Start of Transat Jacques Vabre postponed due to violent storm forecast

The violent storm forecast on Tuesday has led the Transat Jacques Vabre organisers to postpone the start to Wednesday or Thursday. Called “a bomb” by the weather specialists from Meteo France, the weather system is going to generate winds of up to 60 knots and waves of up to 10 meters.
photo copyright: Jean-Guy Python/Mirabaud
Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret, co-skippers of Mirabaud, say their boat could have sailed through this storm. “They are built to sail around the world! But we accept the decision. There are some smaller boats and it would have been difficult for them. We abide by the collective decision.”
CEO and Partner of Mirabaud, Antonio Palma confirms that “the collective decision has to be respected. We never get involve in such matters anyway, they are Dominique’s entire responsibility. However it is a good thing that the priority is given to safety.”

The Organising Committee will make a new announcement tomorrow. The objective is to start the race on Wednesday or Thursday.
The teams will sail a short course today “for the show”, before crossing the start line for real on Wednesday or Thursday.
Exhibition prologue
Imoca Open 60 (French unless stated)
1. Safran (Marc Guillemot / Yann Elies)
2. Banque Populaire (Armel le Cleac'h / Christopher Pratt)
3. Macif (Francois Gabart / Sebastien Col)
4. Groupe Bel (Kito de Pavant/Yann Reginau)
5. Cheminee Poujoulat (Bernard Stamm/Jean-Francois Cuzon) SUI
6. Akena Verandas (Arnaud Boissieres/Gerald Veniard)
7. Gamesa (Mike Golding/Bruno Dubois) GBR
8. Mirabaud (Dominique Wavre/Michele Paret) SUI
9. DCNS (Marc Thiercelin/Luc Alphand)
10. Bureau Vallee (Louis & Nelson Burton)

Multi501. Prince de Bretagne (Lionel Lemonchois / Mathieu Souben)
2. Actual (Yves Le Blevec / Samuel Manuard)
3. Fenetre A Cardinal (Erwan Le Roux / Didier Le Vourch)

Class401. Concise 2 (Ned Collier Wakefield / Sam Goodchild) GBR
2. Comiris Pole Sante Elior (Thierry Bouchard / Gilles Berenger)
3. Aquarelle.com (Yannick Bestaven / Eric Drouglazet)
4. Avis Immobiler (Eric Galmard/Francois Scheek)
5. 40 Degrees (Hannah Jenner/ Jess Naimark-Rowse) GBR
6. Partouche (Christophe Coatnoan/Etienne Laforgue)
7. Hip Eco Blue (Andrea Fantini/Tomasso Stella) ITA
8. Phoenix Europe Express (Stephanie Alran/Jean Edouard Criquioche)
9. Gust Buster (Anna-Maria Renken/Jakica Jesih) AUT
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Start of Transat Jacques Vabre postponed due to violent storm forecast Start of Transat Jacques Vabre postponed due to violent storm forecast Reviewed by Panos Douros on Monday, October 31, 2011 Rating: 5

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