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Sail.  The double-handed Transat is back!  – Sail



After the withdrawal in September 2020 of Ag2r La Mondiale, a partner for almost 30 years, the future of the eponymous Transat seemed very uncertain. However, a little more than four months later, we know that the double-handed transatlantic, renamed Transat Concarneau – Saint-Barth, will start from the southern port of Finistère on May 9, 2021. The village will be open from April 30. “We said to ourselves that it was a shame to wait until 2022 and that we had to reposition the race from 2021”, explains Joseph Bizard, general manager of OC Sport Pen Duick, a subsidiary of Groupe Télégramme, organizer of the event. .

Support from communities

The health crisis complicated things and a date had to be found in the calendar, without the Transat, canceled in 2020 due to a health crisis, disrupting the Sardinha Cup, one of the races on the 2021 calendar. The other necessary condition for the holding of the race, which no longer has a title partner, was to have the support of all the communities: the Brittany Region, the CCI of Quimper Cornouaille, the city of Concarneau, the agglomeration community of Concarneau Cornouaille, the department of Finistère and also Saint-Barth quickly said banco: “In Saint-Barth, they are very attached to this race, the only transatlantic that arrives at home, adds Bizard. They just wanted to have a minimum guarantee on the number of entries ”.

Already 16 duets entered

On this point, OC Sport had decided that it was necessary, on January 31, that 15 duos had to be entered. On February 18, there were already 16. Around twenty Figaro 3s could potentially start in the bay of Concarneau. This will be a great first on the transatlantic for the one-design Figaro 3 which had experienced some youthful flaws (note: leaking foil wells in particular) during the first year. “We are calm on this point, the race director Francis Le Goff is also, the runners too”, explains Joseph Bizard. Who will succeed the duo Adrien Hardy – Thomas Rettant in the port of Gustavia around May 25?

Martin Le Pape and Yann Eliès (Stargardt Foundation) (DR)

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