“ We asked The Transat bakerly skippers about the introduction of the pre-race leg from Saint-Malo to Plymouth and here is what they said. ”
Isabelle Joscke, Class40 - Generali – Horizon Mixité
It will be a really nice start to the race, the city and the harbour are perfect for this gathering. It will be something of a spectacle for the public and will be a special start to The Transat bakerly.
Yves Le Blévec, Ultime - Team Actual
80% of The Transat bakerly fleet is French and the warm-up leg in Saint-Malo gives visibility to the race and the skippers in France. My partners were unable to come to Plymouth for the start, but they are here in Saint-Malo. The warm-up leg is great for the public, for the media and my partners ‘Actual’. I will take my coaches and team across the channel as a thank you for their personal investment in my project – it’s a great way to involve them in the race.
Phil Sharp, Class40 - Imerys
It’s a good idea to maintain a strong link between Brittany and the UK in offshore racing, especially since most of the skippers taking part in The Transat bakerly are French! It’s a good way to engage the French media and public in this legendary race that starts from Plymouth on May 2nd. The warm-up will also put me in solo race mode, because so far I’ve only sailed my 1000nm qualifying passage aboard my Class40.
Jean-Pierre Dick, IMOCA - St Michel-Virbac
“We’ve had a very warm welcome to Saint-Malo. The city has strong maritime links and it was very busy when we arrived into the city. There is the same excitement as at the start of the Route du Rhum, but without the pressure of a race start- just a nice family atmosphere. And of course, this will be our last moment to test out our settings.”
Armel Tripon, Class 40 - Black Pepper Moulin Roty
“The meeting of the fleet in Saint-Malo enabled me to compete in this race. I was able to bring my partners to see the boat, which would not have been possible in Plymouth. The Saint-Malo warm-up has really brought the event alive ahead of the official race start on May 2nd.”
Erwan Le Roux, Multi-50 - FenêtréA-Cardinal
“The Saint-Malo warm-up allows us to ease slowly into the race. The Transat bakerly starts in just over a week. We will leave La Plage Môle with around 15 to 20 knots from the north east and then gradually, the wind will turn north or northwest and we will slow right down into Plymouth.”
Louis Duc, Class40 - Carac
“Before the start of the big north atlantic race, it’s been good to gather together in Saint-Malo and review the course and discuss with my fellow competitors. Here there is no pressure, only kindness, listening and a common interest. It’s also nice to be in Saint-Malo, the home of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe! Our French partners can come and see the boats and some competitors were able to find additional financial support. The warm-up is also the last opportunity we will have to test our boats ahead of the race to New York.”
Gilles Lamiré, Multi 50 - French Tech Rennes-Saint Malo
“What better way is there to present our boats to the French public? Saint-Malo is very accustomed to hosting large sailing gatherings, with the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe starting here every four years. To hold a major event every two years is even better! The Transat bakerly is also a major event in the history of French sailing, so a prologue from Saint-Malo is a really great introduction to this legendary race.”