A very high-quality field set to start The Transat CIC
The legendary passage across the North Atlantic has proven one of the most difficult challenges to the solo sailor over the last 60 years.
The legendary passage across the North Atlantic has proven one of the most difficult challenges to the solo sailor over the last 60 years. Although the start and finish ports for the 15th edition of The Transat CIC have changed from the traditional course, now leaving Brest in France on May 10th 2020 and finishing in Charleston, South Carolina in the USA, it will still be one of the stiffest solo tests in ocean racing, dealing with Spring’s usual succession of chilly Atlantic low pressure systems whilst racing amongst what looks set to be a very high level in each of the three classes.
The 3,400 nautical mile race follows a course which is often upwind into the prevailing systems and seas. It takes place every four years and this 60th anniversary edition will feature the latest giant state-of-the-art Ultime multihulls as well as a very competitive IMOCA fleet, which will assemble during the final months before November’s Vendée Globe solo race around the world.
The original concept of The Transat, created in 1960 by Blondie Hasler as “one man, one boat, the ocean” across the North Atlantic remains the guiding principle of the race. Of the four originally planned divisions there will not, this time, be a Multi 50 class as the new build boats will not be completed on time and the other two projects are not at the stage of taking on a Transatlantic race.
But as it stands at the moment there will be seven Class 40s, 17 IMOCAs and four Ultimes, taking on the famous course.
So, three fascinating races lie ahead in The Transat CIC 2020 thanks to a line-up of top-class skippers and boats. The next chapter in the history of this renowned ocean race will begin on 10th May off Brest when the starting gun is fired.
Ultime category: Giant steps towards Charleston
In 2016, Francois Gabart completed his first solo win on board his 100ft trimaran, MACIF, when he crossed the finish line of The Transat in 8 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes and 39 seconds. He narrowly missed out on a new race record, which was set by Michel Desjoyeaux in 2004, and still stands at a time of 8 days, 8 hours, 29 minutes.
This year, Gabart will pass the helm of his mighty MACIF trimaran to Pascal Bidégorry, who will be hoping to beat his predecessors record. Alongside Bidégorry will be some of the most prevalent names in single-handed offshore racing, including Thomas Coville on his brand new Sodebo, Franck Cammas on Edmond de Rothschild and Yves Le Blevec on Actual Leader.
This tough transatlantic race will be very demanding throughout on these incredible flying machines. The experience of the skipper and his ability to deal with weather systems that can be violent, will make all the difference as they battle for line honours.
IMOCA: A huge battle in the Atlantic
Seventeen 60-foot IMOCA monohulls will be lining up at the start of this 3,400-mile sprint, including five new foilers. For L’Occitane en Provence (Armel Tripon) and Japan’s DMG Mori (Kojiro Shiraishi), it will likely be a baptism of fire, as it will be their first time competing with their brand-new boats.
While Apivia (Charlie Dalin) and Advens For Cybersecurity (Thomas Ruyant) are the favourites, given their performance in the last Transat Jacques Vabre, we will have to watch Arkea-Paprec (Sébastien Simon), winner of the 2018 Solitaire Le Figaro.
Several other pairings of boat and skipper will also add a touch of spice to the contest. PRB (Kevin Escoffier), Maître Coq IV (Yannick Bestaven), Malizia II-Yacht Club de Monaco (Boris Herrmann, Germany) and Initiatives-Cœur (Samantha Davies), will all be ones to watch.
Maxime Sorel, racing V and B Mayenne will return to The Transat hungry to right the wrongs of the 2016 edition when he was forced to abandon the race after his boat crashed into a container ship, while Italy’s Giancarlo Pedote will make his race debut on Prysmian Group.
The IMOCA class also has a strong female contingent, with Isabelle Joschke, Miranda Merron, and Clarisse Cremer all preparing to take on the renowned racecourse alongside British skipper Davies.
With a fleet as strong as this, there will be races within the race at every level. In the IMOCA class, The Transat CIC 2020 looks very exciting.
Class40: Old Hands and Young Wolves
Three latest-generation Class40s will take on The Transat CIC: the brand-new Transat Jacques Vabre winning Crédit-Mutuel (Ian Lipinski), Lamotte Module Création (Luke Berry, GBR/France) and Imagine (Jorg Riechers, Germany).
Launched between 2018 and 2019, these three very powerful 40 footers may still have to be wary of some of the more experienced campaigners such as Kito de Pavant on Made In Midi, who knows his boat well. Having just turned 59 and after 20 Transatlantics, de Pavant still shows an unquenched thirst for competition. However, he’ll have to watch some of his younger counterparts, with 28-year- old Stanislas Thuret on Everial, Mabire-Nivelt’s 2016 design, considered an outsider.
