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The Trans-North Atlantic crossing gets underway in a little over 3 months, with The Transat CIC 2020 starting early May.

Bugger all time for some of the IMOCA 60's (especially Hugo Boss and the just launched, L'Occatane to get it all sorted before the start). Then in June, it's back across the North Atlantic in the Transat New York  - Vendée (Les Sables d'Olonne).

Looking forward to some thrilling racing.

https://www.thetransat.com/news/view/the-pre-notice-of-race-for-15th-edition-of-the-transat-2020-is-published

 

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Looking forward to this one as well . A great solo race with a fantastic history. Wish it still finished in NY.

HB and Charal are not entering the Transat. Spending the time to train on their revised boats. Both should be on the NY VG. 

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Indeed, probably the most historic ocean race, but has lost a lot of it's importance for all sort of reasons.

Also OC Sport Pen Duick, despite it's memorable name, seems to lack inspiration and proper pr management. Their website, nor a google search in French, does not bring up a provisional entrance list, for instance.

@jb5 , when you wake up, give it a try please!

 

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12 hours ago, Fiji Bitter said:

Indeed, probably the most historic ocean race, but has lost a lot of it's importance for all sort of reasons.

Also OC Sport Pen Duick, despite it's memorable name, seems to lack inspiration and proper pr management. Their website, nor a google search in French, does not bring up a provisional entrance list, for instance.

@jb5 , when you wake up, give it a try please!

 

 @Fiji Bitter - The following are all supposed to be 'pre-registered' per the OC site news (no more official listing yet that I can see anywhere. 98 days out or so) -  PRB, Arkea Paprec, Initiatives Coeur, Banque Populaire and Maître Coq.  Charal were clear last year that the timing would not work for them and their first 2020 race is supposed to be the NY-Vendee.  HB sent out a Tweet saying something similar recently.  HB didn't do the last race either which I find interesting.  For the +60 ft multihulls Macif have it down to do as do Gitana on their program for 2020.  This is from the teams social media, not the official race site.  I saw something about the organizers expecting 40 entries which seems maybe a bit low.  It looks like Phil Sharp isn't doing the race on his Hydrogen fuel cell C40 which is a shame.  At least it isn't listed on his sites program.  He seems to have no program in 2020.  Maybe that will change.

The last race was pretty good and was still on basically the classic course.  The first time the gen one foilers came out to play after the carnage of the previous years  TJV.  All the boats were in the marina at North Cove downtown NYC and most of the foils were either on the docks or away for repair in the days after arrival then a bunch of them damaged the foils again soon after the start of the NY-Vendee.  Not too happy with the course this time around if only for historical reasons.

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https://www.scanvoile.com/2020/02/arkea-paprec-sebastien-simon-imoca-monocoque-chantier-2020.html?m=1#.Xjnm43lOm7o

No Transat CIC for Arkea Paprec. They're getting new foils designed for downwind sailing for the VG. So the pre-registration is wrong. 

Sébastien Simon:
“  We established the 2020 program based on the Vendée Globe, conditions that I will meet on this world tour. We will therefore work on the downwind gears by going to the Canaries with a crew. I will then do a solo crossing to New York to validate my qualification for the Vendée Globe. The return will be in the race, during the New-York Vendée which will bring together all the competitors from around the world. "

2020 program
· April 20: launch of ARKEA PAPREC
· May 20: crewed navigation to the Canaries
· End of May: solo Atlantic crossing to New York
· June 16: departure from New York Vendée - Les Sables d'Olonne
· September 9 to 13: Défi Azimut - Lorient
· November 8: start of the Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne
 

Source: M Fraleux

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On 2/4/2020 at 12:03 AM, jb5 said:

Kojiro Shiraishi with DMG MORI Global One is also lining up for both the Transat CIC and the NY Vendee. First races for this new boat. 

 

Nice look on the MOD70 hanging from the ceiling. I wonder if it would fit in my living room... 

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https://www.scanvoile.com/2020/02/apicil-damien-seguin-vendee-globe-monocoque-imoca-.html#.Xj1dZcPYqow

Damien Sequin - Apicil - not doing the Transat.  Delivery trip planned via the Azores to the US for the NY - Vendee.  The boat is getting a new cockpit roof for better protection and being put in full VG mode from the start of the season to verify everything with good time before the VG.

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On 2/5/2020 at 6:10 AM, Ahstom said:

Nice look on the MOD70 hanging from the ceiling. I wonder if it would fit in my living room... 

