FRA 107 Tsigane (ex Z/F 107 Gitana Junior & K 85 Battlecry (V) and Mistress of Falmouth)

Tsigane was launched under the name Gitana Junior in 1983 for Baron Edmond de Rothschild she took part in the 1983 World Cup at Newport Beach. Edmond brought her to England in 1986 for the second British Open Championships at the RYS.  Skippered by Benjamin de Rothschild and helmed by Philippe Durr, she finished 4th and was subsequently purchased by John Prentice, who re-named her Battlecry (V) and invested in a new keel.  In her in 1987 he finished second in the British Championships to Erik Maxwell’s Kirlo. Helmed by Lawrie Smith she won the Seawanhaka Cup in Oyster Bay in 1987.She was then sold to Peter De Savary and the Blue Arrow Syndicate at Pendennis for crew training.  In 1988 therefore, as Mistress of Falmouth she finished 14th in the Europeans at Falmouth.  After a brief hiatus at Cowes where she had been taken, she was bought by Stefan O’Reilly Hyland and, re-numbered F 107, took part in the 1994 European Championships at Benodet, finishing 6th.  Stefan has owned her ever since and with her has taken part in most international events since held in France, for many of which he has been responsible for the organisation.

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