A few weeks ago, on 17 July, the day of her launch in Vannes, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild joined the Gitana Team. She is leading the way in a new generation of large flying offshore trimarans and her debut flights were eagerly anticipated ...
Crédit : B Stichelbaut / Gitana SA
"Since this first flight, we've be taking things step by step and getting a feel for the point of lift-off, which clearly takes the Maxi into another dimension. It's as if we have two boats, classic Archimedean and classic airborne. Between one mode and the other, the boat handles very differently, in terms of the trimming naturally and also when we take off. The sailing angles change, as does the apparent wind, and the helmsman has to change the way he pilots the boat accordingly. These initial trials are very positive. The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is safe and stable in flight and we're gaining confidence with every sea trial to reach increasingly interesting target speeds" Seb Josse explains.
PROGRAMME FOR MAJOR RACES
5 NOVEMBER 2017
Start of the Transat Jacques Vabre (LE HAVRE SALVADOR DE BAHIA), double-handed race
4 NOVEMBER 2018
Route du Rhum (ST MALO POINTE-À-PITRE), singlehanded race
AUTUMN - WINTER 2019
Round the world SETTING SAIL FROM BREST, singlehanded race
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