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  • Limping Back To The Start: Converting An Ocean 50 Into A Proa

    Limping Back To The Start: Converting An Ocean 50 Into A Proa



    On the 2nd day of the Transat Jacques Vabre, Luke Berry and Antoine Joubert suffered serious damage aboard their Ocean Fifty Le Rire Medecin Lamotte. We contacted Luke a few hours after he brought his injured trimaran back into the port of Saint Malo.

    Off the coast of the Iberian Peninsula, shortly after the start of the second stage of the Transat Jacques Vabre , Luke Berry dismasted and suffered serious damage to his trimaran Le Rire Medecin Lamotte. On his return from...
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  • Top Dogs In Class 40 Decided In Transat Jacques Vabre

    Top Dogs In Class 40 Decided In Transat Jacques Vabre

    Forza Italia! Ambrogio Beccaria and Nico Andrieu win Class 40



    All photos copyright Jean-Marie Liot / Alea

    Italian skipper Ambrogio Beccaria and French co-skipper Nicolas Andrieu sailing the all Italian Musa 40 Alla Grande PIRELLI took first place in the highly competitive Class40 race on the 16th Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre two handed race when they crossed the finish line off Fort-de-France, Martinique in beautiful morning sunshine at 08:01:36
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  • The King Of Transatlantics Takes Another Bullet

    The King Of Transatlantics Takes Another Bullet





    Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagraviere (For People) take first place in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre in the IMOCA category (before jury)


    When they broke the finish line of the 30th anniversary edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre off Fort-de-France, Martinique in the inky darkness of this Sunday morning at 0202hrs local time, (0602hrs UTC) Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagraviere (For People) won the IMOCA race. (subject to Jury)
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  • The 1st Two Ultim's Arrive In Martinique

    The 1st Two Ultim's Arrive In Martinique

    13 November 2023 - 11h54
    Happy Monday mood in the Trade Winds



    The Monday morning mood is generally upbeat and good among the duos racing on the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. After Martinique welcomed the first two ULTIM pairs last night there is always a mental lift for the fleet as – even if it is along way off – there is an now an end in sight.








    A long time in the making....Armel Le Cl?ac’h
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  • Steering Damage To Gitana 17

    Steering Damage To Gitana 17

    Transat Jacques Vabre


    Serious damage to the steering system aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild


    Friday, 10 November, 2023 -

    After 12 days of racing, the leading ULTIMs are attacking the home straight of their epic 7,500-mile course across the Atlantic and are currently sailing downwind towards the northern hemisphere, immediately adjacent to a large exclusion zone along the north coast of Brazil where navigation is not permitted. For the men
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  • A Challenging 1st 24 Hours For IMOCA, Tight Racing Across The Fleets!

    08 November 2023 - 11h23

    The battle is raging at every level





    With the two leading ULTIM trimarans are about to round Ascension Island together before a decisive 3000-mile downwind run to Fort de France, the IMOCAs and Class40s are fighting it out in or behind the front moving into the near-Atlantic this morning.

    The situation will become clearer for both classes later today. There are no big changes for the Ocean Fifty multihulls
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  • The IMOCA's Blast Out Of Le Havre

    The IMOCA's Blast Out Of Le Havre

    We have lift off……Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre IMOCA fleet off and flying



    After an impressive start from Le Havre OT 0830HRS utc this morning in SW’ly winds of 20-25kts, the IMOCA fleet on the 16th Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre double handed race to Martinique were making great speeds westwards towards the entrance to the English Channel, led by one of the pre-race favourites Jeremie Beyou and Franck Cammas on Charal.



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  • The IMOCA's Are In The Starting Gates

    The IMOCA's Are In The Starting Gates

    November 6, 2023

    40 IMOCAs which have been starving to start are ready to rumble!




    At 9:30 tomorrow morning, the 40 IMOCAs will finally set off from Le Havre and the entire fleet of the four classes of the 16th Transat Jacques Vabre Normandy Le Havre will then point its bows towards Fort de France. With 25 knots of wind forecast, the conditions will be bracing but manageable and should deliver superb images broadcast live between the start line and a
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  • Excessive Winds Keep 3 Fleets In Port While Ultim's Progress Slowed By Light Air

    01 November 2023 - 13h06
    Starting again Sunday still being looked at for the IMOCAs, nothing before Monday for the Class40 and Ocean Fifty boats




    At a press meeting this lunchtime, Francis Le Goff, the Race Director and Gildas Gautier, co-director of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, ran through the various scenarios for the start for the boats currently on hold in Le Havre and Lorient.

    We have just finished our latest look at the
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  • An Early Exit For Ultim Team Members

    An Early Exit For Ultim Team Members

    So you want to be part of the Ultim media team, or start assist crew and be aboard at the start?



    That's all fine and well, but rules don't allow for extra, potential helping hands, so, once you have completed the task, it's time for a quick departure!



    Sorry, but the support RIB's cannot keep up with these maxi trimarans, but if you are nice, they might swing by and give you a lift back to shore!




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  • The 1st 48 Hours On Gitana 17

    The 1st 48 Hours On Gitana 17

    Anticyclonic ridge straight ahead and slowdown announced





    Leaving Le Havre on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m., the fleet of giants has just spent two trying days for both the men and the machines. But if this start of the race was clearly marked by the breeze and strong seas - more than 50 knots recorded in the Channel and almost 5 meters yesterday offshore - the openers will come up against a large anticyclonic ridge in the next few months. hours. This real meteorological
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  • The Maxi Ultim Tris Blazing The Trail To Cape Finisterre

    The Maxi Ultim Tris Blazing The Trail To Cape Finisterre

    Transat Jacques Vabre


    In the pack bound for Cape Finisterre



    Monday 30 October, 2023 - At 12:05 UTC yesterday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her adversaries were the first to take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre – Normandie Le Havre. In a SSW’ly wind of around thirty knots and heavy seas, the five duos signed up for the ULTIM class were able to show off the potential of their fantastic giants of the seas, powered up at over 35
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  • A Blustery Start For The Transat Jacques Vabre

    A Blustery Start For The Transat Jacques Vabre

    29 October 2023 - 16h33



    Three classes enjoy great start to Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, IMOCAs remain in port.
    Strong, gusty winds and choppy seas made for a spectacular start to the 16th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre for three of the four race fleets today. While the ULTIM, Ocean Fifty and Class 40 races set off on time, in 20-25kts the 40 boat IMOCA fleet remain in Le Havre after their start was postponed due to forecasted
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