On Sunday July 22nd will begin the eighth edition of the Transat Québec-Saint Malo race that takes place every four years between Canada and France being the only transatlantic celebrated with crew to Europe.
The opening of the Transat Quebec – Saint-Malo came in 1984 as part of celebrations for the 450th anniversary of the first trip of the French explorer Jacques Cartier to Quebec consisting on performing again on the path made by the sailor to return their city native of Saint-Malo.
The first 400 nautical miles, a total of 2,950, run by the St. Lawrence River from Quebec to Cape Diamond which is a charming itinerary that hosts many surprises when navigating tight areas between islands and shoals, forcing the sailors to use tactics and tricks to keep going.
Since opening, the size of the participating boats has decreased from large multihulls as Loïc Caradec Royale or Jet Boat Services of Serge to lower lengths as the ORMA 60 feet of Lurente Bourgno Primagaz, the Fujicolor of Loïck Peyron or Franck Cammas on Groupama.
Although no doubt the race is the main attraction, also provides benefits TQSM cultural, tourist and economic mutual. Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City, said last December that “The Transat is more than one race, is a journey to rediscover our cultural heritage. We want to make this event a great celebration that brings people to the river and the ocean and I’m sure that will help the people of Quebec to rediscover its nautical heritage and celebrate the strong ties they have with the people of Saint-Malo. “
23 teams set sail on July 22 from Quebec to Saint-Malo, 19 are Class 40, two 50-foot multihull and monohull other 2 OPEN 60. Although the record was set in 1996 when Frenchman Loïck Peyron made the trip in 7 days, 20 hours and 24 minutes, participants are expected to reach the coast of Saint-Malo between 10 and 15 days later.
Undoubtedly, this is a fascinating race to be fought to get the cash prize consists of U.S. $ 120,000.