Review of the genesis of the most recent Gitana

Gitana Team - 16/10/2015

Launched on 7 August 2015, the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild will take the start of her first race in ten days' time: the famous Transat Jacques Vabre between Le Havre and Itajai in Brazil. We take the opportunity to look back at the genesis of the second IMOCA in the Gitana saga, a latest generation Verdier creation designed for the next Vendée Globe.

​Boasting a planing hull beneath the waterline equipped with a ver high volume bow to enhance the boat's speed performance, a so-called tumblehome hull shape (meaning that the beam at the sheer is less than the maximum beam of the hull) to limit the beam of the deck and thus make her lightweight, reduction of the freeboard, which further accentuates the sense of the boat's beaminess, a flat deck and wide open, lowered cockpit, not to mention the foils... The Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild has no storage of assets in her favour.

"This monohull was created and built for the Vendée Globe because even though we're competing in the races that make up the Imoca race schedule in 2015 and 2016, the round the world race is our primary objective. The entire philosophy of the project is based on this premise. A lightweight boat is an obsession for all offshore racing teams as it is synonymous with efficiency and hence performance. However, from the outset of this project and given the nature of the major race we're targeting, reliability has been our priority and formed the opening gambit in our specifications. My last experience in the Vendée Globe (his 2nd participation) resulted in a retirement following technical damage, so I know full well that in order to win a race, first you have to finish it! Added to that, the Multi70 experience has been very useful as it has enabled us to ‘shake up' a few prejudices. Even if on paper a slightly more solid and hence slightly heavier boat should be slower, in reality the trust we have in such a boat enables us to push her hard with complete confidence." Sebastien Josse - Skipper

Eleven month's construction

+100 people involved in the project
10,000 hours of studies (naval architects & Gitana's design office)
150 plans exchanged
30,00 hours of construction

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