The idea for the 1000 Milles Brittany Ferries race is simple: a 1000 mile long course held on the same routes as Brittany Ferries destinations, stopping at each port for just six hours. Thus the course is once again Saint Malo-Plymouth-Santander-Saint-Malo.
"The race tests the new prototypes, in various weather conditions," said competitor Jean-Edouard Criquioche at the end of the last race. "We went through all possible conditions imaginable. A very good test! "added another Benoit Parnaudeau, while Yvan Noblet said: "We will take part in the next edition of 1000 Miles Brittany Ferries; it's a great race and course. "
The first race was held in August 2007 saw eight crews competing, many using the event as a qualification for the Transat Jacques Vabre. The skippers tackled the English Channel, before long leg across the Bay of Biscay. Here three crews were forced to abandon the race: Chocolats Monbana, sistership Appart City and Merci les Amis. Those arriving at the Spanish coast experienced a lack of wind. Finally the reverse route back along the Brittany coast to the start port: Saint-Malo. After a week of racing it was Dominic Vittet and Thierry Chabagny on ATAO Audio Systems, which took first place. Second on the podium was Parnaudeau/Caso on Jardin Bio-Prévoir. Jean-Edouard Criquioche and Louis Duc on Choice Hotels were third.
This year's race will start on 24 August shortly after the Quebec-Saint Malo. It will have particular connotations for the ferry company, that marks 30 years on the Plymouth-Santander line.