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Race village inauguration honours Paul Vatine

Race village inauguration honours Paul Vatine

The inauguration of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre race village on Saturday at 11:00 honoured Paul Vatine, the French sailor who disappeared at sea during the race twenty years ago on October 21, 1999.  Mirelle Vatine, who was his wife, was there to cut the ribbon with Jean-Baptiste Gastinne, the mayor of Le Havre, and other partners.

“It's impossible to remember the disappearance of Paul Vatine 20 years ago without a lot of emotion,” Gastinne said. “All the people of Le Havre remember.”

With eight days until the start of the 14th edition on Sunday, October 27 at 13:15, all bar one of the 60 competing boats and their 120 skippers, are moored in the Bassin Paul Vatine.