Transat J.Vabre 01.11.2017


Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 will stage new dawn for multihulls
Pella says Multi 50s are the future

35-40 knots predicted after start on Sunday

Alex Pella, the world-record breaking sailor, said today (Wednesday) that the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 will mark the emergence of a new future for multihulls. With all eyes on just how fast the latest 30-metre Ultime to launch is – Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will be making its debut in Le Havre, Normandy on the start line on Sunday – Pella, co-skipper of the Multi 50 Arkema, believes the class will shine in this 13th edition of the „Route du Café“.

“When we arrived last Friday and I saw the fleet, I said ‘wow’ because for me it’s the first time that there’s such a fleet in this class,” Pella said. “Normally, when I’ve been here in another class, I’ve seen only two or three good boats. But now I think this race can change the future of the class. Now, the future of the multihulls is the Ultime class and Multi 50 because there’s a really big difference between them.”

Multi 50 Arkema, skipper Lalou Roucayrol and his co-skipper training for the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, duo sailing race from Le Havre (FRA) to Salvador de Bahia (BRA), off Bordeaux, on July 24, 2017 – Photo Vincent Olivaud / Arkema

Pella knows a thing or two about multihulls – he was part of the incredible team on IDEC 3 that smashed the Jules Verne round-the-world record in January. He is not campaigning for the class either – this is his first race in a Multi 50 and he was a last minute replacement in August after Karine Fauconnier was injured in training. It is more the view of an experienced sailor – Pella, from Barcelona, turns 45 on Thursday – who can cast an eye across all four classes and 38 boats here. Another crowning glory was becoming the first Spaniard to win a transoceanic single-handed race when he won the Route du Rhum Class40 in 2014.

His co-skipper, the equally experienced, Lalou Roucayrol agreed. “There has been a big change within the Multi 50 class,” he said. “We wanted to get professional and the class introduced not just foils but rules on materials that mean all the boats have to be modern and competitive now.”

Skippers presentation by Serge Herbin, Multi 50 Arkema, skippers Lalou Roucayrol and Alex Pella, during pre-start of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, duo sailing race from Le Havre (FRA) to Salvador de Bahia (BRA) in Le Havre on October 28th, 2017 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / ALeA / TJV17

There are six Multi 50s here, five competitive and four with foils all vying for victory. At just over 15 metres – half the length of Ultime – have a budget that is more accessible to those starting out in multihulls. Roucayrol revealed that Arkema spent €1.5 million to build the boat he launched in 2013, and spend €800,000 a year on the campaign, of which €200,000 has gone on their Mini 6.50 boat this year. The Ultime is a big step up, with budgets around six times that.

But those extra Euros may be felt in the first few days of racing, which are already promising to typically bracing North Atlantic weather in November. The weather and routing chatter on the pontoons began in earnest yesterday and 35-40 knots was being predicted after the start on Sunday.

“I think we’re going to have to cross a big front there’s going to be potentially 35-40 knots downwind the other side of that,” Britain’s Phil Sharp (Imerys, Class40) said. “That’s what when we get really offshore west of Ireland – and it looks like we’re going to have to head west to look for this northerly wind, to avoid headwinds. When we hit that we can escape south – and we’ll be escaping very fast. We can surf at up to 25 knots and that’s fast enough when you’re on a boat like this.”

Pella at first affected to say that such pontoon chatter is “pollution” – “I haven’t been looking at the forecast all the time,” he said. “There are two people on the team checking. We haven’t done a real briefing. The other thing is that in these kind of races, North Atlantic (strong wind) starts are as usual, as these sounds of the pontoon, for me it’s pollution, people are nervous. This is the race where you have the Channel, the point of Brittany, the front, traffic and cold.” But he did concede that the Multi 50 are more vulnerable in these conditions, even with the foils – “by comparison IDEC 3 it passes over the waves very well,” he said.

Later he admitted that it might be better for them to push out of the starting blocks to get ahead of the front. “To win the race, you have to finish the race and to break things at the start is stupid,” he said. “But if you see the forecast it looks like it’s better to be in the top positions at the beginning because the front is coming from behind. You can makes plans, but you have to take the decision when you’re there.” It is hard to keep a sailor from his routing.


