Gitana Team calls at Nieuwpoort, Belgium

News - 6/6/2017

The GC32, a 32-foot flying catamaran, joined the 5-arrow racing stable at the start of 2015. It will be in Belgium from 7 to 14 June 2017.

A first in Belgium! One of the flagships of Edmond de Rothschild’s Gitana Team, the GC32 will dock from 7 to 14 June in Nieuwpoort, a historic town and Belgium’s sailing capital.

This exceptional presence in the North Sea will give our team the chance to demonstrate that a love of water sports and the quest for performance have always been at the heart of our Group, inspiring its financial and non-financial activities alike.

Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Designed by architect Martin Fischer, the 32-foot flying catamaran was also presented (for the second time in 2016) at Voiles de Saint-Tropez. For the last 4 years, the Edmond de Rothschild group has been the official partner of this unique gathering of sailboats of all categories.

Part of the Gitana team since early 2015, GC32 (maiden name: Gitana Fly One) also functions as a test platform for the in-house engineering department and as a training vehicle for the sailing team. Aboard, the crew develop a new approach to modern sailing and strengthen their team spirit, since this demanding craft requires perfect team synchronisation for airborne maneuvering.

Gitana, entering into the legend

The Nieuwpoort visit will also allow spectators to discover part of the travelling exhibition “Gitana, entering into the legend”. It is a perfect way to dive into the universe of the Rothschilds and the 5-arrow racing team through five generations and 140 years of sailing, from 1876 to 2016. The exhibition was presented last year in Geneva, and in Sables D’Olonne, the starting point of Vendée Globe (in which the Gitana Team and skipper Sébastien Josse competed).

Visitors will be transported behind the scenes of the history of sailing and racing with a display of artefacts, architectural pieces, old and new photographs, and even multimedia content.

It was Benjamin de Rothschild who transformed the family passion into a school of excellence and performance by creating Gitana Team in 2000.

The steamboats of the 19th century gave way to racy monohulls and trimarans with visionary technology, led by a team of talented professionals.

From GC32 to Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

Aficionados will surely take to the GC32, a flying boat from the same generation as the brand new Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. The launch of this new 106-foot long, 75-foot wide unit is scheduled for July. A direct product of the research and development carried out by the team, this non plus ultra of sailing once again bears witness to the passion for innovation and performance that drives the Gitana’s owners day-in, day-out.