5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss the Transat Jacques Vabre !

Also known as the Route du Café, the legendary double-handed transatlantic race links Le Havre to the Bay of Fort-de-France and will start on November 7th.
172 skippers will take part in this extraordinary adventure, and a little bird told us that Le Havre will be "the place to be" of this fall.
To know everything about the Transat Jacques Vabre, follow the guide!

1. It is one of the most mythical offshore races in the world

Crossing the Atlantic on a racing boat? It is the dream of many skippers who are more and more each year to participate in the adventure.
Born in 1993, it is the longest double-handed transatlantic race, non-stop and without assistance. In its early days, the race followed in the footsteps of the great navigators of the 18th century, linking Le Havre, the largest coffee port in France, to Cartagena in Colombia. It has been a true springboard for many skippers and has become a must-do for all lovers of ocean racing.

2. Our boss is competing, so we don’t have a choice really…

Great winner of the 2019 edition, it is alongside Yvan Bourgnon that Gilles Lamiré is taking the sea again. The duo had already faced winds and tides on this same route aboard the Ocean Fifty GCA – 1001 Sourires in 2015, but had been forced to abandon after hitting a container. Today, they are back together as a team, more motivated than ever to go for the first place on the podium that they have both already reached (in 2019 for Gilles Lamiré and 1997 for Yvan Bourgnon)… We wish them all the best!

3. The village welcomes you for 10 days of festivities

From October 29th to November 7th, the Transat Jacques Vabre village will be in Le Havre. Many activities will be offered to learn more about the world of sailing but also about the ocean. What a great way to spend the All Saints’ weekend with family or friends, and to put on the adventurer’s suit for a while. Find here the full program of this 2021 edition!

4. We will be there to offer you a lot of activities – see you at The SeaCleaners booth!

We never miss an opportunity to come and meet you, and especially not this one. For this very special event, we’re pulling out all the stops to teach you all about plastic pollution and our oceans, while having fun. On the program, awareness animations, Mantawa tournaments, clean-ups and picnics, and lots of games developed by our teams! Stay tuned on our social networks to follow the program of the week.

5. The Manta will be open for visits …

… almost! Come aboard the Manta with our virtual reality goggles to visit the world’s largest waste collection ship! From the bridge to the factories, open your eyes for an immersive journey into the future.

Just a year ago, the health crisis forced us to leave Les Sables d’Olonne before the start of the Vendée Globe sailing race. This year and as the sailors ans ocean lovers we are, we’re delighted to be able to live again the atmosphere of a race star! See you there ?

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