Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Transat Jacques Vabre - New direction for 20th anniversary edition

by Anne Millet on 12 Oct 2012
Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 © Alexis Courcoux
The 2013 edition will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Transat Jacques Vabre, marking a step forward for the race and at the same time honouring its long heritage. The organizing body, Association Transat Jacques Vabre, has thus decided to elect Manfred Ramspacher and Sylvie Viant from Sirius Evénements, as the new race directors.

'For its 20th anniversary the Transat Jacques Vabre has chosen a new race direction, an important step forward for the event and the first move towards the 2013 edition which will feature a brand new format. Besides safety, which stands at the centre of its mission, the Race Direction will aim for a better relationship with sailors, classes and owners to help establish the Transat Jacques Vabre as a leading-edge sailing event. We have made the choice by taking into consideration experience, scrupulousness and the will to further develop the race from a sports point of view. Moreover, the organisers’ consultant Alain Gautier, has helped us in the selection process.' Explained Jacques Rosio, Director of the Coffee division at Kraft/Mondelez Europe.

Agnès Firmin Le Bodo, vice-mayoress of Le Havre declared: 'The choice of a new race direction is the results of a long process that started in 2011 with the creation of the Association Transat Jacques Vabre that is in charge of the event’s organization. It will thus be the company Sirius Evénements in the person of Manfred Ramspacher and Sylvie Viant to take over this important role. We can well say that the Transat is a key event in the offshore sailing calendar, and as much as five proposals have been examined before taking a decision. Also, in Le Havre we already know Sirius Evénements as the organizing company of the Normandy Sailing Week and Sylvie Viant is a well-respected professional among skippers. We needed to have a strong team to start working on the event at the highest level.'

The 11th edition of the double-handed transatlantic race that will start in the autumn of 2013 is taking a new route, the first step being the appointment of Manfred Ramspacher and Sylvie Viant as Race Directors.

'Our mission will be: to prepare and manage carefully the sports aspects of the race, to establish a good relationship with the various classes to have an excellent lineup and to oversee the technical aspects of race direction. It’s undoubtedly a huge responsibility that we will share with the other directors under the authority of the Association Transat Jacques Vabre' underlined Manfred Ramspacher. 'When we were informed we had been appointed I felt contented and a great sense of responsibility for the task we are called for and that has already started: to keep the race’s heritage alive, to give it a new spirit and be able to answer the organizers’, the sailors’ and the sponsor’s needs in the best possible way.'

'I’ve first worked for the Transat Jacques Vabre back in 1995, it was the second edition. At that time there was no real race direction but being the president of the race committee I had a role in running the race too. I’m happy and delighted to be working with the organizers and with Manfred, with whom I co-operated in the past for the Tour de France à la voile and whose human and professional qualities I appreciate highly.' Declared Sylvie Viant, the newly appointed Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 race director.

The first rendezvous of the Transat Jacques Vabre will be at the Paris Boat show on Saturday, December 8th Transat Jacques Vabre website
Colligo Marine 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted today at 7:56 pm
Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted today at 2:51 am
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug