Out on the water, it looks like it’s all systems go for Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew. Their names are added to the history books as they round the Cape of Good Hope, in South Africa, and post the fastest passage of all time; an intermediate record, which they dedicate to their owner Benjamin de Rothschild, who had passed away suddenly just days earlier. The weather forecasts for the Indian Ocean raise expectations of having a slight edge over the record on passing Australia. However, late morning on 22 January, there’s a message from the boat… It’s short and to the point and announces major damage to the rudder. The attempt comes to a sudden end. The part in question, which is essential to both performance and safety, has suffered a clean break that cannot be repaired at sea. The men of Gitana Team are forced to give up. Another story begins… the six sailors are positioned at 50° South and must quickly decide whether to turn back or to change course to shelter from the trains of depressions regularly sweeping across the zone. How do you deal with the disappointment, the frustration? And how do you contemplate the future?
Video Producer: Gitana Team