Transat Jacques Vabre sets sail

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Light winds, choppy seas, grey skies and lots of drizzle greeted competitors as they embarked on the 11th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre yacht race.

Recent storm across England and the channel caused the postponement of the race.

But on Thursday the 44 boats in four categories including multi and mono hulls began the double-handed race that follows the historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil.

Starting in Le Havre in north-western France the fleet will make their way down the Atlantic and cover some 5500 nautical miles before reaching the race’s new destination of Itajaí on the southern shores of Brazil.

French pair Jean-Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou won the tenth edition of the race:

For this edition Beyou has teamed up with compatriot Christopher Pratt, while another pre race favourite include Vendee Globe winner François Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux aboard Macif.