Gitana celebrates 140 years of passion, marked by team spirit and competition

Gitana Team - 8/31/2016

On 21 September 1876, Baroness Julie de Rothschild inaugurated her auxiliary schooner, La Gitana, on Lake Geneva where she smashed the speed record. This is how she gave rise to the Gitana saga, which celebrates today 140 years of maritime history. The Gitana Team and the Edmond de Rothschild Group invite you to relive 140 years of passion for sailing with the mobile exhibition “Gitana, entering into the legend”.

 Gitana 140 ans
©Thierry Martinez - Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild

It all started in 1876, when Baroness Julie de Rothschild inaugurated her auxiliary schooner, La Gitana, on Lake Geneva where she smashed the speed record. Baron Edmond de Rothschild followed in her wake and developed a passion for monohull boats and ocean racing. Finally, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild transformed this family passion into a school of excellence and high performance with the creation of the Gitana Team in 2000. The steam boats have given way to slender monohulls and trimarans, at the cutting edge of technology, sailed by a team of top professionals.

With this creative and recreational installation, the Gitana Team pays tribute to 140 years of innovation and excellence, of performance and team spirit, of risk management and competition.

Enter into the legend

The exhibition will be held :

In Geneva
From 14 to 25 September in Port Noir, Geneva

At the Sables d'Olonne
From 15 October to 6 November on the Vendée Globe race village in Les Sables d'Olonne

In Paris
From 3 to 11 December at the International Paris Boat Show

This exhibition is free, open to all and in both English and French.
Please, get in touch with your contact within the Edmond de Rothschild Group should you have any specific request.


Museography straddling history and modernity

  • Gallery retracing the history of the Rothschild generations involved in the evolution of the Gitana fleet and incorporating an exclusive tour of the family artefacts.

  • A 1:1 scale model of the cockpit of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild's, the monohull skippered by Sébastien Josse for the Vendée Globe 2016-2017 (start on 6 November)

  • Material staging by the members of Gitana Team of foils and other prototype parts used on the racing stable's current boats.

  • Immersive space enabling the public to sail aboard the latest Gitana boats using virtual reality (360° immersive video)

  • Kids' space

  • Video screenings giving viewers an insight into the offshore competition and racing world

  • Discovery of the mobile application all about the exhibition

>>  More information on the Gitana Team