They loved the Transat Jacques Vabre: The Winners Remember
They are five former winners of the Transat Jacques Vabre who will take to the start of the 2011 edition: Jean-Pierre Dick, Franck-Yves Escoffier, Erwan Leroux, Lionel Lemonchois and Marc Guillemot. All vividly recall the highlights as does Franck Cammas who is preparing an adventure of a different caliber He will soon be starting the Volvo Ocean Race.
Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3), winner in 2003 and 2005 with Nicolas Abiven Loïck Peyron:
"The arrival in Bahia really moved me. On the one hand because there was victory at the end, but for tropical scents, and the warm reception of the Brazilians, the feeling of arriving somewhere different. In 2005 with Loïck (Peyron) I remember it so much more because the battle was stronger all the way to the finish with Bilou and Ellen MacArthur. Otherwise, I also have a particular affection for Le Havre. It is a city that has always brought me luck, even at the time of the Tour de France a Voile. Each time I ended with a victory. It is important to keep up that tradition ... "
Marc Guillemot (Safran), winner in 2009 with Charles Caudrelier:
"I still feel the win, obviously. But I also keep a great memory of having got through the big depression that had blown in before the Azores. With Charles, when we saw we were well placed and the boat was in perfect condition, we thought it was starting to feel good. And generally to sail with Charles was a treat, we were really in tune. "
Franck-Yves Escoffier (Crêpes Whaou!), Winner in 2005 with Kevin Escoffier, with Karine Fauconnier 2007 and 2009 with Erwan Le Roux:
"For me, the victory of 2005 is the most beautiful. We had to build the boat, we knew we could do something and it was the first boat to cross the line in Salvador de Bahia. And for a father, sharing this kind of moment with his son, it's still something very special "
Lionel Lemonchois (Prince de Bretagne), winner in 2005 with Pascal Bidégorry:
"Beyond the win itself I also remember the early hours of the race that had been really tough. Everything was jumping, slamming and shaking but managed to keep the boat intact. There was a lot of breakages in the early days of racing, so we were really happy to know that we kept all our chances for victory intact ... "
Erwan Le Roux (FenetreA-Cardinal), winner in 2009 with Franck-Yves Escoffier:
"The arrival in Puerto Limon was magical. We sailed in a very dark night, we saw nothing. And then a boat came first, then another and suddenly everything was bustling around us and just when we crossed the line, fireworks went off, it was really moving. I also recall that Transat’st few hours in the eastern Azores, buffeted by strong winds, before reaching the trade winds. And then, Franck-Yves is quite a character, unusual in the world of racing. With him, I had a great partner. "
Franck Cammas (Groupama VOR), winner in 2001 and 2007 with Steve Ravussin, 2003 with Franck Proffit:
"Ironically, my strongest memory is of the Transat 1999, where we did not won. But we had a huge depression and our only goal was to get out of it. After that I enjoyed the is a party in Brazil. Between the weather systems of the North Atlantic trade winds of both hemispheres, the doldrums, it made a lot of weather to negotiate these transitions. And the format of the duo was much richer in our 60-foot multihull ... It's really a race I liked taking part. "