Transat Jacques Vabre - Class40s

Mark Lloyd /
We look at the hot boats setting off from Le Havre tomorrow
The most competitive element of the Transat Jacques Vabre, if it does finally set sail tomorrow, will be the Class40, featuring by far the biggest fleet in the French biennial doublehanded race down the Atlantic from Le Havre to Itajai. Not only are there 26 Class40 taking part, albeit a relatively modest line-up compared to the 50+ boats anticipated for next year’s Route du Rhum (thanks to the extra influx for that event of Figaro sailors and sponsor-less IMOCA skippers), but, demonstrating the strength of the class, seven of these were newly launched this year from a wide range of designers. Boat Crew Design Built/type Vaquita Christof Petter, Andreas Hanakamp Humphreys 2013 Ocean Tec Concise 8 Ned Collier Wakefield, Sam Goodchild Ker