The Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 has begun

Transat Jacques Vabre

The 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre started today (Sunday) at 13:35 (French time) from Le Havre, in Normandy, France in a beautiful light but lively conditions, with 20 knots of north-westerly wind and a choppy sea.

The 37 boats and 74 crew in this bi-annual double-handed transatlantic “Route du Café” will race the 4,350 miles to Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil. Record-breaking conditions are forecast after what promises to be a tough first 48 hours.

Oman Sail has announced earlier today that the team is withdrawing its Class 40 from the race.

Transat Jacques Vabre

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  • Ice


    Eddy Lekens, Ice for his sailing friends, started sailing at the age of 9 and soon started racing with keelboats with his parents. He is the founder and owner of ClubRacer, one of Europe's most popular sailing websites. Eddy Lekens was in 2004 awarded for "best offshore sailor of The Netherlands" for his results with the Audi sailing team. His other passion away from sailing is being a omnichannel ecommerce consultant.