an eventful departure and Imocas at the dock


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Transat Jacques Vabre: the big start is given

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France Télévisions – Sports Editorial

The weather conditions disrupted the organization of the departure of the transatlantic on Sunday. The 40 Imoca remained at the port of Le Havre, the Class40 and Ocean Fifty will make a stop in Lorient.

Rough seas, strong gusts of wind, threatening skies. The start of the 16th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre was given on Sunday October 29, in difficult weather conditions. After ensuring in the middle of the week that the double-handed race would start from Le Havre on the scheduled day, the organizers had to review their logistics at the last moment. Only the five Ultim maxi-trimarans set sail, at 1:05 p.m., towards Fort-de-France according to the planned program.


Transat Jacques Vabre: departure of the Class40s

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The other boats, slower on the waves, saw their race plan disrupted. The six Ocean Fifty multihulls and the 40 Class40 monohulls crossed the starting line at 1:17 p.m. and 1:41 p.m. respectively. But everyone will be forced to make a stopover in Lorient at the start of the week to take shelter and avoid low seas which could reach ten meters in the middle of the week. They will resume the race once the beating has passed.

“The start of this second stage will be given as a fleet and the ranking established on arrival in Martinique is the sum of the times of the two stages”, said Francis Le Goff, the race director on Saturday. As for the 40 Imoca, Vendée Globe monohulls, they all remained at the dock, due to lack of sufficient space in Lorient. The date of their departure is still unknown.

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