Class 40s across the Atlantic

We speak to Tanguy de LaMotte and Jorg Reichers about this weekend's Solidaire du Chocolat and the controversial(ish) Mach 40
Transatlantic races are set to get underway imminently in France. The Figaro class’ doublehanded Transat AG2R is due to set sail from Concarneau on 21 April bound for St Barts (with a line-up including Artemis Offshore Academy members Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry). But this Sunday at 1730 local time sees the start of the Class 40’s Solidaire du Chocolat, from Saint Nazaire at the mouth of the Loire in western France, ending up 5,000 miles away at Progreso on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. En route the boats must leave the Azores island of Flores, St Barts, the Dominican Republic/Haiti and Cuba all to starboard. This is the Class 40’s second Solidaire du Chocolat after the first event was held in the autumn of 2009, won by Tanguy de LaMotte and Adrien Hardy on board Initiatives-Novedia. The 14 strong fleet that competed in that race is down a little this year with 11 boats taking part, but the level of competition is if anything stronger. Boat Skipper Co-skipper Type Launched Designer AGIR Recouvrement/Bureau Veritas