End of the race for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe came to a halt very quickly, too quickly, for Sébastien Josse and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. At the helm of the latest addition to the Gitana fleet, an emblem of the new generation of flying maxis, the sailor from Nice set sail as one of the race favourites. However, on the first night, his starboard float suffered major damage, the bow ripped off across an 8-metre section. Positioned at the head of the fleet at the time having demonstrated the incredible potential of his machine, the skipper had no other option than to retire from the race and make for La Coruña, the closest and most suitable port to accommodate him when the incident happened, in a bid to preserve the Maxi’s integrity.
The day after his arrival in La Coruña, after several hours struggling to get some sleep, the skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild gave us the low-down on his race. Airborne from the start to Cap Fréhel, on a reach that will remain in ocean racing history for a long while to come, he discusses the passage off Ushant and the mindset he was in before getting into the teeth of the low pressure system. As usual, the sailor tells us exactly how it is in these few hours of racing in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe prior to his retirement.