Today in Le Havre (France) was the start of the 14th Transat Jacques Vabre, which is often called the Coffee race. Participants have to overcome 4350 nautical miles from Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Race double-handed, i.e., on each boat – for two people.
Way off the court three classes – class 40 (27 boats), Multi50 (3) and IMOCA60 (29). As we mentioned, special attention this time confined to the third, the mass of them. Among the 29-year-IMOCA60 boats hydrofoil equipped 16. With five of them launched recently, all of them super fast and as claimed, are intended to revolutionize the classroom.
Briton Alex Thomson, skipper of one of these yachts and, perhaps, the most hyped of them all – Hugo Boss (in the race Thompson went with compatriot Neil McDonald, who is 7 times was a participant in the around the world Volvo Ocean Race), a couple of weeks before the start said that this year the leaders of the IMOCA60 can go the distance to Salvador for 10 days (the current record for the class is 13 days).
But most likely this achievement will stand: maximum speed will prevent a huge area of low pressure with its epicenter in the region of the Azores. According to new forecasts, for the victory will need to have 4350 miles for 14 – 15 days.
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