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The new Transat Jacques Vabre,  bound for Martinique

The new Transat Jacques Vabre, bound for Martinique

For its 15th edition, the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie  Le Havre is injecting fresh impetus into the race, bound for  Martinique! For the first time in its history, the Transat  Jacques Vabre is heading out to explore the West Indies.  Indeed, it’s Fort-de-France Bay, which will host the finish of  the longest and most demanding double-handed  transatlantic race, in what promises to be a sensational  spectacle. 

The historic starting point remains the same: the Bassin Paul  Vatine in Le Havre. In 2021, the founding members of the  race, namely the City of Le Havre and JDE group, will be  assisted with the organisation of the event by the Normandy  region. Today, above and beyond being a race, the Transat  Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre aspires to become an  event. As such, it is eager to make the most of its  considerable renown and turn it to good account, to inspire,  to encourage and to pass on a message. 

At the forefront of these new ambitions is the desire to break  new ground in terms of environmental issues. This  commitment to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is  evidenced by the fact that the Transat Jacques Vabre  Normandie Le Havre will launch two innovative  programmes: a competition (open to start-ups and students)  to showcase projects promoting a reduction in our carbon  footprint, together with a conference on good environmental  practice.

Moreover, the fresh impetus championed by the new  Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre team will be  used to support the feminisation of offshore racing, by  encouraging a project helmed by a female sailor, who  would like to participate in her first transatlantic race.  Finally, the Coffee Route 2021 version also intends to  strengthen the links between real sailing and virtual  racing, by officially integrating a fifth Virtual Regatta class. 

This year, out on the racetrack and in all the actions carried  out in relation to the race, the Transat Jacques Vabre  Normandie Le Havre has set itself the task of enhancing  performance and respecting its environment. To this end,  it hopes to join together numerous skippers ready to brave  the Atlantic in pairs from 7 November, the start date for the  2021 edition.

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