This year, the 27th edition of theTransmanche en Double will start on 10th June. Each year since 1985, the Yacht Club des Abers has organised La Transmanche en Double, which sees the race fleet cross the English Channel twice.
Traditionally, the course runs from Aber Wrac’h, France taking the fleet to the breakwater of Plymouth, UK and returning to Aber Wrac’h totalling a distance of 220 miles, without having set foot on British soil. The average duration of the course is 35 hours. 60 to 70 boats participate in this race each year.
La Transmanche en Double is open to all, mixing amateur and professional sailors on all types of boats. For buddies, couples, professional skippers this is an intense race. All competitors constitute an original fleet: Pogo, Figaro Bénéteau, boats of large and small series, prototypes 6.50.
Big names in the race have held places of honor including: Jacques Caraës, Christophe Cudennec, Roland Jourdain, Marc Thiercelin, Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean Le Cam, Florence Arthaud, Patrick and Yann Elies, Philippe Vicariot, Gildas Morvan Thomas Coville, Armel Le Cléach, Nicolas Troussel, Vincent Riou, VDH, Catherine Chabaud … have participated.
Small boats compete with larger ones. To respect everyone’s potential, each boat is assigned a coefficient and is given a handicap based on its performance.
The four types of classification are:
CRUISER – OFFSHORE RACING – REGATTA – RACE.
The crossing record is currently held by Herve Cléris multihull in 15h21’23”and monohull by Sebastian Josse and Jean François Cuzon in 13h14’30” on “BT”. This record is put into play every year depending on the availability of 60 footers.