any Jules Verne Trophy dreams on hold. Posted on 27 Jan
The curtain falls on 2021 season for Gitana Team
No Jules Verne Trophy attempt this winter On 23 November, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier took the win in the Ultime category of the Transat Jacques Vabre with real panache, adding yet another victory to the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's list of achievements. Posted on 8 Dec 2021
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild wins TJV
Cammas & Caudrelier cross the finish line between the Trois Ilets and Fort-de-France marina They waited for the sun to shine over Martinique before lining the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild up with Diamond Rock and taking full advantage of their crushing victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Posted on 23 Nov 2021
Transat Jacques Vabre - A 2nd doldrums to finish
Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are still dominating play in the Ultime category Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are still dominating play in the Ultime category, leading the fleet for the 12th consecutive day out of the fourteen that so far make up this 2021 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Posted on 21 Nov 2021
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild on the home straight
The five-arrow giant has set a course for Martinique This Friday morning, shortly before 07:00 UTC, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier rounded the final compulsory course mark on the 7,500-mile Ultime course. Posted on 19 Nov 2021
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERCoast Guard Foundation FOOTER 3