Boat Name: Tsigane, ex. Gitana Junior, ex. Battlecry V, ex. Mistress of Falmouth
Sail: FRA 107
Year Built: 1983
Designer: Ian Howlett
Builder: Elephant Boatyard
Owner: Rainer Muller
History: 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. As Tsigane under Nayl Driss, the boat placed 3rd of 19 in the warmup for the 2015 World Championships, the SNG Regate en Mer, and finished 6th overall in the Open Division.Tsigane was acquired by Rainer Muller after the regatta and taken to the 2016 European Championships, placing 12 of 15. She is now being refit with new wings and a change to a single cockpit configuration in Vancouver and will compete at the 2017 World Championships.