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Doublehanded IMOCAS Take On The Atlantic Trade Route

TJV 2019 Newrest

Originally in 1993, the TJV was a race that was solo, but since 1995 has turned into a race for double-handed duo’s who are itching to tackle the historical maritime Atlantic trade route from Le Havre, France to Cartegna, Columbia.

The Transat Jacques Vabre is a true testament to offshore sailing and perseverance, with an 4,350 mile-long race track, anything is possible, and anything can be expected. From structural breakdowns to UFO’s, and major wipeouts that can turn the boat 360 in a matter of seconds without warning, the challenges of the TJV is what keeps these doublehanded duo’s coming back for more each edition.

North clients filled eight of the top ten IMOCA overall after 4,350 miles of non-stop racing, highlighting the talent and the importance of having the best equipment for offshore sailing. After seeing our clients success in the second official offshore race for the Imoca class for both foiling and retro-fitted foiling hulls, we know that teams are ready to take on the Vendee Globe next year. North 3Di sails were put to the test again here in the 14th edition of the TJV, and shined brightly throughout the race. The race results speak for themselves, and after the Defi-Azimut, which was just the beginning, we know that our clients are up for their next offshore challenge.

As we set our sights on the Vendee Globe next year, we acknowledge the importance of client-designer relationships that help us better understand what is needed to raise the bar in performance, and we will continue to refine products for the IMOCA class to assure that clients are equipped with the best possible sail products so they can perform at the highest level.

TJV 2019 Imoca Winners
Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès raced Apivia to the overall win in the 14th edition. They completed the race on November 10th, in 13 days 12 hours 8 minutes after their start in La Havre. They were not in the lead at first, but made smart navigation decisions that lead them out of the Tropic Convergence Zone. 📸 MxHorlaville /disobey/Apivia
TJV 2019 Imoca Winners
In what is now known as the closest finish in the history of the TJV, Kévin Escoffier and Nicolas Lunven snagged second place, finishing just six minutes and 18 seconds ahead of Charal. 📸 Jean-Louis Carli
TJV 2019 Imoca Winners
For Jérémie Beyou,( winner of the TJV in 2013), and Christopher Pratt had a great comeback from sixth place, but struggled with boat speed in the latter part of the race giving them a third place finish. Not exactly what they were hoping for, but still a great accomplishment! 📸 Jean-Louis Carli
North Sails Charlie Enright, first timer to finish the TJV in the Imoca Class and French co-skipper Pascal Bidegorry took fourth overall, finishing in 14 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes, and 23 seconds.📸 Jean-Louis Carli
Thomas Ruyant and Antoine Koch on Advens for Cybersecurity, have finished fifth after 14 days, 5 hours 55 minutes and 41 seconds. 📸 Jean-Louis Carli
TJV 2019 Imoca Winners
Clarisse Crémer and Armel le Cléac’h finished sixth after 14 days, 08 hours 46 minutes and 24 seconds. Co-skipper Clarisse Crémer is now the first woman to finish in the Imoca class. Banque Populaire is also the first Imoca to finish the race without foils. 📸 Jean-Louis Carli
TJV 2019 Imoca Winners
Louis Burton and Davy Beaudart, on their 60ft monohull, Bureau Vallée 2, have finished eighth overall, after 14 days, 14 hours 51 minutes and 43 seconds. 📸 Jean Marie Liot
TJV 2019 Imoca Winners
Fabrice Amédéo and Eric Péron on Newrest – Art et Fenêtres, finished tenth after 14 days, 16 hours 1 minute and 7 seconds. 📸 Jean Marie Liot
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