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Transat Jacques Vabre - A brilliant victory for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Fort-de-France

by Gitana Team 23 Nov 2021 08:06 PST 23 November 2021
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild - Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 © J. Champolion / polaRYSE / Gitana S.A

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.

At 10 hours 16 minutes et 16 seconds locale (14 hours 16 minutes et 16 seconds UTC), Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier crossed the finish line set between the Trois Ilets and Fort-de-France marina. Sailing a masterful race, the skippers of Gitana Team win the star category in the Coffee Route, utterly dominating play in the Ultime fleet to leave their competitors trailing some 100 miles in the wake of the five-arrow flying maxi-trimaran.

A fine demonstration

Leading the way out of Le Havre, on 7 November 2021, the skippers of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild headed the fleet throughout the 16 days 1 hour and 49 minutes of racing, with the exception of the passage across the Bay of Biscay where they relinquished control of the race for a matter of hours. Fully assuming its role as favourite and able to demonstrate the extraordinary potential of the only Verdier design in the fleet, a pioneer of her generation, the Cammas - Caudrelier duo have treated Gitana Team to a second victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre to complement that of 2013. The two sailors now boast seven trophies in all in this event; four for Franck (2001, 2003, 2007 and 2021) and three for Charles (2009, 2013 and 2021).

Since their arrival within the Gitana Team in 2019, the pairing has jointly won every prize going. In this way, this Transat Jacques Vabre confirms the pertinence of Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild's decision to unite these two stellar sailors at the helm of a unique duel skipper model.

The perfect course

In this 15th edition of the Coffee Route, the giants of the Ultime category sailed a course tailored specifically to their needs, namely 7,500 miles, two passages across the equator and a brief sprint along the South Atlantic to the Trindade and Martim Vaz archipelago and back at 20 degrees30 south. The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild actually covered 9262,13 miles at an average speed of 24,1 knots.

Though Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier posted an impressive performance out on water, back on shore they were able to rely on a top-flight routing cell. In Lorient, Erwan Israël and Stan Honey, together with Chris Bedford on the other side of the Atlantic, traced the ideal route for them. The Franco-American duo worked fantastically well for the whole of the race, the two skippers in perfect harmony with their routers and generous in their praise of the options proposed throughout.

Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and all the Gitana team dedicate this victory to Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, who passed away early this year and present it to his wife Ariane de Rothschild and their four daughters. Heir to the Gitana lineage and founder of the Gitana Team 20 years ago, Benjamin de Rothschild was a visionary owner without whom none of this would have been possible.

The numbers that add up to victory:

  • Start on 7 November at 12:27 UTC
  • Finish on 23 November at 14hrs, 16min and 16sec UTC
  • Course time: 16 days, 1hour, 49 minutes, 16 second
  • Number of miles covered: 7500
  • Average speed along the route: 20,41 knots
  • Passages of the equator: 3 (1 on the outward leg, 2 on the return leg after passing São Pedro)
  • Maximum lead recorded over the competition: 443.7 miles over Banque Populaire XI during the climb between Trindade and São Pedro
  • 24-hour record: 803 miles covered at an average speed of 33.5 knots

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