Thursday 14th November 2020 marked the end of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre for the Franco-English duo aboard the Leyton’s Class 40. 18 days, 43 minutes, and 11 seconds is the time it took for Sam and Fabien to cross the Atlantic to arrive in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
Starting in Le Havre among 59 competitors and 3 classes of boats (Class 40 – Multi50 – Imoca), the two men from Lorient were among the forerunners in their category. The Leyton skippers led the way with AÏna Enfance & Avenir from the very beginning of the race. The front of the race was exciting with surprises relating to various strategic choices, but the Franglais tandem remained ahead throughout the days that followed. All this was without taking into account the strategy of the Crédit Mutuel skippers who, from the very beginning of the race, made the audacious choice to follow a completely different path from the one taken by other competitors on this traditional coffee trading route. As a result, they took the top spot during the Transatlantic race.
Sam and Fabien fought until the end and closed a wonderful performance by finishing second in the general classification, a little more than 8 hours after the winner.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHAMPIONS!
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