Beam looks off for a MOD70, too narrow,  Possibly and more likely a Multi 50.  The same boat is in some pictures of the Advens refit (the other ama).  Clearly a shared refit shed facility.

There are a couple of MOD70s in France from what I've read that are up for sale.  Spindrift has been for sale for years and Race for Water also for a while but less than Spindrift.  Both are unlikely to be in refit mode.

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17 hours ago, jb5 said:

Beam looks off for a MOD70, too narrow,  Possibly and more likely a Multi 50.  The same boat is in some pictures of the Advens refit (the other ama).  Clearly a shared refit shed facility.

There are a couple of MOD70s in France from what I've read that are up for sale.  Spindrift has been for sale for years and Race for Water also for a while but less than Spindrift.  Both are unlikely to be in refit mode.

I don't think so, the central hull is clearly longer than the imoca. The picture is shot with a wide angle lens so it's a bit misleading. In fact, ultimboat on Facebook claims it's the old race for water. 

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7 hours ago, rocnoggin said:

Pity the MOD 70 class went tits up.  How sweet it would be so all those boats on the starting line together.

Class had bad timing with the last recession and the no-solo rule was a mistake but the boats are very cool.  Some shots from NY years ago before the one and only Transatlantic race they did.  Photos are a bit crap.  Was no good viewing location as usual.

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On 2/2/2020 at 10:46 PM, jb5 said:

Looking forward to this one as well . A great solo race with a fantastic history. Wish it still finished in NY.

HB and Charal are not entering the Transat. Spending the time to train on their revised boats. Both should be on the NY 

Am I just getting old and grumpy but is the history somehow compromised?

The classic OSTAR from Plymouth took a wide sweep into the north Atlantic, originally finishing in New York and latterly off the Brenton Reef light off Newport Rhode Island.

Somehow finishing in Savannah does not feel the same even though the take off from Brest is not that far south from Plymouth. 

Then we have the Fastnet finishing in Cherbourg and the Golden Globe in Les Sables D'Olonne. 

And of course there was the Whitbread ending up with the boats shipped to Abu Dhabi and visiting China. Hopefully the new The Ocean Race (sponsor wanted - entries dire) will try and get back to a more classic round the world race.

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1 hour ago, winchfodder said:

Am I just getting old and grumpy but is the history somehow compromised?

I agree with you.  They should have changed the name, this isn't the same race and they are compromising the history of the event.

However it would probably have gone away completely without the changes and it's still a multi class ocean race which is great.

With some top IMOCA boats choosing to not do the race that class result is less meaningful.  I'm wondering if any more top IMOCA may also decide to skip it for example Apivia.

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4 hours ago, winchfodder said:

Am I just getting old and grumpy but is the history somehow compromised?

The classic OSTAR from Plymouth took a wide sweep into the north Atlantic, originally finishing in New York and latterly off the Brenton Reef light off Newport Rhode Island.

Somehow finishing in Savannah does not feel the same even though the take off from Brest is not that far south from Plymouth. 

Then we have the Fastnet finishing in Cherbourg and the Golden Globe in Les Sables D'Olonne. 

And of course there was the Whitbread ending up with the boats shipped to Abu Dhabi and visiting China. Hopefully the new The Ocean Race (sponsor wanted - entries dire) will try and get back to a more classic round the world race.

Finishing in Savannah ???

 

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4 hours ago, V21 said:

Finishing in Savannah ???

 

Oops! I should have said Charleston a bit further north. 

Certainly makes for a very different less challenging race than the fog, ice, counter current and contrary winds off Newfoundland and Novia Scotia. 

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54 minutes ago, moody frog said:

Which does not look South enough for the "professionals" given the number of Imocas not entering but getting into the return race ............

So they like the idea of a (hopefully) downwind transat from NY, but not a potentially more windward slog to Charleston?

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Not surprising...

https://www.scanvoile.com/2020/02/ian-lipinski-credit-mutuel-vainqueur-transat-jacques-vabre-2020-programme-saison-.html#.XkKhVGrYqow

Ian Lipinski (C40) entering the race and the follow up Quebec-St. Malo. on Credit Mutuel (parent of the Transat race sponsors CIC).

Slow rate of entries being announced.

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Prysmian Group and Giancarlo Pedote together in the Vendée Globe 2020, the world's most challenging solo race.

Tests on the IMOCA boat successfully completed. Sustainability and social commitment at the centre of the project thanks to the partnership with Electriciens Sans Frontières.