Armel Tripon, L’Occitane en Provence, IMOCA
“The Transat CIC is important for me for three reasons this year. This will be my first solo race on my new IMOCA. It is also going to be the start of my life with this boat racing for ten days and at the same time will be an opportunity to qualify for the Vendée Globe. I’m not worried. I can’t wait to get out there and sail across the tricky North Atlantic on my boat and finish as well placed as possible in Charleston.”
IMOCA inscrits à The Transat CIC
- ADVENS for Cybersecurity - Thomas Ruyant
- APIVIA - Charlie Dalin
- Banque Populaire X - Clarisse Crémer
- Campagne de France - Miranda Merron
- DMG Mori Global One - Kojiro Shiraishi
- Groupe Sétin - Manuel Cousin
- Intiatives Coeur - Samantha Davies
- L'Occitane en Provence - Armel Tripon
- La Fabrique - Alan Roura
- MACSF - Isabelle Josckhe
- Maître CoQ - Yannick Bestaven
- Malizia II - Yacht Club de Monaco - Borris Herrmann
- PRB - Kevin Escoffier
- Prysmian Group - Giancarlo Pedote
- V and B - Mayenne - Maxime Sorel
- Vers en Monde sans Sida - Clément Giraud
- Water Family - Benjamin Dutreux
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|01||Paul MEILHAT||206 pts|
|02||Yann ELIES||192 pts|
|03|| Boris HERRMANN
SEAEXPLORER - YACHT CLUB DE MONACO
|04|| Fabrice AMEDEO
NEWREST - ART & FENÊTRES
|05||Vincent RIOU||157 pts|
|06|| Damien SEGUIN
|07|| Samantha DAVIES
|08|| Jérémie BEYOU
|09|| Kévin ESCOFFIER
|09||Nicolas LUNVEN||131 pts|
|11||Christopher PRATT||128 pts|
|12|| Yannick BESTAVEN
MAITRE COQ IV
|12|| Stéphane LE DIRAISON
TIME FOR OCEANS
|14|| Sébastien SIMON
|15|| Arnaud BOISSIÈRES
LA MIE CÂLINE - ARTISANS ARTIPÔLE
|16|| Charlie DALIN
|17||Armel LE CLEAC'H||114 pts|
|17|| Clarisse CRÉMER
BANQUE POPULAIRE X
|19||Eric PERON||111 pts|
|19|| Alan ROURA
|21|| Thomas RUYANT
|22|| Louis BURTON
BUREAU VALLÉE 2
|23|| Charlie ENRIGHT
11TH HOUR RACING
|23||Pascal BIDEGORRY||100 pts|
|25||Davy BEAUDART||97 pts|
|26||Antoine KOCH||96 pts|
|27|| Giancarlo PEDOTE
|27|| Romain ATTANASIO
PURE - BEST WESTERN®
|29||Roland JOURDAIN||91 pts|
|30|| Manuel COUSIN
|31||Will HARRIS||86 pts|
|32|| Maxime SOREL
V AND B - MAYENNE
|33|| Alex THOMSON
|34|| Nicolas TROUSSEL
|34|| Jean LE CAM
CORUM L'ÉPARGNE / TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2019
|36||Yoann RICHOMME||65 pts|
|37||Anthony MARCHAND||64 pts|
|38||Sébastien MARSSET||60 pts|
|38|| Ari HUUSELA
|40||Guillaume LE BREC||56 pts|
|40|| Erik NIGON
VERS UN MONDE SANS SIDA
|42|| Alexia BARRIER
|43||François GUIFFANT||49 pts|
|44||Xavier MACAIRE||48 pts|
|45||Sébastien AUDIGANE||47 pts|
|46||Thomas CARDRIN||44 pts|
|46|| Miranda MERRON
CAMPAGNE DE FRANCE
|46|| Benjamin DUTREUX
|49||Gildas MORVAN||42 pts|
|50|| Pip HARE
|51||Halvard MABIRE||34 pts|
|52||Joan MULLOY||32 pts|
|53|| Isabelle JOSCHKE
|54||Lionel REGNIER||24 pts|
|55|| Clément GIRAUD
|56||Gwénolé GAHINET||18 pts|
|57||Michael FERGUSON||16 pts|
|57||Alain GAUTIER||16 pts|
|59||Tolga Ekrem PAMIR||12 pts|
|60||Stan MASLARD||10 pts|
|61||Paul LARSEN||8 pts|
|62||Hiroshi KITADA||7 pts|
|63||Pierre CASIRAGHI||6 pts|
|64|| Denis VAN WEYNBERGH
|65||Arthur HUBERT||4 pts|
|65||Richard TOLKIEN||4 pts|
|65||Rune AASBERG||4 pts|
|65||Morgan LAGRAVIERE||4 pts|
|65||Neal MCDONALD||4 pts|
|70||Lionel REGNIER||3 pts|
|71||Pierre QUIROGA||2 pts|