Fuente info TJV
Transat Jacques Vabre race start postponed
Le Havre, France, Sunday 1000hrs CET.
After a meeting between skippers and Race Direction of the Transat Jacques Vabre this morning the start of the biennial race from Le Havre to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, race director Jean Maurel announced the decision to postpone the start.
A prologue race will be staged with a start at 1302hrs.
The decision was taken because of the approach of a very significant low pressure system due to generate storm force winds for the 35 teams of two skippers which were due to set off today, Sunday, at 1302hrs.
Although the weather forecast promises fair winds for the first 24 hours conditions deteriorate from Tuesday.
The arrival of the large very deep depression generates stormy conditions for 48 hours: sustained winds of 45 knots, gusting to 55-60 knots in heavy seas associated with a (8 to 10 m) behind the cold front.
"It's a decision taken as a sailor,” said race director Jean Maurel, “which takes into account the participation of all three classes. We wanted to maintain the overall integrity of the whole fleet "
The start is postponed to a date to be announced later depending on the evolution of this depression. But it will not be set before Wednesday.
The prologue exhibition race will be staged instead, following a 13 miles coastal course. The race organisers and skippers have shown a determination to provide a spectacle for the tens of thousands of visitors and spectators who are in the port for the race start.
The programmed dock-out schedule is maintained, with first IMOCA Open 60’s and Class 40’s due to cast off and leave the Paul Vatine basin at 1030hrs, the start of a parade through the Abeilles quays and along past the parking area of the Musée André Malraux before heading on to the race area.
Make a date!
October 21, 1200 midday: Deadline for arrival of the boat in Le Havre
October 22, 11:00: Inauguration of the Transat Jacques Vabre race village
22 and 23 October: Exhibition Regatta "Regatta Virtual Inshore"
October 30, 10:45: Dock out of the race fleet
October 30, 1:02 p.m.: Start of the 10th Transat Jacques Vabre, how to follow the start
First arrivals IMOCA Multi50 and Costa Rica from November 14, Class40 from November 22
The defending champions 2009 (20 registered)
Safran, Marc Guillemot - Charles Caudrelier Benac
Finished on 24/11/2009 in 15 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes and 10 seconds
at 12.46 knots average
Winner: Crepes Whaou! Franck Yves Escoffier - Erwan Le Roux
Finished on 24/11/2009 in 15 days, 15 hours, 31 minutes and 50 seconds
at 13.41 knots average