This Transat is not as well known as some of the big races that come west from Europe, like the Transat Jacques Vabre. But it has got 21 Class 40s sprinting across the North Atlantic to France. And anytime there are almost two dozen Class 40s duking it out against an ocean course, something interesting is bound to happen.
Gore Vidal once advised: "Never pass up the opportunity to have sex or go on TV." A sailor's version would say: "Never pass up the opportunity to have sex, go on TV, or race a Class 40." They are fast, fun to sail, and the racing is always close.
The fleet started Sunday and Mare, the favorite, with Joerg Reichers and American Ryan Breymaier aboard, is leading. But if you want an American boat to cheer on, Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl aboard Bodacious Dream are the team for you.
Here's the start: