Despite storm Ciaran which delayed the start of the famous double-handed transatlantic race, the Drives of the Transat Jacques Vabre took place on October 25 on the magnificent Etretat Golf course. Eight teams made up of skippers and amateur golfers competed against each other in a friendly and sporting atmosphere.

Kojiro Shiraishi skipper IMOCA- DMG MORI GLOBAL ONE ©Jean-Louis Carli / Alea

On Wednesday October 25, eight teams participated in the Drives of the Transat Jacques Vabre, a friendly 4-person scramble meeting which took place on the magnificent course of Etretat Golf.

  • (photo by Jean-Louis Carli / Alea)

Among the skippers present, we found the Japanese Kojiro Shiraishi, winner with his Team DMG. The teams of Basile Bournon, Gilles Lamiré, Alain Gautier et Maxime Sorel bowed after a cool and humid day, heralding the Storm Ciaran which disrupted the departure. They took advantage of this day to relax before setting off on the legendary double transatlantic race, which links Le Havre to Fort-de-France.

La 30th edition full Jacques Vabre deckchair set off on Sunday October 29, only with class Last, the fastest boats in the fleet. THE Ocean Fifty and Class40 and other IMOCAs joined them at sea on Monday November 6, after a cautious wait due to difficult weather conditions.

The Drives of the Transat Jacques Vabre are an original initiative which combines two exciting worlds, that of sailing and that of golf. This second edition was a success, despite the climatic hazards, and made it possible to strengthen the links between skippers and golfers.

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