The Transat Jacques Vabre 2005 is a sailing race involving two-person crews in 50 and 60 foot monohull and multihull racing yachts. They started the race in Le Havre, France in early November and are already well on their way to the race finish in Salvador de Bahia. A Google Earth network link file is being provided by the GIS software company ESRI for following the Transat Jaque Vabre race.
I’m sorry I didn’t report on this one sooner, but the race is still quite exciting as there is no clear winner at the front. The complete race is nearly 4500 nautical miles in length. There are many more boats in this race compared to the Volvo Ocean Race I wrote about earlier. Near the front of the 60 foot monohull class is Sill et Veolia which is crewed by a famous pair of sailors: Roland Jordain and Ellen MacArthur. This should be an exciting finish.
If you’re wondering…
If you’re wondering why some of the boats are headed more east, it’s because the multihull boats (which sail faster) have to go around a the Ascension Islands as part of their course. This is intended to make the finish of the multihulls be closer in time to the monohulls for the spectators.