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Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier, the winning duo to reform

News - 6/25/2015

n a little over a month, Gitana will launch the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild. The second Imoca in the history of the racing stable fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, this new craft will quickly hit the campaign trail.

Indeed, after an express tuning phase in August and September, the most recent in the legendary family saga will use the Transat Jacques Vabre, due to set sail from Le Havre on 25 October 2015, to size up the competition. For this first foray, Sébastien Josse has opted to race with his co-skipper from 2013: Charles Caudrelier. Just back on dry land after the Volvo Ocean Race, where he secured 3rd place overall with his crew on Dongfeng Race Team, the Breton sailor is eager for more of the same and so it is with great delight that he rejoins the Gitana team for the famous double-handed transatlantic race between Le Havre and Itajaí in Brazil!

Charles Caudrelier, co-skipper of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild

You don’t change a winning team!” is the perfect motto for the duo on the future Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild. As was the case in 2013, Sébastien Josse has opted to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Charles Caudrelier; a decision as natural as it is reasoned. After what has been an intense eighteen months for both of them, these two sailors are set to cross tacks once again to their great delight.

The home straight for the build in Vannes

At Multiplast in south-west Brittany, the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild is a hive of activity. Indeed, after over ten months in the yard, the build of the future Gitana has hit the home straight. With a scheduled launch in late July, every day counts in the bid to put the finishing touches to the 18.28m Imoca, which is absolutely teeming in people now on a daily basis. In fact, over the past fortnight, the Multiplast team and the members of Gitana Team have been working on her together. The first section is focusing on the last of the structural work, whilst Sébastien Josse’s men are managing the assembly of all the systems (deck fittings, mechanics and hydraulics…) not to mention the livery of the future craft which, as is always the case with Gitana, has been entrusted to Hubert Corfmat.

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The Edmond de Rothschild duo
The two skippers and friends boast sizeable track records with six Transat Jacques Vabre between them in all, including one joint victory in 2013.

Sébastien Josse, 40
3 participations in the Transat Jacques Vabre

Extracts from his track record:

  • 3rd in the Route du Rhum 2014
  • Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2013
  • Winner of the Route des Princes 2013
  • Winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2003 – 2007 and 2009
  • 4th in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2006-2007
  • Co-holder of the Jules Verne Trophy in 2002
  • 2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro 2001

Charles Caudrelier, 41


4 participations in the Transat Jacques Vabre

Extracts from his track record:

  • 3rd in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-2015
  • Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2009 and 2013
  • Winner of the Route des Princes 2013
  • Winner of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-2012
  • World Orma Champion in 2005
  • Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro in 2004