Transat Jacques-Vabre: victory for Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier in the Ultimes



Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) won the Transat Jacques-Vabre on Tuesday 23 November in the Ultimes category, that of the fastest racing boats in the world, after 16 days at sea.

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The two French skippers crossed the line off Fort-de-France at 10:16 a.m. local time (3:16 p.m. Paris time) to win in 16 days and an hour, accompanied by dozens of small boats in a bay bathed in sunshine. They arrived in Martinique twelve hours after the Sébastien Rogues / Matthieu Souben (Primonial) tandem, victorious in the Ocean Fifty class, 15-meter-long multihulls which had a course a third shorter than the Ultimes (flying maxi-trimarans of 32 m long).

The return of the Ultimes on a great classic

This is the first victory on a great classic offshore racing from this boat, launched in July 2017 and in the hands of Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier since summer 2019.

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Franck Cammas, a sailor of many exploits and the first skipper to tour the world within 50 days (Jules-Verne Trophy in 2010), thus signs his fourth victory in the Transat Jacques-Vabre (2001, 2003, 2007, 2021). Charles Caudrelier, winner of the crewed round the world race (Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-2018), has a third success in this same event, contested in doubles (2009, 2013, 2021). Cammas and Caudrelier largely dominated the race, occupying the head of the fleet fourteen days out of sixteen.

On the occasion of this Transat, the Ultimes made their comeback on a great classic, three years after having experienced numerous breakages during the Route du Rhum 2018 (single-handed transatlantic), notably with the loss of a boat, Banque Popular.

The sponsor is involved in the construction of a new machine (Maxi Banque Populaire XI), launched last April and still skippered by Armel Le Cléac’h, associated with Kevin Escoffier for this very first race. The crew should arrive in Martinique on Tuesday around 6 p.m. / 7 p.m. local time (11 p.m. / midnight, Paris time) in a duel for second place in these Ultimes with the latest addition to the fleet, helmed by François Gabart and Tom Laperche (SVR Lazartigue).

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