In addition to the Vendée Globe competition, the project calls for participation in a series of preparatory races, in which Giancarlo Pedote will compete aboard an IMOCA 60 with foils. The first tests in the water have been successfully completed in recent days and the boat is ready to face the forthcoming challenges.

https://www.prysmiangroup.com/en/press-releases/prysmian-group-giancarlo-pedote-vendée-globe-2020-world-challenging-race

I've lost track of the origins of this boat. Any clue?

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26 minutes ago, Sailbydate said:

 

I've lost rack of the origins of this boat. Any clue?

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Ucar - St Michel -  Y Elies

Saint Michel - Virbac - JPD

2015 Lauriot-Prévost G. Verdier design 

Looks to have the original foils still 

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https://www.scanvoile.com/2020/02/francois-gabart-macif-pascal-bidegorry-the-transat-ultim-changement-skipper.html#.XlUU0pDYqbg

François Gabart handing over Macif to Pascal Bidegorry for the Transat CIC.  More weight to the story that Pascal has a group that is buying the boat?  Also means that François has sailed his last major race on this boat and now focuses on the new boat.  

François Gabart:
"Obviously, I would have preferred to finish the story with the trimaran Macif in a different way but I will, anyway, continue to sail on board even if it is not in the race. It is very positive to leave the boat to Pascal, who knows him well, who did the first race with me and whom I fully trust so that he finishes the story of the trimaran in the colors of Macif. "


Pascal Bidegorry:
"It is an honor to sail aboard Macif and to have the confidence of François as well as that of the Macif group for The Transat. I was there in 2015 to start the story alongside François and I am here now to finish it. I hope we will have the same success. I have always liked these high sporting challenges which combine envy and combativeness. I am aware of the task, we will together do everything to make this race a success."


Jean-Bernard Le Boucher, director of sailing, Macif group: 
"François, who experienced an end of the 2019 season not without trials but rich in lessons, will be able to recover his physical condition this year and devote himself to monitoring the construction of our new boat."

By the editor
Source: Macif

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"... as it stands at the moment there will be seven Class 40s, 17 IMOCAs and four Ultimes..." 

https://www.thetransat.com/news/view/a-very-high-quality-field-set-to-start-the-transat-cic

Ultimes...

Pascal Bidégorry Macif

Thomas Colville Sodebo

Franck Cammas Gitana

Yves Le Blevec  Actual Leader

Class40

Includes 

Crédit-Mutuel Ian Lipinski

Lamotte Module Création Luke Berry

Imagine Jorg Riechers

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https://mailchi.mp/tipandshaft.com/tip-shaft-203-coronavirus-comment-la-voile-fait-face-michel-desjoyeaux-corum-est-le-bateau-sur-lequel-je-me-suis-le-plus-investi?e=9a497c6fa7

In French.  Re the Virus.  Mentions that the deadline the organizers have set for determining if this race will go forward is the end of March.  For the AG2R Tranast (Figaro) it's the middle of next week,  Speaks to the extensive use of retire people to help with these events.  Not long to go and probably not looking promising.

Not mentioned in the report but impact coming for the VG maybe?  1M people at the start week, several entries without full sponsorship in place, market down the toilet, sponsors feeling the purse strings closing?  All very disappointing. 

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https://mailchi.mp/tipandshaft.com/tip-shaft-205-herv-favre-pour-the-transat-cic-nous-travaillons-sur-un-vnement-cet-t-podcast-yves-le-blevec?e=9a497c6fa7

In French.  Some extracts of an interview with Hervé Favre (OC Sport Pen Duick):

We are in the middle of a consultation period with the city of Brest, CIC, and the classes. In principle, we have the support of CIC and Brest to make an event in the best possible conditions this summer or next year. We sent a survey to our four classes [Ultimes, Multi50, Imoca, Class40] to find out what their preference would be. I think that is the best way to proceed, we cannot go forward on our own.
 
Today, we need at least about six weeks of preparation before being able to launch an event, the minimum duration. But it's not just us, there are also the technical services of the city of Brest, we don't know how quickly they will be able to re-mobilize. ...So today we are working on an event in summer.
 
We are moving towards courses with islands or a virtual way-points to bypass, knowing that we promised the classes that the arrivals would not be spread over two or three weeks. This means that we would do different routes according to the different categories.
 
Merging The Transat CIC and the Transat New York-Vendée-Les Sables d'Olonne ?
This is something that has been mentioned. Today, we do not exclude it, we even say that the best solution would be to have one big event rather than doing two. But Imoca tells us that this would be a very complicated solution to implement.

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