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The Transat Jacques Vabre boat race has changed somewhat over the years, but has retained its founding values: a race to a ‘coffee’ destination, east to west across the Atlantic, from Europe to the Americas, a double-handed race (since 1995) with several classes and fully committed to sustainable development. The race has thus visited the world’s leading coffee-producing countries, setting out from Le Havre, France’s leading port for imports of the beverage: Cartagena in Colombia (from 1993 to 1999), Salvador de Bahia in Brazil (from 2001 to 2007), Puerto Limón in Costa Rica (2009 and 2011), and Itajaí in Brazil (2013 and 2015).

Since the outset, the Transat Jacques Vabre has known a number of different routes and departure points. Now, however, there is a single departure point and a single route linking Le Havre to the destination city. The Transat Jacques Vabre is the longest double-handed transatlantic race following a north-east/south-west route.

Come along to Le Havre from 27 October to 5 November, see the boats entered in this year’s race and enjoy the many free events (introductory trip out on a sailing boat in the Eure river basin, kite workshops, wind turbine craft activity for children, and so on), street performers, fireworks and, of course, the festivities in the race village every evening, including the first ever Bal des Pipelettes, specially for the Transat!

Village de la Transat Jacques Vabre au Havre​ © Erick Levilly – Ville du Havre

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A ‘coffee’ destination

Bassin Paul Vatine
27 October  / 05 November 

Bassin Paul Vatine
Quai Frissard
76000 Le Havre

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