Transat Jacques Vabre - multihull form guide


Steve Ravussin's Banque Covefi
 

Steve Ravussin's Banque Covefi

James Boyd looks at what lies in store for the 60ft trimarans
The Transat Jacques Vabre two handed transatlantic race kicks off this weekend from Le Havre in northern France. The monohulls are due to start on Saturday followed by the multihulls on the Sunday, although the forecast particularly for the Sunday is looking dismal and there is every chance of a postponement (see page 2). It will be the second time the Transat Jacques is held on this course - from Le Havre to Salvador da Bahia in Brazil (the first four races went to Cartagena in Columbia) with the monohulls taking a direct course and the multihulls having to round Ascension Island in the middle of the south Atlantic. The monohull course is 4,340 miles long while it is 5,300 for the multihulls. It is the sixth time this biennial race is being held and 10 years down the track, the race is turning into one of the classic French shorthanded transoceanic events, attracting massive crowds down to the docks here at the Basin Paul Vatine (named after the popular trimaran skipper lost overboard in the 1999 race) to see the spectacular fleet. At present with majors events such as the Route du Rhum and the Vendee Globe 'open class' racing, be it in monohulls or multihulls, is going through a highly buoyant period in France and among the 39 competing yachts taking part in the Transat Jacques Vabre are 14 60ft trimarans and 17 Open 60s. Both are highly competitive fleets with all but two of the tris in with a chance of winning and around eight of the Open 60s. Today we will be looking at the form in the 60ft trimaran class while we will follow this tomorrow with our look at the Open 60s. 60ft trimarans Odds Boat Crew Nat Designer Comments to win 60ft tris 7:1      Groupama Franck Cammas & Franck Proffit Fr VPLP 1998 Won most regattas this year 8:1     Géant Michel Desjoyeaux

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