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Transat Jacques Vabre

#TrueDream 2019

The sailing race continues

Edenred has renewed its commitment to Class40 yachtsman Emmanuel Le Roch, for a second season of adventures under Edenred colors. In the sights starting October 27, the participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre, a double-handed race between Le Havre, France and Salvador da Bahia in Brazil, with his partner Basile Bourgnon.













#TrueDream - Episode 2: Follow the guide

Emmanuel's 2019 logbook

Thursday, October 17

"Here we are in Le Havre! We're so glad to finally be there after the final stretch. We had the chance to test the new rudders and the new sails in real conditions! The boat slides pretty well and she is much more powerful than ever. Only ten days left before the race departure... Until then, we hope you will enjoy the second episode of our webserie!"

Tuesday, October 8

3, 2, 1 ... Action! It's the D-day, the first episode of the webserie is online. Basile and I are very proud to present this pilot episode. We tell you more about our story, our project for the Transat and many other secrets about us and the race.”

Thursday, October 3

"It’s time to get wet! Today is a great day as The Edenred Class40 reconnects with the ocean. After its latest improvements, the boat is finally ready to be set sail from the harbor at La Trinité. As the days pass by, Basile and I are getting increasingly impatient: the departure is getting closer and closer!"

Thursday, September 19

Let’s start the countdown! Less than 40 days before the Transat Jacques Vabre’s departure day! Basile and I participated in the official presentation of the 14th edition, during a press conference earlier this week. We are looking forward to hoisting the mainsail and to give the best of ourselves on this Transat, mind your backs!"

Friday, September 13

Lights, camera, action ! Yesterday, Basile and I had the chance to shoot the first episode of our little saga about the Transat Jacques Vabre. What an experience… we are looking forward to showing you the result. Just wait for it!”

Saturday, July 27

"What a great day shared with youngsters from the 'Sport dans la Ville' association! After visiting them last May in the Paris region, I had the pleasure to welcome them in La Trinité-sur-Mer for one day, during which I had the chance to present my business Nautic Sport, then introduce them to sport sailing, along with my team mate Basile, onboard the Edenred Class40."

Monday, July 22

The adventure is starting now! After 5 days of race and 1,050 miles, Basile and I are so happy to be officially qualified to participate in the Transat Jacques Vabre, which is an amazing race. After this intense stage, we are back in La Trinité in order to start all the preparations for the next step and to enjoy some well-deserved rest. See you soon!”

Wednesday, July 17

"24 hours ago, we set sail from La Trinité-sur-Mer: after passing the bay and the islands, we rapidly took the offshore rythm. The sailing conditions are fantastic, with lots of wind and sun, and a surprisingly calm sea for the Bay of Biscay, not even the tiniest swell! We're taking this opportunity to establish the boat's  "job list". Today, we'll be heading northward to the mythical lighthouse at Fastnet Rock... See you soon!  

Emmanuel & Basile"

Monday, July 15

"That’s it! We set forth from La Trinité-sur-Mer to start the official qualifying rounds for the Transat Jacques Vabre. The three of us (Basile, the Class40 boat and I!) are all ready to tackle the challenge. 
Off we go for a 5-day, 1,000-nautical miles loop starting from La Trinité-sur-mer, passing by the Bay of Biscay and Fastnet Rock in Ireland, to finally sail back to La Trinité…
Don't hesitate to watch regularly the tracker above in order to check our positioning in (almost) real time."

Thursday, July 11

"Only 100 days left until the Transat Jacques Vabre! Basile, who just got his bachelor's degree, and myself can't wait to enter the final countdown to our departure toward Salvador da Bahia. And the next days will be pretty busy. Stay tuned!"

Monday, June 3

"First double handed race and first victory with Basile Bourgnon, on the 2019 ArMen Race! We are proud to have won, furthermore at home, it's so nice. We built our race plan and followed our objective to the victory from the first night during which we set up our strategy. We are getting along famously with Basile, as much on the performance that on the life onboard: cant' wait for the next departure!"

Monday, May 27

"We are there !! After 6 days of intense fight, always with at least one boat in our sight, day and night on an extremely demanding and tactical path ! Happy to have fought and to finish with this ranking, even if the 9th rank was so close ! We are now going back to Caen for the village and we will be leaving again tomorrow afternoon for La Trinité, the ArMen Race is starting on thursday morning but we have to be there on wednesday for the security check... In the meantime we will have a relaxing shower and a good beer : after effort comes comfort ! See you soon onboard Edenred !"

