Gitana Team reveal what their new offshore foiling trimaran will look like
France's Gitana Team ocean racing syndicate have given the world a glimpse of what their soon to be completed Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild offshore foiling Ultim trimaran will look like.
The 32-metre long, 23-metre wide (that's 105 feet by 75.5 feet) multihull is in the final stages of a 20 month build process at the French Multiplast facility in Vannes, France and is scheduled for launch in July.
Designed by naval architect Guillaume Verdier and his team in collaboration with the Gitana design office the latest Gitana boat incorporates many of the lessons learned from the team's development boat Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild - a standard MOD70 that in 2014 they adapted to an offshore foiling boat. (That boat is now Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi70).
According to the team the new boat is a departure from the way offshore boats have previously been designed. Although they are remaining tight lipped about the boat's underwater appendages, skipper, Sebastien Josse describes the hull design as: "aggressive u-shaped forms with semi-planing hulls.
Josse believes the new boat will be blisteringly fast even in non-foiling mode.
"The boat may very easily reach 40-knots even without flying," Josse said. "We are going to need a little bit of time to adapt."
The Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild’s first competitive outing will be Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia in Brazil in November when Josse will partner up with navigator Thomas Rouxel.
Josse will race solo in the Route du Rhum in 2018 with a solo round the world attempted scheduled for the autumn of 2019.
THE MAXI EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD IN FIGURES
Start of construction: October 2015
Launch: July 2017
+ 170,000 man-hours, including 35,000 hours of studies
+ /- 40 people on average over 20 months
Weight (displacement): 15.5 tonnes
Air draught: 37m
Downwind sail area: 650m2
Upwind sail area: 450m2
Type: T-foil float rudders (2), L-shaped foils (2), daggerboard on the central hull (1), T-foil rudder on central hull (1)