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Transat Jacques Vabre new departure date

IMOCA 60s, Multi50s and Class40s to set sail on Wednesday

Monday October 31st 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

After detailed weather analysys and consultation Transat Jacques Vabre Race Director, Jean Maurel, has announced that the start of the tenth edition of the doublehanded handed transatlantic race will take place Wednesday, November 2 at 1500 CET.

On Wednesday, the worst of the violent low pressure which forced the organisers of the Transat Jacques Vabre to postpone the start will be spent. Even so the first hours of the race, from Le Havre out of the Channel will still be quite tough with the wind SSW 15-20 knots strengthening with gusts in big squalls and a heavy swell after the front. After the frontal passage associated with depression, the wind will switch to the northwest. The boats will then be able to reach faster, driven by a wind from the west-northwest. The early stages of the race are likely to be fast.

Time-line Wednesday (all CET/Local)

1130hrs: Weather Briefing for skippers
1300hrs : boats dock out from the Paul Vatine Basin
1500hrs: start of the 10th Transat Jacques Vabre
After they cross the start line, the 35 competitors will turn at the General Metzinger buoy, 4 miles north-west of the line, leaving it to
port. Then head for Costa Rica.

The course

For monohulls (IMOCA and Class 40): 4730 miles - leaving Dominican Republic to starboard and arrived in Puerto Limon

For Multi50: 5323 miles - Saint Barts to port and Barbados to starboard, finish in Puerto Limon

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