On board Gitana 11

Earlier this year thedailysail snuck on board Lionel Lemonchois' Route du Rhum winner
This footage was shot earlier this year when we were fortunate enough to be on board Gitana 11, the Route du Rhum race winner, for a delivery trip. In this first clip we get a preliminary glance around the boat and also see the leeward float in action at 27 knots. Clip 1 - (15MB, 4:06 mins) In this second clip former skipper Fred le Peutrec explains what the controls in the cockpit - the quick hydraulic release for the main sheet (when sailing singlehanded) and the control for the 'trimmer' the trim tab on the daggerboard. We apologise for the drop out occasionally with the sound of this clip, but, hey, this is life at 28 knots... Clip 2 - (17.1MB, 4:37 mins) In this final clip Antoine Mermoid, who works on the technical side of the Gitana team, explains what goes on in the cockpit, the hydraulic systems, including the mast, and then the principles of how the curved daggerboard in the float works. Clip 3 - (51MB, 13:36 mins) NB: This video is formatted to play out as it downloads in Windows Media Player and is big in size (although not as big as some of the ones we published last week...) - therefore only suitable for those with broadband connections. Mac users can now view WMV files by downloading a suitable add on to Quicktime - we for example use Flip4Mac which works a treat. The only noticable difference is that while the clip will play out while downloading on a PC, on a Mac it must download first.