An entry ticket for the Vendée Globe
Transat The Transat B to B* (Back to Brittany) is a single-handed transatlantic race reserved to competitors in the Transat Jacques Vabre on IMOCA class monohull ocean racers participating in the Vendée Globe. Organized every four years, this "return leg" covers some 3,300 nautical miles, and can qualify entrants for the Vendée Globe round-the-world solo race.
The first Transat B to B took place after the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre. A number of competitors sailing IMOCA class boats were calling for a race that could be used to qualify for the solo, unassisted and non-stop Vendée Globe, the famous race covering "three capes", allowing them to log the required 2,500 nautical miles to enter this race.
What's different about the Transat B to B is that it takes a different route each time. The first ran from St. Barts to Lorient. In 2015, competitors will be heading for the finish line in the Breton port of Port-la-Forêt.
*Transat St Barth-Port-la-Forêt since 2015