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12,000 miles lined up in 2019 to celebrate 15 years!

by Class40 16 Feb 08:20 PST
Class40 fleet - Route du Rhum 2018 © Christophe Breschi

Founded in 2004, the Class40 Association celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019; on the agenda to celebrate this anniversary, more than 12,000 miles of races.

Anniversary

Fifteen years, 157 boats (soon to be 159), almost 600 members since its creation, a well-deserved place in the international nautical scene that have created some beautiful stories... but we do not rest on our laurels! Last season ended with a Route du Rhum that saw a record number of 53 Class40's at the start and a new benchmark for finishing the race, down to 16 days. An accomplished history, setting the stage to make the coming years just as successful.

12,000 miles for 2019, just for the championship

The 12,573 nm of racing programmed over the next six events and 10 months will determine the 2019 Class40 Champion. To seize the crown, the champion will need to perform again this year, starting next week.

The season begins with the very tactical RORC Caribbean 600 in which ten Class40's will participate. Then it will be time to return to Europe thanks to the first edition of the Atlantic Challenge (Pointe-à-Pitre / La Rochelle via Horta), which will bring together about fifteen boats. A more "classic" program will follow with the Normandy Channel Race, Les Sables-Horta and the RORC Rolex Fastnet Race. Finally, the Transat Jacques Vabre will culminate he 2019 season and wrap up the 15th anniversary of the Class 40 on the race course.

Great years ahead

The following seasons are just as exciting!! In 2020, the Atlantic Tour quadrennial returns with The Transat, the Atlantic Cup, Quebec Saint-Malo and the Normandy Channel Race. Then it will be time again to prepare the next edition of the Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe which will host, we hope, about sixty Class40's.

2019 Championship:

  • RORC Caribbean 600 (600nm) 18 February
  • Défi Atlantique (3500nm) 23 March
  • Normandy Channel Race (1000nm) 19 May
  • Les Sables Horta (2500nm) 30 June
  • Rolex Fastnet race (600nm) 3 August
  • Transat Jacques Vabre (4350) 27 October
Full programmme at class40.com/fr/calendrier

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