The first «Coffee Route» was overcome by the trimaran Edmond de Rothschild

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The first to cross the finish line of the prestigious transatlantic race Transat Jacques Vabre to cross the finish line in the prestigious transatlantic race was the MOD70 trimaran Edmond de Rothschild. It took 11 days, 5 hours, 3 minutes and 54 seconds to sail from Le Havre, France to Itajai, Brazil. At an average speed of 22.12 knots, it covered a distance of 5952 miles.

The boat was steered by two Frenchmen, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier . Ideally there would be six crews controlling such a machine on the open seas, however in this race only twin crews are entitled to participate.

When you consider that this is the first time the French have sailed a 70 foot trimaran in this configuration and added that they had predicted a 12-14 day trip, they have officially surprised everyone including themselves.

The Transat Jacques Vabre has a historic distance of 5,450 nautical miles and follows a trade route between Brazil and France that used to carry fragrant grains. Transatlatica is sponsored by French coffee company Jacques Vabre, so the coffee spirit is still there.

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