Thursday, May 23

"Uncommon and nice episode during the race: yesterday evening, in the middle of the Irish Sea, the boats were so close and still that we were able to chat by voice with BEIJAFLORE and COLOMBRE for several minutes! We even considered having dinner all together, but the competitive spirits was eventually stronger among all crews. 
The wind is still nowhere to be seen, and Tuskar Rock is firmly expected... We are wondering whether we would be on time for our next event, on next week-end: the Armen Race at La Trinité-sur-Mer! Edenred is very impatient to move on, and so is the crew!

Edit at noon: the wind is finally back!

Emmanuel & Laurent onboard Edenred"

Wednesday, May 22

"What a day! The wind played with us: it's the least we could say! Mainly where we were not expecting it. Fortunately, the sun boosted our morale and it allowed us to come back in the match when the game was harder! Lizard point, the English peak is behind us now and we have to sail toward Ireland in this erratic wind. The night will be intense if we want to move upwards in the ranking: Edenred and its crew are ready! Go go go!

Emmanuel and Laurent onboard Edenred"

Tuesday, May 21

"The Solent is really a magical place! Its currents and its steepy coast are always surprising, and sailing around the Isle of Wight is never a given scenario! We weren’t disappointed! All day long, the ranking kept being disrupted and we kept playing on tack changing in order to foil the flow. Luckily, the atmosphere onboard Edenred is very positive. We spent the night board to board with RÊVE and BEIJAFLORE, the wind alternated between 0 and 12 knots. This race is really tactical and mental, and that's fine with us: we love that! The landscape is wonderful and the weather is nice! How lucky are we to be right here!
Emmanuel et Laurent onboard Edenred"

Monday, May 20

"Dawn is breaking ! The Wight isle is only 20 milles away from us, we are through contact with the leading boats : we are well! We reached a good speed in this little period of time, Edenred is at its best! We took advantage of some success being at the wind of the fleet and we passed Marcouf beacon in the lead... The night shift work was good, we are on the right track!! See you soon! Emmanuel and Laurent onboard Edenred"

Sunday, May 19

"It's departure time! Moored in Caen's harbour, this morning Edenred was all good and ready to leave. We left the harbour today at 3:30pm, we are off for a sailing trip in the Manche and in the Celtic sea before coming back to Caen to end this race. The race is taking in some complex navigation zones, calling for tactical game-playing and what is always a very high race pace. It also boasts a fabulous course, from Normandy to Ireland, via the south-west coast of England and the Channel Islands: an amazing race to come!"

Friday, May 17

"Here is the Edenred Class40 docked in the Caen harbor! Conveying went on smoothly. Yesterday, we met the children from the city and carried on with the preparation; today we will perform the safety visit. We can't wait to embark on the Normandy Channel Race on Sunday!"

Tuesday, May 14

"Hello everyone! It is time for the conveying to Caen in Normandy: we left La Trinité in Brittany without any problem. We will be arriving on time for the start of the Normandy Channel Race, on May 19th! Weather is great, we are sailing before the wind until now, it should change after Brest to close-hauled sailing. Atmosphere is nice onboard with Bertrand and Yann, my travel mates. See you soon in Normandy!"

Friday, April 26

"I had a terrific time with the young boys and girls from Sarcelles (in the Paris region), thanks to the partnership between Edenred and the Sport dans la Ville NGO. A great day of sharing through solidarity and sport. Looking forward to welcome them in La Trinité in a few weeks."

Monday, April 15

Hello everybody! We have arrived in la Rochelle Sunday afternoon! A small feedback on the crossing: a good harmony with Basile, he is a very nice lad, very professional ! He is tough and willing, steers pretty well and has a very positive mindset. We are getting along fine despite the lack of sleep... During the last 48 hours, we barely slept to stay in the race, and in spite of this the atmosphere onboard is still excellent; upon arrival, we were really exhausted, but we held on tight! The 7th boat arrived 20 minutes before us et and the 9th one 15 minutes after... Proof that after 6 days of race, it was better not to fall asleep. The level was very homogeneous and the whole fleet arrived within less than 10 hours, this is almost nothing after 1.300 miles. Now it's time to take some rest before sailing back to La Trinité tomorrow. See you soon!

