Transat Jacques Vabre

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Transat Jacques Vabre
Founded 1993
Classes Class40, IMOCA 60, Multi 50, Ultime
Start Le Havre
Finish Salvador de Bahia
Type double-handed offshore race
View of multihulls during the Transat Jacques Vabre, 6 November 2005, Le Havre

The Transat Jacques Vabre is a yachting race that follows the historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil. it is named after (and sponsored by) a French brand of coffee.

The course was drawn up back in 1993[1] to follow in the wake of the clippers transporting coffee from Brazil to France. The Transat Jacques Vabre is a major date on the calendar, taking place every other year in odd years. It is still a two-handed race and the pairs of sailors are formed according to their complementary skills, what they have in common and how they get on. Boats leave from Le Havre, France's leading coffee importing port, going to Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil, the world's leading coffee grower and exporter (4335 miles).

The event is open to multihulls and monohulls from the following classes: Ultims (multihulls between 70 and 105 feet), IMOCA (60 feet monohulls), Multi 50 and Class40. All kinds of navigational aids are allowed in particular for routing, except for the Class40 boats (as this is forbidden in their own rules).

Winners[edit]

Banque populaire, the start day of the Transat Jacques Vabre, 6 November 2005

1993[edit]

The first race took place between Le Havre and Cartagena (Colombia). 13 boats were at start.

1995[edit]

A two-handed race between Le Havre and Cartagena.

1997[edit]

Again a two-handed race between Le Havre and Cartagena.

1999[edit]

This year was marked by the disappearance of Paul Vatine, on board the Groupe André.

2001[edit]

A two-handed race between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia (Brazil). 3 categories of boats.

2003[edit]

From this year there have been 4 categories of boats and 38 competitors.

2005[edit]

The start was 5 November for the monohulls and 6 November for the multihulls. 4,340 miles (6,980 km) (monohulls 50 and 60 feet) or 5,190 miles (8,350 km) to do this year. 34 boats were registered:

Gitana XI, Start day of the Transat Jacques Vabre, 6 November 2005

2007[edit]

The start was 3 November for the monohulls and 4 November for the multihulls from Le Havre. This year, 60 boats were registered.

2009[edit]

The start was 8 November and course was from Le Havre to Puerto Limon (Costa Rica). Winners Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier on Safran (IMOCA).

2011[edit]

The start was 2 November and course was from Le Havre to Puerto Limon (Costa Rica). On a northerly route, Jean- Pierre Dick and Jérémie BEYOU won cleanly, setting a new IMOCA reference time of 15 days 18 hours 15 minuts and 54 seconds. Only 20 of the 35 starters finished the race.

2013[edit]

Le Havre to Itajaí. Storm Force 10 winds in the English Channel caused the postponement of the start to 7 November. The race was won by the MOD 70 Edmond de Rothschild skippered by Sebastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier. First monohull was PRB skippered by Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transat Jacques Vabre". IMOCA. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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