From New York the 16th of June, this race is the last meeting for the skippers before they set sail on the Vendée Globe. The Transat New York - Vendée (Les Sables d'Olonne) was created in 2016 by Open Sports Management and the IMOCA class, always with the primary aim of the internationalisation of the class.
The 3,100-mile course (5,741 km), takes the singlehanded sailors from Manhattan on a final transatlantic event that serves as an additional qualifying race for the ultimate IMOCA challenge. It’s the perfect opportunity for the participants to size up the competition just weeks before they get together in Les Sables d'Olonne once again for the start of the Vendée Globe.
In 2016, the Transat New York - Vendée was won by Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ), who set the initial reference time for the course of 9 days, 16 hours, 57 minutes and 49 seconds.