Wednesday, April 10

"A wonderful day with excellent times : more than 350 miles in 24 hours! It is beautiful to see Edenred launched at more than 20 knots hurtling down the waves. In response we have to wear dry suits because of the waves rolling on the deck with the strenght of a water hose! The atmosphere onboard is excellent, fun facts: Cyril dropped his phone in the water while he was filming, Basile put his hood... while it was filles with water! As for me hard waking up, my mates had to shake me, I though it was the boat pitching hard... The tactics to gain some minutes of sleep did not last very long!"

Monday, April 8

"Sailing towards the second stage of the Défi Atlantique (Atlantic Race)! After our stopover in the Azores and a few refurbishments on the boat, here we go again: we are heading to la Rochelle, with a great addition to the crew: Basile Bourgnon. After the nice experience during the first stage, we are really motivated to resume the race with our friends! The weather forecast is nice and the morale is optimal. See you soon!"

Friday, April 5

"After a last agitated night we finally arrived in Horta! By the end of the day (Thursday) we reached the coast of the Azores archipelago. We look forward to sleeping in a real bed, having a meal on a table and taking a proper shower! A first pre-assessment: we are arriving in quite a good shape, between 4 and 6 hours of sleep every 24 hours. The idea of the Défi Atlantique (Atlantic Race) is to get ready for the Jacques Vabre race in November, sailing in pairs for this first leg of the transatlantic. Regarding the events of this stage, a few technical issues especially on the tiller, but everything has been fixed despite several hours lost."

Watch the interview we made right after our arrival in Horta

Tuesday, April 2

"Last night, we attended an amazing show! A couple of dolphins escorted us for a long while, very playful, they were illuminated by the plankton, quite a magical moment… We realize how lucky we are to be here! Regarding the wind, let’s say the magic (an our luck) are a little less obvious. The morale of the crew is still very high, we stay focused on our duel with Last Boys (XL Colombre) and we are getting ready for our last full night aboard Edenred before reaching the Azores."

Monday, April 1

"Last Sunday was a day off for the wind! We hunted every small breeze to get out of this dead-calm area as soon as possible, but there is no rule to know the direction and intensity of the wind blast... Regarding the race, we are neck and neck with Lost Boys (Colombre XL), I think that the duel will last until the very end! Everything is going well onboard Edenred, we are in a great shape for the last round until the Azores!"

Friday, March 29

"Each day is different: until today, nights were clear and starry, but this night was the complete opposite: pitch-black and we have lost at least 5 degrees on the centigrad scale! Oh, I forgot... we are heading North! Regarding the race, everything is going well, motivation remains intact and morale is still high!"

Thursday, March 28

"Today, Edenred is sailing at high speed on the ocean, the wind force and angle are favorable and allow us to slide on the waves. A few technical issues made us lose some of our speed yesterday but we managed to successfully fix everything early last night. Edenred is now 100% operational, morale is high and we’re holding on tight: the race is not over and we are now ranked at 7th position!"

Saturday, March 23

"Time has come to start the Défi Atlantique [Atlantic Challenge] race: Cyril and I left at last after several days of intense preparation. Everything went fine under the Antilles sun, we rapidly reached a good sailing speed after we raised anchor. While we were sailing along the coast side, we encountered two minor issues that we solved quickly but we lost our lead on the race. Now it's time to set the course for the Azores Islands and to win back the advantage on our friends who are now a few nautical miles ahead of us. Have a nice day everyone!

PS: you can track our race here"

Thursday, March 21

"True Dream is officially back again. A quick message for all those who have supported me, and who, I hope, will continue to support me in the coming months, too. The dream is not over!"

Wednesday, March 20

"3 days left. This Saturday, March 23, my team mate and I will set sail for the first stage of the Défi Atlantique [Atlantic Challenge]: from Pointe-à-Pitre, we will set the course to Horta, in the Azores archipelago. Excitement is rising and we can't wait to get back in the race – after enjoying the Guadeloupe palm trees a little longer."

Monday, March 4

"Here at last! I can't tell you how pleased I am to cast anchor in Guadeloupe, at the helm of the Edenred boat (which has been fully repaired in Madeira), and more than prepared to tackle the Défi Atlantique [Atlantic Challenge]. This transatlantic race, less known from the general public than the Route du Rhum, is reserved for sailboats of the Class40 category: it's designed as a "return" crossing between Pointe-à-Pitre and La Rochelle. Another major difference with the Route du Rhum: it's not single-handed. I will therefore participate with my team mate and friend Cyril."

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