4 RENOWNED FRENCH BOAT RACES
TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE - Historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil
The Transat Jacques Vabre is a two-handed yacht race that follows the historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil. It is named after a French brand of coffee. Boats leave from Le Havre, France's leading coffee importing port, going to Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil, the world's leading coffee grower and exporter.
The origins of the Transat Jacques Vabre are based on historical maritime Atlantic routes: the latest of these tie in with the economic growth between the American and European continents. This commercial coffee route’s humble origins started in 1728 when just 80 pounds of coffee grain was offloaded in the port of Le Havre.
Jacques Vabre and the town of Le Havre celebrate this maritime route like the Tea Tour (from Hong Kong to London) or the Gold Route (from New York to San Francisco).
©Transat Jacques Vabre
Discover more about the history of the coffee route: https://www.transatjacquesvabre.org/en/history
ROUTE DU RHUM – The transatlantic rum trading route in solo
© Route du Rhum
The Route du Rhum is a transatlantic single-handed yacht race, which takes place every 4 years. The course is between Saint Malo, Brittany, France and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Originated in the need to restore the image of Guadeloupe after the eruption of Soufriere in 1976 that led to the evacuation of the southern part of Basse-Terre. To promote Guadeloupe, the sugar rum trade union of the Caribbean decided to propose a new sailing race ending arrival in the West Indies, in Guadeloupe, a producer of sugar cane and therefore rum.
New record in 2018 by French sailor Francis Joyon in 7 days.
© Route du Rhum
More about the history of the race: https://www.routedurhum.com/en/page/history
Around the world, solo, non-stop, without assistance
The Vendée Globe is considered an extreme quest of individual endurance and the ultimate test in ocean racing. It is a single-handed non-stop yacht race (monohull) around the world without assistance. It is named after the Département of Vendée, in France, where the race starts and ends.
New record in 2017 by French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h in 74 days.
THE JULES VERNE TROPHY
Around the world, any type of boat, any size of crew
The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew.
It is named in reference to the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days in which Phileas Fogg travels the globe in 80 days.
New record in 2017 by French sailor Francis Joyon in 40 days on a maxi trimaran.
©The Jules Verne Trophy
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