Gitana 16

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Gitana 16
Sebastien Josse (10).jpg
DesignerVPLP design, Guillaume Verdier Edit this on Wikidata
Year7 August 2015 Edit this on Wikidata
Builder(s)Multiplast Edit this on Wikidata
Boat weight8,000 kg (18,000 lb)
Draft4.5 m (15 ft)
Hull weightCarbon Nomex Sandwich
Beam5.70 m (18.7 ft)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typeCanting Keel
BallastWater Ballast
Rudder(s)Twin Rudders
Rig typeRotating Mast with Deck Spreaders
Class associationIMOCA 60

Gitana 16, her name when launched, is an IMOCA 60 monohull sailing yacht, designed by VPLP and Guillaume Verdier and constructed by Multiplast in France.[1][2] She was later known as Malizia II. The yacht's hull has a tumblehome shape and is equipped with foils, which were upgraded in 2016 and again in 2020. The boat was commissioned for the Gitana Sailing Team founded by Benjamin de Rothschild. Her first skipper was Sébastien Josse who was later replaced by Boris Herrmann. The yacht does not use any fossil fuel for power. In 2019, solar panels with an output of 1.3kw were installed,[3] and power is also generated by two hydro-electric generators at the stern that can be raised and lowered as needed.


2015–2017 - Gitana 16, FRA 16[edit]

The yacht was commissioned for the Gitana Sailing Team, founded by Benjamin de Rothschild. She competed in the 2016–2017 Vendée Globe with French Skipper Sébastien Josse but did not finish the race, due to a foil shaft problem.

2017–2021 - Malizia II, MON 10[edit]

In 2016, Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, worked with his friend Boris Herrmann of Germany and others to create Team Malizia. The yacht was renamed and competed for the team under the name Malizia II, with the sail number MON 10, flagged by Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco for the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe.

2021 to date: Fortinet-Best Western, FRA 10[edit]

In March 2020, Romain Attanasio of France bought the yacht, following a repair and refit, with the intention of competing in the 2024-2025 Vendée Globe.[4]


Racing History[edit]

Pos Year Race Class Boat Name Skipper Notes Ref
Round the World Races
5/33 2020 2020–2021 Vendée Globe IMOCA 60 Seaexplorer YCM  Boris Herrmann (GER)
RET 2016 2016–2017 Vendée Globe IMOCA 60 Gitana 16  Sébastien Josse (FRA) foil shaft issue
Transatlantic Races
7 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA 60 Fortinet - Best Western  Romain Attanasio (FRA)
 Seb Marsset (FRA)
15 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA 60 Malizia II  Boris Herrmann (GER)
 Will Harris (GBR)
4 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA 60 Edmond de Rothschild  Boris Herrmann (GER)
 Thomas Ruyant (FRA)
RET 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA 60 Edmond de Rothschild  Sébastien Josse (FRA)
 Charles Caudrelier (FRA)
RET 2016 The Transat IMOCA 60  Sébastien Josse (FRA)
10 2018 Route du Rhum IMOCA 60  Boris Herrmann (GER)
2016 Transat Arctique New-York – Vendée IMOCA 60
Other Races
6 / 12 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race IMOCA 60 Fortinet - Best Western  Romain Attanasio (FRA)
8 / 20 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race IMOCA 60  Boris Herrmann (GER)
3 / 9 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race IMOCA 60  Boris Herrmann (GER)
 Pierre Casiraghi (MON)
2020 Le Défi Azimut race IMOCA 60  Boris Herrmann (GER)
2020 Vendee Arctique race IMOCA 60  Boris Herrmann (GER)
2019 Bermudes 1000 race IMOCA 60  Boris Herrmann (GER)
2018 Monaco Globe Series
Portimao to Bermudes
IMOCA 60  Boris Herrmann (GER)
2016 Défi Azimut

2020–2021 Vendée Globe[edit]

With skipper Boris Herrmann the boat competed in the 2020–2021 Vendée Globe[5] finishing 5th after having to reduce its speed close to Les Sables due to a collision with a fishing vessel which caused extensive damage to the starboard foil and side. Herrmann helped with the rescue of Kevin Escoffier after his boat sank.[6]

Greta Thunberg Transatlantic Voyage[edit]

In August 2019 the Malizia II took Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg across the North Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth to New York City without producing any carbon dioxide during the voyage, however, France 24 reported that several crew flew to New York to sail the yacht back to Europe.[7] The trip was led by Boris Herrmann. Thunberg's crossing of the Atlantic started on 14 August 2019 and she arrived on 28 August.[8] See also


  1. ^ "Malizia II - Yacht Club de Monaco". IMOCO. Archived from the original on 2 September 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  2. ^ "A34 Gitana 16, FRA 16". Retrieved 16 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "The new SOLBIAN solar system on board Malizia". 28 August 2019.
  4. ^ A34 Gitana 16, FRA 16,, accessed 22 August 2022
  5. ^ "The Yacht". Boris Herrmann Racing.
  6. ^ "News - Time Compensations To Skippers Involved In the Rescue of Kevin Escoffier - Vendée Globe - En". Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Greta Thunberg's yacht due in New York on Tuesday". France 24. AFP. 26 August 2019. Archived from the original on 26 September 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  8. ^ Justine Calma (28 August 2019). "Greta Thunberg wraps up 15-day carbon-free voyage to New York City". The Verge.

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