Please select your home edition
Edition
Trident-UK 2012 May
Product Feature
Coastal Turmoil - Winds, waves and tidal races by Ken Endean
Coastal Turmoil - Winds, waves and tidal races by Ken Endean
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Debriefing the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre

by David Schmidt 12 Nov 2019 16:00 GMT November 12, 2019
Apivia - Transat Jacques Vabre © Jean-Louis Carli/Alea

While the winds were much lighter than average for this weekend's Round The County Race here in the Pacific Northwest, conditions were significantly more boisterous in the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV). This 4,335 nautical mile biennial race challenges Class 40, Multi-50 and IMOCA 60 sailors with a course that stretches from Le Harve, France, to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. While the TJV is still unfurling for plenty of sailors, co-skippers Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès, sailing aboard Apivia, sent the course in 13 days, 12 hours and 8 minutes to take first place in the ultra-competitive IMOCA 60 class.

Dalin and Elies were followed across the finishing line by Kévin Escoffier and Nicolas Lunven, sailing aboard PRB, and by Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt, sailing aboard Charal.

North American interests were well-represented by co-skippers Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry, sailing aboard 11th Hour Racing (nee Hugo Boss), who finished in fifth place in the IMOCA 60 class with a time of 14 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds.

"It was a wild race," said Enright in an official 11th Hour Racing press release. "I went in with no expectations for us but the race itself lived up to everything I thought it would be. It was a great race. We were always pushing, always pushing, always pushing - and it went both ways. Both of us were pushing each other."

Enright and Bidégorry's strong finish wasn't without its share of tough challenges. Aside from the usual pressures of working the correct weather routing, the pair found some serious cruxes on November 5 when they lost - and recovered - a sail overboard, before finding a solid object with the keel, spotting a waterspout, and then playing nurse-cum-mechanic with the boat's overheated engine.

"[That] will go down as some of the craziest in my sailing lifetime," said Enright. "We had a 24-hour blip on the radar. It was literally one thing after another. Probably kept us from being on the podium, but I think the way we dealt with it... was pretty amazing... Finishing fifth after all the adversity we faced. That's a pretty big deal for me."

Meanwhile, amongst the multihulls, co-skippers Gilles Lamiré and Antoine Carpentier, sailing aboard Groupe GCA - Mille et un sourires, took the win in the Multi 50 class, beating out Thibaut Vauchel Camus and Fred Duthil, who were sailing aboard Solidaires En Peleton - ARSEP, and Sébastien Rogues and Matthieu Souben, sailing aboard Primonial.

For a point of comparison between the IMOCA 60 and Multi 50 classes, Dalin and Eliès earned their proud IMOCA 60 win with a time of 13 days, 12 hours and 8 minutes, while Lamiré and Carpentier dispatched with these same miles in just 11 days, 16 hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds, despite being 10 feet shorter, LOA.

While the contest has been decided for the fastest IMOCA 60 sailors and the three-strong Multi 50 fleet, the race is still very much of an ongoing concern for Class 40 sailors.

As of this writing, co-skippers Ian Lipinski and Adrien Hardy, sailing aboard Credit Mutuel, are sitting in the pole position, followed by Sam Goodchild and Fabien Delahaye, sailing aboard Leyton, and Aymeric Chappellier and Pierre Leboucher, sailing aboard Aina Enfance & Avenir.

But, with more than 500 nautical miles nautical miles still separating Credit Mutuel's bow from the finishing line, and with only (ballpark) 65 miles separating Credit Mutuel's stern from Leyton's bow, this race is still an open and ongoing story amongst the Class 40s.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt
Sail-World.com North American Editor

Related Articles

Just how hard can it be?
You've won multiple World Championships, and not just in the one class... You've won multiple World Championships, and not just in the one class mind you. Try a very impressive three styles of boat. You even have the ultimate colour of Olympic bling in the trophy cabinet. Posted on 19 Jan
That man Lilley
Latest Sail-World Australia newsletter from John Curnow When he won the medal race at the recent Finn Gold Cup, it was not some random event. Jake Lilley has been at it for a while. It's called work ethic... Posted on 12 Jan
Highs and Lows
They go together in a symbiotic circle to form our weather patterns They go together in a symbiotic circle to form our weather patterns. In life, they also seem to always be in close proximity to one another, as well. Normally, this is a truly a wonderful time of year in Australia. Posted on 5 Jan
Jack Graham-Troll 2019 season round-up
The GJW Direct sponsored sailor has had a great season in the Laser 4.7 Sometimes you have to look back to realise how far you've come and GJW Direct sponsored sailor Jack Graham-Troll has done just that. Posted on 31 Dec 2019
Let's start with a round of applause
During the busy Sydney-Hobart period, readership of Sail-World.com was up 20%... Thank you. During the busy Sydney-Hobart period, readership of Sail-World.com was up 20% over the same period from last year, and that's all because of you. So thank you. Posted on 29 Dec 2019
More than 50%
Last week's newsleter cast a spotlight on the ever-changing world of SailGP Last week's We'll take 50% cast a bit of a spotlight on the ever-changing world of SailGP. This week we can say that it would appear that there is more than a 50% chance that it will be Copenhagen that gets the Danish Round of SailGP... Posted on 22 Dec 2019
Podcast: An extraordinary 10 years of sailing
Andy Rice, Mark Jardine and James Boyd discuss the sailing decade In the last podcast before Christmas, Andy Rice joins with fellow sailing journalist James Boyd and Mark Jardine, managing editor of Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com to look back on an extraordinary 10 years of sailing. Posted on 21 Dec 2019
The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2019: Part 2
Andy Rice and Mark Jardine discuss the most popular stories Intro paragraph to go here...In the second and concluding part of the Top 10 biggest stories of 2019, the list from 5 to 1 looks like more familiar territory (compared with some of the wild and wacky revelations in Part 1). Posted on 17 Dec 2019
We'll take 50%
Last week we saw it would be NED or DEN entering SailGP Last week in Pretty Handy, we noted that it was either going to be the Netherlands or Denmark that got the brand new seventh boat for the second season of SailGP. It was the latter, so we will certainly take that 50% as a pass mark. Posted on 15 Dec 2019
The Unsung Wise Man
Reg Bratt's remarkable contribution to British dinghy sailing exposed Today, nearly half a century after he was so very much hands on in the dinghy world, Weymouth's Reginald 'Reg' Bratt has a mind as sharp as ever. We look at his remarkable engineering breakthroughs, surprising designs, and speed records. Posted on 13 Dec 2019