Gitana 17: World’s coolest yachts

Published on January 11th, 2023

Yachting World has been asking top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times, and Johan Salen nominated Gitana 17. Here’s the report:

“The Ultimes to me are the most technologically advanced and fastest boats that you can still go offshore with, at incredible speeds and at the same time a robustness and all round performance: 30 knots upwind on the ocean! So I think they are technically the peak of sailing at the moment,” says Salen, who nominates the giant trimaran Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, also known as Gitana 17.

Gitana 17 is a 32m fully foiling trimaran built to a Verdier design to compete in both crewed (by a team of six) and solo races and record attempts. Skippered by Charles Caudrelier, it has won the Rolex Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre and Brest Atlantiques.

“Gitana in particular, even though it’s not the most recent Ultime, has very good sailors who have constantly been evolving it so that at the moment it is the most optimised boat,” continues Salen.

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“It’s so big and powerful, and to see the whole thing up in the air is really incredible.”

Gitana 17 stats rating
Top speed: 50.7 knots
LOA: 32m/104ft
Launched: 2017
Berths: 1-3
Price: c.€12million
Adrenalin factor: 98%

For Yachting World’s list of cool boats, click here.

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