Transat Jacques Vabre returns to Brazil
The 20th anniversary Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013 will once again set sail from Le Havre, but this time the finish returns to Brazil and Itajai, familiar as it was a stopover port in the last Volvo Ocean Race.
Itajai in southern Brazil follows numerous other destinations the TJV has taken over the year including Cartagena (Colombia), Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) and most recently Puerto Limon (Costa Rica). At 5395 miles, the course will be longer, taking the boats through the Doldrums and deep into the South Atlantic.
This news comes after the announcement of new race management for the French biennial doublehanded race with Manfred Ramspacher's company Sirius Evenements taking over from Pen Duick. The event will be open to Class 40s, IMOCA 60s and Multi50s, although other classes (and here we're thinking of the MOD70s) have until 1 February to decide whether or not they are going to come and play.
The start of the Transat Jacques Vabre will be on 3 November, with the usual build-up razzamattazz the week before.