Half TJV fleet sign up for new race from Brazil 1/10/07

A new race has been launched for competitors returning to Europe following the Transat Jacque Vabre.

The Transat B to B is a 4,000-mile singlehanded transatlantic race open to Imoca monohulls from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil to La Forêt-Fouesnant, Brittany.

So far the event has attracted over half of the contenders who’ll be competing in the forthcoming Vendée Globe, with many using this new event as a qualifier.

With the Transat Jacques Vabre finishing in Salvador da Bahia sometime between the 16-20 November, organisers have scheduled start for the Transat B to B for 25 November which could change depending on finishing times into Bahia.

Confirmed registrations (14 entrants)

  • Akena Vérandas : Arnaud Boissières (Groupe Finot 1998)
  • Artemis : Jonny Malbon (Owen Clarke 2003)
  • Aviva : Dee Caffari (Groupe Finot 1998)
  • Brit Air : Armel Le Cléac’h (Groupe Finot 2007)
  • Cheminées Poujoulat : Bernard Stamm (Farr 2003)
  • Ecover : Mike Golding (Owen Clarke 2007)
  • Foncia : Michel Desjoyeaux (Farr 2007)
  • Generali : Yann Eliès (Groupe Finot 2007)
  • Great America III : Rich Wilson (Nivelt 1999)
  • Groupe Bel : Kito de Pavant (VPLP-Verdier 2007)
  • Pindar : NC (Kouyoumdjian 2007)
  • Spirit of Canada : Derek Hatfield (Owen Clarke 2006)
  • Roxy : Samantha Davies (Groupe Finot 2000)
  • Safran : Marc Guillemot (VPLP-Verdier 2007)