Transat Jaques Vabre 27.10.2017


The Transat Jacques Vabre opens in Le Havre
The countdown to the start of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday, November 5 has officially begun after the race village opened in glorious sunshine yesterday (Friday). The 38 competing boats are now moored in Le Havre and the 76 sailors have taken up their autumn quarters for nine days in the Norman city. At 14:00 (French time), on what could have been a summer’s day, a last ballet of 14 boats graced the locks at the entrance to the Bassin Paul Vatine, with the Maxi, Edmond de Rothschild (32m long and 23m wide) finishing the dance to position itself in the Bassin de l’Eure. At 16:00, the race village of the Transat Jacques Vabre opened its doors to the general public, who were already there in large numbers to admire the fleet of 16 Class40, 6 Multi 50, 13 Imoca and 3 Ultime. The famous double-handed Route du Café can now begin…
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There was an air of summer in Le Havre. The sun was shining, the skippers were beaming too, the flags of the 38 boats floated in a breath of air and the visitors crowded the quays of the Bassins Paul Vatine and de l’Eure. It was like the people of Le Havre and the ocean racing fans were one big happy family enjoying a gigantic shared moment. Tomorrow, at 11:00, the Transat Jacques Vabre race village will be officially inaugurated by Luc Lemonnier, mayor of Le Havre and president of CODAH (communauté d’agglomération havraise – a regional body); Xavier Mitjavila, president of sponsors, JDE; Marie-Agnès Poussier-Winsback, vice president of the Normandy Region and Nicolas Hénard, president of the FFV – the French Sailing Federation, who will cut the traditional ribbon together and thereby launch the incredible programme of festivities.

For the 76 skippers, after the group photo and the welcome briefing in the evening, the week promises to be a busy one, what with the exhibition regatta tomorrow, the meetings with the schools and the public, the safety checks, studying the weather files, and the safety and weather briefings, all whilst enjoying the warm welcome of Le Havre.


Transat Jaques Vabre 03.10.2017

03.10.2017, introducing a new favourite!, introducing a new favourite!
Beautiful, useful and responsive; the three keywords which encapsulate the ambition of the new Transat Jacques Vabre website. Already online and fully operational a month before the start, is the best place to go to get straight back in the swing of this queen of the two-handed transats. Here is a guided tour around the site with Vincent Esnaud, one of the designers.

The torrents of spray, the flares, the legendary duos in action…these are the images showing on a loop on the homepage that make us dream and plunge us straight back into the legend of the Route du Café. With a month before the start, the new site is a breath of fresh air for the 2017 edition. Its design prioritises images, but the approach is new. “We tried to push the boundaries and not be bound by the rules of ‘one text-one photo’”, says Esnaud, manager of Addviso, who worked in close collaboration with the race organisation and Désigne, the company in charge of the graphic design of the event. “The presentation of the event, like, for example, the timeline, has been treated like a real ‘web-doc’, mixing multiple media: text, photo, interviews, computer graphics, etc.” Esnaud explains. “From a technical point of view, the site was conceived from the outset to be „responsive”(multi-platform) and therefore autonomous: “it works on a computer, tablet or a mobile phone, which makes the existence of a dedicated app unnecessary.”

Engaging and useful

A month before the start, the emphasis is now on the history and the skippers, the 39 duos who will compete in the four classes. From the opening of the race village, on October 27 at 16:00 local time, the listing of events in the Bassin Paul Vatine in Le Havre will be clearly visible. “As the site is responsive, visitors will be able to know what is going on in the village and to keep up with the highlights of the day,” Esnaud says.

Three languages

During the race, which will start on November 5, it will be easy to follow the progress of the sailors as they head to Salvador de Bahia. Available in three languages ​​- French, English, Brazilian – the content of the site will mix stories, analysis and anecdotes, including the videos and audio sent from the competing boats. “Each piece of content will be geo-localised and visible on the map,” Esnaud says. “There will be a sidebar of social networks, run by Mille & une vague, and rather than having to go checking on Facebook or Twitter, all the posts will be grouped in a Social Hub.”

A site for everyone

Beautiful and dynamic, is also intuitive and practical. As normal, the press area will be where all photos will be available immediately in HD, along with the daily press releases, e-mail alerts and the newsletter.

Finally, in this new school year, how could not have an educational area for schoolchildren and their teachers? As Gildas Gautier, managing director of the Transat Jacques Vabre, sums up: “this new site leaves no one out. It’s a playful and practical space, well-designed and informative – in short, a superb communication tool, matching the level the event.”


