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60 boats on the start line and a major new partner for the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre

The 14th edition of the “Route du Café” – the world’s longest and toughest two-handed transatlantic sailing race - will have 60 boats on the start line on October 27 and a major new title partner: the Région Normandie, organisers announced at the official launch on Tuesday, September 17, at the Eiffel Tower Theater in Paris.

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Countdown begins for the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre

The entries have closed and 67 teams with 134 skippers in three classes  (Class40, Mulit50 and IMOCA) will depart from Le Havre on October 27 for the start of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The 67 duos are getting ready to head for Salvador de Bahia in Brazil on the 4,350-mile ride across the Atlantic. It is a journey full of bravery, commitment and teamwork that characterises the Transat Jacques Vabre, the world’s blue ribbon double-handed ocean race, where both skippers and boats are pushed to their full potential.

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Record number of skippers with seven months to the start

Forty-six competitors have already confirmed their entry for the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre with seven months to the start in Le Havre. The 14th edition of the “Route du Café” promises to be an intense, full-bodied event worthy of a grand cru.

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Happy Birthday!

Founded in 2004, the Class40 Association celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019 ; on the agenda to celebrate this anniversary, more than 12,000 miles of races.

Happy new year !

The Transat Jacques Vabre team wishes you a Happy New Year 2019.

Rendez-vous the 18 October for 10 days of animation at Le Havre, before the start, Sunday 27 October.

Around 50 boats will participate at the Transat Jacques Vabre, 3 classes with known skippers.

Also, we are waiting you at Le Havre !

Braving the Atlantic double-handed

On Sunday, October 27 2019, three classes of boats: the Class40, Muli50 and Imoca60, will leave Le Havre for Salvador de Bahia, Brazil’s land of coffee, on a tough route with the duos on board braving the Atlantic from north to south, from France to Brazil.

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The seven forms of Transat Jacques Vabre duo

It takes all sorts to make a partnership work 

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Pontoon debrief: Massimo Juris and Pietro Luciani (Colombre XL)

The first amateurs home in the Class40 on their 2011 Pogo 40 S2 Finot Conq-designed boat, Colombre XL, Massimo Juris and Pietro Luciani should be very satisfied with their performance with their first Transat Jacques Vabre.

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The review of the 13th edition of the 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre: Four record-breaking fleets

As they counted down to the start in Le Havre, all the skippers said the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre would be fast and furious - they were right. The four fleets saw twists and turns and fierce competition all the way to the line, with nothing decided until the final day, and in the case of an incredible three-way battle in the Class40, the final hour. Records were broken, and some boats too, but those that could be were fixed in pit stops and 31 of the 37 boats that left Le Havre in Normandy France arrived safely in the Bay of All Saints. Salvador de Bahia, the finish for the first time since 2007, welcomed them all home with customary warmth and style.

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And then there were two

The arrival of the Class40 Gras Savoye Berger Simon Obportus this morning in tenth position, left only two duos still racing. The Brazilians on Mussulo 40 Team Angola Cables have 180 miles before arriving home tomorrow morning. Two  skippers have a hero’s welcome waiting for them.

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