Opening of the exhibition « Gitana, entering into the legend » in Geneva

News - 9/14/2016

This Automn’s key event, the mobile exhibition “Gitana, entering into the legend” tells 140 years of Rothschild passion for sailing. Opening on 14 September in Geneva, it will then be showcased at the Sables d’Olonne on the Vendée Globe race village and at the International Paris Boat Show.

Open to the public, the exhibition will be held in Geneva until 25 September 2016.
Do not miss this unique opportunity to dive into the history of generations that contributed to the success of Gitana today. This creative and recreational installment draws you into values dear to our Group: innovation, performance, audacity, team and competitive spirit.

Enter into the legend

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. In 2016, Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild are celebrating a quite unique maritime-themed family saga.

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


    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.

    >> More information on the Gitana Team