Transat Jaques Vabre 21.09.2017


21. September 2017

Boris Herrmann startet Transat Jacques Vabre

Hochseesegler Boris Herrmann packt die nächste große Herausforderung an: Am 5. November startet der 36-jährige Hamburger mit dem Open 60 „Malizia“ unter dem Stander des Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) beim traditionellen Atlantikrennen Transat Jacques Vabre. Die 13. Auflage führt vom französischen Le Havre über 4,350 Seemeilen (mehr als 8.000 Kilometer) nach Salvador de Bahia in Brasilien. Als Co-Skipper der Zweimann-Regatta kommt der Franzose Thomas Ruyant an Bord, da Herrmanns Segelkompagnon Pierre Casiraghi aus dem Fürstenhaus Monaco verhindert ist.

„Das Transat Jacques Vabre ist ein prestigeträchtiger Klassiker, von dem ich schon lange geträumt habe“, so Herrmann, „und nun habe ich mit der ‚Malizia‘ endlich das richtige Schiff dafür und ein starkes Team dahinter.“ Der YCM mit seinem Vizepräsidenten Casiraghi unterstützt die Kampagne des Profis maßgeblich, der 2020 als erster Deutscher an der Vendée Globe solo nonstop um die Welt teilnehmen will. „Mit Thomas Ruyant steht ein erfahrener Ozeanrecke an meiner Seite. Zusammen werfen wir weit mehr als 100.000 Seemeilen in die Waagschale“, erklärte der dreimalige Weltumsegler. Ruyant hat die TJV schon dreimal absolviert und war zuletzt 2015 Vierter geworden. Auch die Vendée Globe liegt bereits einmal im Kielwasser des Manns aus Dünkirchen.

Nach dem Erfolg der Regattapremiere beim Rolex Fastnet Race im August, als Boris Herrmann und Pierre Casiraghi Dritter von neun Yachten der IMOCA-Klasse wurden, geht es nun gegen zwölf Gegner. Die „Malizia“ gehört im Feld zu den Open 60 der neusten Generation, die mit Tragflächen (Foils) ausgestattet ist, und damit unter günstigen Windbedingungen aus dem Wasser gehoben wird, um höhere Geschwindigkeiten zu erreichen. Herrmann: „Wir optimieren das Boot ständig weiter und blicken gespannt auf diesen Langstreckenvergleich.“

Bei der Bekanntgabe der Teilnahme in Paris betonte Pierre Casiraghi die Bedeutung der Transat Jacques Vabre für die Vorbereitung des Teams mit Blick auf 2020. „Es ist enorm wichtig, dass wir bis zur Vendée Globe die internationalen Hochkaräter mitsegeln, um uns weiter zu verbessern“, sagte der Sohn von Prinzessin Caroline, der gerne selbst dabei gewesen wäre. „Und ich bin sehr stolz, dass die Farben des Yacht Club de Monaco erstmals bei dieser angesehenen Regatta vertreten sein werden.“

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Transat Jaques Vabre 20.09.2017


A Transat Jacques Vabre full of promise
The calibre of the 39 crew and 78 sailors registered for the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre promises a high-flying competition, with a race of rare quality and depth. From Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, the four classes of offshore sailing boats (Class40, Multi 50, IMOCA60 and Ultime) will compete over a 4,350-mile course full of hurdles, squalls and excitement. Today, at the Pavillon Champs-Elysées in Paris, they were all present, eager to head out to sea, boots and oilies ready to cross the start line on Sunday, November 5.


Last stop, everybody onboard! This Wednesday, September 20, the great offshore racing family came together at the Pavilion Champs-Elysées for the press conference of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. It was a family reunion hosted by Xavier Mitjavila, President of JDE France, and Luc Lemonnier, Mayor of Le Havre, who immediately invited the competitors and the general public to come and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Normandy city in the grandest fashion. October 27, the opening day of the 13th edition of this Route du Café, marks the culmination of several weeks of festivities in Le Havre, which saw the birth of the maritime and commercial routes to Brazil. And it will be around the Bassin Paul Vatine in Le Havre that the atmosphere will most passionate, with ten days of festivities and a warm welcome that the competitors and the general public always greatly appreciate.

