On Nov. 1, Gitana Team’s 32-meter Edmond de Rothschild flying maxi trimaran Edmond de Rothschild, a member of the Ultim class of maxi trimarans, will stand by in Lorient for the start in the hunt for the non-stop round-the-world record (40 days, 23 hours 30 minutes is the time to beat, recorded by Francis Joyon on IDEC Sport). We are of course talking about the Jules Verne Trophy, reserved for the fastest sailing boats in existence. Leading the Gitana Team are two sacred monsters of French sailing, Frack Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, former winners of two Volvo Ocean Races.
In fact, the new Ultim are equipped with foils, and Gitana will try to fly around the world on these particular appendages. Appendages that require a sophisticated control system, which in this case will be automated to ensure up to 5 adjustments per second between rudder and appendages. A technological challenge as well as a human and sports challenge.
Gitana will remain on standby starting today waiting for favorable weather conditions to attempt the record assault.
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