Sailors participating in the next Transat Jacques Vabre have until Thursday 3 p.m. to arrive in Le Havre. This 2021 edition to Martinique will be marked by a record number of participants.

Le Havre is ready to welcome the boats of the Transat Jacques Vabre. 80 sailboats – a record – will leave on November 7 for Fort-de-France in Martinique for the 15th edition of this coffee route. This is the first time that the West Indies will host this double-handed race (two sailors per boat). “At the time that we are experiencing economic revival, it seemed to us as important that the metropolis send a signal to overseas”, underlines the deputy of Le Havre Agnès Firmin Le Bodo who represents the city in the race.

The skippers have until Thursday 3 p.m. to moor in the Paul Vatine basin. “Due to a lack of space, the five big Ultime trimarans will be moored in the neighboring Eure basin and a few Class 40s will be in the Vauban basin”, explains race director Francis Le Goff. Local star Charlie Dalin is also expected in the early afternoon. This is the first time that his Apivia monohull will come to Le Havre and Mayor Edouard Philippe will come out on the water to meet him.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Martinique is also impatiently awaiting the sailboats. “We can not wait to see all these beautiful boats arrive in the bay of Fort-de-France, explains François Baltus Languedoc, director general of the Martinican Tourism Committee. The arrival can be shared by all Martiniquans. We are very proud of also be able to share with all these people our culture, our heritage. Martinique is a land of water sports. ” The first boats should cross the finish line in two weeks.

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