The countdown has begun
There will be a keen edge to this Transat Jacques Vabre. From the abundance of Class40 duos (17), to the IMOCA60 sailors in a hurry to get back out to sea, with some exciting marriages of crews, all with different outlooks (13 crews), to the Multi 50, where they are champing at the bit to show what the foils can do (6 crews), to the 3 Ultime competitors, for whom this racetrack is the beginning a round the world voyage. From the suits in Paris to the boots on the pontoons of Le Havre, the hunger and smiles will be evident on faces of the skippers, who have started the countdown to the Transat jacques Vabre. D – 46 before the start.

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Winner 2015
Le Conservateur
Yannick Bestaven & Pierre Brasseur
24d 08h 10′ 09“

FenêtréA Prysmian
Erwan Le Roux & Giancarlo Pedote
16d 22h 29′ 13“

Vincent Riou & Sébastien Col
17d 00h 22′ 24“

François Gabart & Pascal Bidégorry
12d 17h 29′ 27“

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Transat Jacques Vabre, 22.08.2017

With Karine Fauconnier injured, Lalou Roucayrol recruits Alex Pella to take her place on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017

Press Release
Monday 21st August 2017

Karine Fauconnier suffered an injury during a training session on the Multi 50 Arkema in July. She will not be able to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre race alongside Lalou Roucayrol, who therefore has had to find a new co-skipper to replace her at very short notice. And the choice fell on the highly experienced Spaniard Alex Pella. Lalou and Alex now have 80 days to get to know each other and become an effective team, ready to sail off from Le Havre on 5 November. Meanwhile, on land, Karine Fauconnier remains actively involved in the project, in charge of routing and weather strategy. In her words, “it’s now a threesome we’ll have to contend with”!

Changing a co-skipper less than three months before the start of a major event surely is not a comfortable situation. But Team Arkema Lalou Multi took the right course of action when Karine Fauconnier suffered an injury while training on the Multi 50. After setting off on a qualifying course despite being in pain, the skipper realized that she would not be able to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre race under those conditions. “We’re very sorry about this situation as the Lalou and Karine pair had already put a lot into this. They were working very well, and now we have to start all over again. But this was the wisest and most reasonable decision when it comes to the health of a sailor and the performance of a boat”, explains Fabienne Baron-Roucayrol, team manager.

Once Karine Fauconnier had officially withdrawn from the race, there was no time to be wasted finding a replacement that would be able to fit in without delay to make up a new dream team and enable the Multi 50 Arkema to perform well in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Spaniard Alex Pella, who was up to this worthy challenge, was chosen. A highly experienced all-rounder, Alex has an impressive nautical CV and a superb record of achievements to his credit: three round-the-world races (one on a monohull, two on a multihull), joint holder of the Trophée Jules Verne with the IDEC Sport crew skippered by Francis Joyon, winner of the legendary Route du Rhum 2014 in Class40… “Alex is an excellent recruit, the best of the candidates given the very busy schedule”, continues Fabienne Baron-Roucayrol. “He’s a smart guy who is also approachable and friendly. We’re not too worried about things gelling with Lalou.” Despite her injury, Karine Fauconnier remains involved in the team with a key role as she will be looking after the routing and the weather strategy from land with Eric Mas.

Here are the reactions of the various protagonists following this change of co-skipper on the Multi 50 Arkema.

Karine Fauconnier, land-based routing manager: “My goal is for our team to win, with or without me on board…”
“I injured myself the day before we were due to set off on our qualifying course. Nevertheless we did set off for three days, and I was in pain despite pain relief medication. When we got back I took advice and decided with my physician’s and Lalou’s agreement to withdraw from the Jacques Vabre race. It’s a decision with heavy consequences. For me, as I’m putting my sailing career on the line. For Lalou and for Arkema who have placed their trust and confidence in me and have had to find a replacement at a time when our two-man crew was working so well.
I could of course still go, with shots of anti-inflammatory drugs, but then doing even more harm to my body and my health, but I have too much respect for the sea to tell myself that it can work like that and my ethics wouldn’t let me. You can’t win if you’re in pain. You tend to forget that these are competitive races and you’re racing extreme boats on seas that can be intimidating, and sailors have to remain humble. I also have respect for our competitors, and I may not be 100% fit physically, but they definitely will be.
My goal with this decision is also and above all for our team to win, with or without me on board. I’m delighted with the choice of new co-skipper: Alex Pella is a super guy, highly positive. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll do my utmost in other ways, I mean by helping the new twosome to perform by guiding them to keep on course and giving them advice from land. It’s a fine way to continue the story. I’m lucky to have had experience on the boat, to have won with it already, to know Lalou well and be familiar with this course which has no secret for me. So it’s now a threesome we’ll have to contend with.”

