by Gitana Team
About the Mono60’ Edmond de Rothschild
A 60-foot monohull belonging to the IMOCA class, the Mono60’ Edmond de Rothschild is an on-going project. Announced in January 2014, the monohull will come into being over the course of the summer in 2015 after a year-long build. The designs of this new boat have been entrusted to a duo of naval architects: Guillaume Verdier in association with the VPLP firm. The manufacture will take place on the shores of the Golfe du Morbihan within the Multiplast yard in Vannes, south-west Brittany.
Adhering to the new class measurement in force in the Imoca class since December 2013, the Mono60’ Edmond de Rothschild will be equipped with a one-design keel and mast (identical materials, shapes and suppliers), like all the new boats. These rules were passed at the end of the last Vendée Globe to improve the safety factors and reduce the cost of these incredible machines.
The main races the Gitana Team is targeting with the Mono60’ Edmond de Rothschild are the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015, The Transat in 2016 and of course the Vendée Globe 2016-2017.
This boat will be the eleventh craft to sport the colours of the Rothschild family and the eponymous financial group since the creation of Baron Benjamin de Rothschild’s offshore racing stable back in 2000.