Transat Jacques Vabre

The biennial Transat Jacques Vabre, now in its 15th edition, is considered the toughest and longest-running two-handed transat and follows the traditional coffee route from France across the Atlantic — for the first time in its history, the race will finish in Martinique instead of Brazil.

11th Hour Racing will support a series of initiatives within the Race Village in Le Havre, France — open from October 29 to November 7, 2021, to showcase the importance of restoring ocean health and engage the public on tangible solutions.


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  • Pavillon des Initiatives Positives, a community space featuring workshops, conferences, and events focused on sustainable development, coastal restoration, renewable energy, and ocean conservation.
  • LILLI (Large Interactive Laser Lightshow Installation), a 3D hologram experience for Race Village visitors to discover what’s under the surface of the race route from Le Havre, France, to Fort-de-France, Martinique.
  • Explore’s Karavan des Océans, a mobile, educational display and comprehensive program about marine conservation and its challenges.
  • 11th Hour Racing will supply Bluewater stations throughout the Race Village, as it did in 2019, to ensure clean drinking water is available for everyone to refill their water bottles.
Pre-start of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 Race Village in Le Havre, France. Photo credit: Alea | Transat Jacques Vabre


The Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre is the longest and most demanding double-handed transatlantic race in the world. In this 15th edition, for the first time, the iconic event will finish in Fort-de-France, Martinique, a country synonymous with the historic coffee trade. In addition to being a challenging competition, attracting some of the world’s best sailors, the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre continues to increase the events sustainability focus, engaging and inspiring key stakeholders and the thousands of race fans in Like Havre and Fort de France as well as countless international followers.