Lalou Roucayrol, skipper of the Multi50 Arkema: “Alex will soon get the hang of it!”
“We had got off to a good start. As a team, Karine and I complemented each other. We had trained well and had found our stride. After Karine got injured, we had to come up with an alternative solution. We selected various profiles, the aim being to stay focused on excellence. But there weren’t many sailors available by this time as most of them were already involved in the Transat Jacques Vabre or the Volvo Ocean Race (a round-the-world crewed race with stopovers (Editor’s note.)

Alex Pella’s name soon came up. I had met him on the Route du Rhum 2014 and I had got on with him straight away. Since then I have been following his achievements, and he was already on my short list of possible co-skippers before I selected Karine last winter. So we called him straight away and he was available! I like the man, he’s fun and friendly. Alex Pella is an international skipper with an eclectic profile. At sea he’s ruthless, very hard-working, He will go to any length and is very good at sailing and managing the boats. He’s a good all-rounder who sails a lot, on monohulls, on multihulls, on traditional boats… He’s not too familiar with the Multi 50, but I’m absolutely sure he will soon get the hang of it.
We have 80 days to sail together, get to know each other better, qualify, practise getting our bearings together, and sail the Multi 50 Arkema efficiently. I’m pleased that Karine is staying with us despite what’s happened. We have been working with her for the last two years and are happy with her work. Keeping her on the team will ease this stroke of bad luck.”

Alex Pella, new co-skipper of the Multi50 Arkema: “I’m going to give it my all!”
“When Lalou called me to ask me to join him in the Transat Jacques Vabre, I was both surprised and very honored. These offers don’t come up every day just a few months before the start of a race. I thought about it for a while as my schedule was very full already. But I freed up some time and agreed to take on the challenge. I’m happy on the water and I like meeting people. Sailing off on a new boat and with a new team is exciting.
Karine was very tied to the project, whereas it’s all new to me. I have yet to find out about the Multi 50, but this series has always appealed to me. I have been following the fate of Lalou and the Multi 50 Arkema for years. The Multi 50 are boats of a reasonable size, relatively straightforward, and no doubt a lot of fun, especially with the foils! I have sailed a lot on bigger multihulls in recent years: on the maxi trimaran IDEC Sport, on MOD 70, on the trimaran Prince de Bretagne… So I won’t be lost. Especially as I sail a lot. I’m always on the water.
I’m fit and in good shape and feel I’ll be able to get to grips with the boat in no time. The challenge is to catch up as quickly as possible to help Lalou run an excellent Transat Jacques Vabre race, if not win it. I’m certain we can achieve this. It’s a big challenge for me personally and from a sporting viewpoint. The competition is going to be tough and this is spurring me on even more. I’m going to give it my all!”

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Transat Jaques Vabre 20.07.2017


Transat Jacques Vabre 2017

42 pairs at sea
As happens every two years, couples are getting together as the summer approaches…to form solid partnerships for the Transat Jacques Vabre, the double-handed race of reference, which has been leaving Le Havre since 1993. For this 13th edition, 42 teams will cast off their moorings, and head for Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on 4,350-mile long ride; a mixture of tactical and strategic plays, spiced with extremely diverse weather. Thus, this demanding two-handed “Route du Café” – it follows the coffee trade route – requires sailors to find their other half, for the better and for the worse. So, who will be there on the start line on November 5?

