Race start and tracking of the Transat Jacques Vabre so you don't miss a thing!
It's at 12:30 GMT this Sunday, offshore of Cap de la Hève that the 12th Transat Jacques Vabre will kick off. However, the Edmond de Rothschild duo and the forty-one other pairings competing in this 2015 edition are already out on the water, off Le Havre, where they will have to sit it out until the starting gun releases them on this famous transatlantic race. As such, we take this opportunity to review how to track the start and the race using a device set up by the organisation and the Gitana Team.
A coastal course to Etretat before heading for Brazil
Before they can sample the offshore delights, the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet will have to complete a 16-mile coastal course along the Alabaster Coast. The 1.6-mile start line will be set in line with the Cap de la Hève, just a stone's throw from Le Havre and the Sainte-Adresse district. Once they're over this line, the forty-two competing boats will make towards Etretat. However, before they reach the iconic chalky cliffs, where two course marks in immediate proximity of the coast have to be left to port, the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild and its rivals will have to leave the DA d'Antifer mark, situated 9.5 miles from the start, to starboard. According to the latest weather forecasts, this course will be run in some particularly mild conditions: 5 to 10 knots of easterly wind and smooth seas. This gentle introduction to proceedings will enable what are expected to be big crowds on the water to enjoy the show-stopping spectacle put on by the fleet in this 12th edition.
12:20 GMT: the sailors are alone aboard; the shore crews must have left the boats.
12:22 GMT: beginning of the start procedure.
12:30 GMT: official start of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
The live feed from the start
12:20 to 14:00 GMT: Live broadcast of the start on France 3 National TV, Dailymotion (Transat Jacques Vabre channel) and the official race website.
10:00 to 14:00 GMT: Live on radio via France Info with Catherine Pottier and Fabrice Rigobert and on France Bleu Basse and Haute Normandie and Cotentin.
Special correspondents from BFM and ITélé will also provide live coverage of the event throughout the day.
The Social networks
Follow the start live on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: #VivezLaCourse #TJV2015 on the @GitanaTeam and @TransatJV_fr accounts
DURING THE RACE
Cartography updated every 30 minutes!
To track the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild, go to the cartography: http://gitana-team.geovoile.com/jacquesvabre/2015/
The position of the latest addition to the Gitana fleet and its rivals will be updated every 30 minutes whilst an official ranking will be published every 4hrs (03:00 07:00 11:00 15:00 19:00 23:00 GMT)
On-board news, photos and videos
Throughout the Transat Jacques Vabre, we'll try to keep you posted with the very latest news from Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier on the Gitana Team's official website: daily news from on-board with a ranking and weather review as well as photos and videos that the Edmond de Rothschild duo send us from the ocean.
Finally, daily radio link-ups will be provided by the race organisation. You'll be able to follow these on the Transat Jacques Vabre website from 12:00 GMT everyday.