Our commitments

A pioneer in its CSR actions, the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre places its environmental ambitions on the same levels as its sporting ambitions. Marked as an eco-responsible event since 2011, it works to make this race an eco-designed, eco-managed and eco-responsible event. More than commitments, this philosophy has become its reason for being!
The most relevant thing within the ecological purpose of an event, beyond reducing its impacts, is to carry as many people as possible along with it.
Gildas Gautier, General Director of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre
The State Secretariat for the Sea supports the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre 2023 as well as the initiatives being carried out to preserve the maritime environment. These are fully in line with ocean protection policies and marine biodiversity, the dynamism of the maritime economy and innovation undertaken by the government.
France’s State Secretariat for the Sea
In terms of CSR we wanted to create a mirror effect reflecting back from Le Havre and Martinique. We applied the same pillars: territorial anchoring, eco-responsibility and environmental education, and apply them on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mathieu Laupies, CSR manager of Martinique Transat

The raison d’etre of the Transat Jacques Vabre


Protection of the environment, all in the DNA of the race

Building on its profile and the image it conveys, the Transat Jacques Vabre association wants to make this race a popular, sustainable and exemplary event. From soft (eco responsible) mobility to the optimization of waste management, the organization has implemented a 360° strategy.

This year, biodiversity is at the heart of the project. First of all because Martinique, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, is once again the final destination, but also because the organization wanted to support the UNESCO Man and Biosphere program which, for the first time, will be associated with a sporting event.

From the natural areas of Le Havre to the island of Martinique, the Coffee Route unifies and highlights the richness of the fauna and flora of these areas. It also makes it possible to connect continents, Europe to America, to bring together populations and preserve ocean and land resources.


A village adapted for people with disabilities

Embracing different communities and feeding the imagination about ocean racing should mean that every enthusiast, without exception, has an access to it in some form. For the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, people with reduced mobility and/or disabilities therefore must be able to fully enjoy the village and the race start in the same way as everyone else.

Developments to the village's infrastructure have been designed with this in mind and sailing taster trips on appropriate craft will be organized.


Passing on to future generations

Building on its relationship with the Academies of Martinique and Normandy, the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre has published an educational kit for schools. The objective is to immerse young people in the maritime world and evoke the values of racing, including the fight for the preservation of the oceans. All this shared work can only be productive and positive if it is passed on to the younger generations. Instilling the values of sharing in young people, inclusion and protection of our planet, the Transat Jacques Vabre embraces all this through the educational kit made available for teachers and the reception of schoolchildren in the village on Fridays October 20.

Cap pour elles

Cap pour Elles with Engie

To help grow the feminization of ocean racing – encouraging participation and empowering women in the sport - the Cap pour Elles initiative was started in 2021 and it allows a pair of women to participate in their first transatlantic race on a Class 40. For this second Cap pour Elles it is a Franco-Irish team who will take the start.
Du Virtuel au réel 1

From virtual to real

Never has a race allowed a virtual game player to set off in “real life” to race the course on a race boat. After an extraordinary selection organized in collaboration with Virtual Regatta, Basile Buisson won the ‘golden ticket’ to actually compete on the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre aboard a Class 40.

The Green Ticket

Whether you come by bus, bike or scooter, your efforts will be rewarded!