Class40: the international class
20 monohulls of 12.18 m in length will compete on the great chessboard of the Atlantic. 20 crews composed of sailing amateurs and professionals, who are unreserved fans of race machines which are high-tech at the same time as being steadfastly sailboats. The Class40 is the largest and most international category of the 13th edition, with 7 foreign boats: Mussulo 40 Team Angola Cables with a hitherto unseen duo of the Brazilian, Leonardo Chicourel, and the Angolan José-Guiherme Caldas; Kiho with the Japanese sailor Hiroshi Kitada (co-skipper to be announced), Imerys with Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde, Oman Sail with Sidney Gavigney and co-skippered by Fahad Al Hasni, Campagne de France with the Franco-British couple of Halvard Mabire and Mirranda Merron, Colombe XL and Magalè two 100% Italian teams led by Massimo Juris – Pietro Luciani and Andréa Fantini-Alberto Bona respectively and finally Stella Nova with two German skippers, Burkhard Keese and Alexander Kraus. Alongside them, several duos, true connoisseurs of the class, will be closely followed: Bertrand Delesne and Justine Mettraux (TeamWork), the La Rochelle sailor, Aymeric Chapelier with Arthur Le Vaillant on board their brand new Mach 40.3 (Aïna Enfance et Avenir) and the Normandy duo of Louis Duc and Alexis Loison on their brand new and fiendishly-fast Lombard-designed boat (Carac). The Class40 promises to be an exciting race.

Multi50: Seven Flying Aces
This should be a high-quality race of aces. 7 Multi50 boats skippered by the leading specialists in the discipline will participate in the Transat Jacques Vabre. The sailors are particularly fond of this race as the contest is so demanding, with only two to manage racing machines that now have foils. The triple winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (2009, 2013 and 2015) Erwan Le Roux (FenêtréA – Mix Buffet) partnered by Vincent Riou (twice a winner of the IMOCA class in 2013 and 2015) comes to defend his title against some high-flying competitors. Le Roux will face Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema), who will be participating in his 8th race, and has called on Karine Fauconnier (a winner in 2007), to try and land victory. We will also have to watch out for the brand-new Ciela Village of Thierry Bouchard and Oliver Krauss, which will come to be launched at Le Havre; and Gilles Lamiré on French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo (co-skipper tba) and Eric Defert on Drekan Groupe (co-skipper tba). Two newcomers on the Multi50 circuit are also expected: Armel Tripon on Réaute Chocolat (co-skipper tba) and Thibaut Vauchel-Camus on his brand new Solidaires en Peloton – ARSEP. Thibaut has called on a multihull ace, triple winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (2005, 2007 and 2009), Franck-Yves Escoffier – There will be some serious racing in Multi50.

IMOCA: marriages of reason…and passion
There are three mixed couples out of 12 crews and some interesting combinations of skippers in the IMOCA60 category. Tanguy de Lamotte and Samantha Davies on board Initiatives-Cœur renew their partnership of 2015, when they were a joyful presence on the Transat Jacques Vabre. Isabelle Joschke has called on Pierre Brasseur (winner in 2015, alongside Yannick Bestaven, in the Class40) to dive in at the deep end of the IMOCA race. A couple at sea as in the city, Louis Burton and Servane Escoffier on board their foiler, Bureau Vallée (ex-Banque Populaire, winner of the last Vendée Globe) will share the experience, as great as it difficult, of a transatlantic on a flying machine. Jean-Pierre Dick has called on Yann Eliès to help him lead his St Michel-Virbac (2003, 2005, 2011) to a fourth victory in this two-handed transat. Paul Meilhat will have Gwénolé Gahinet in the colours of SMA, Kito de Pavant and Yannick Bestaven are on board Bastide Otio and Fabrice Amedeo and Italian, Giancarlo Pedote, are on Newrest – Brioche Pasquier – all will be serious competitors.

Ultime: three beautiful couples
You do not change a team that is working wonderfully. Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias, on Sodebo Ultim‘, are the fastest men on the planet (Coville as skipper and Nélias as router broke the round-the-world record last winter) and demonstrated perfect harmony on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015, finishing second. So, here they are, back against two race-hardened crews: Lionel Lemonchois and Bernard Stamm on board Prince de Bretagne and Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel on the brand new maxi trimaran with foils, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, which will racing in its first competition.

The Transat Jacques Vabre will start on the way to Brazil on Sunday, November 5, 2017, after a week of festivities in Le Havre, which begin on Saturday, October 28.

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La Transat Jacques Vabre in figures
– Opening of the village, October 28
– Start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, November 5
– 24 years old, 13th edition in 2017
– A 4,350-mile course, four classes, four winning duos



Le Conservateur
Yannick Bestaven & Pierre Brasseur
24d 08h 10′ 09“
Fenêtréa Prysmian
Erwan Le Roux & Giancarlo Pedote
16d 22h 29′ 13“
Vincent Riou & Sébastien Col
17d 00h 22′ 24“
François Gabart & Pascal Bidégorry
12d 17h 29′ 27“