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Transat Jacques Vabre

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Never more true is the old adage that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ – as evidenced by this sensational gallery from British photographer James Tomlinson shooting from the air in Le Havre, France during Sunday’s super-breezy start of the Transat Jacques Vabre double-handed transatlantic race.

However, due to the menacing 80-knot storm that’s lurking out in the Atlantic and set to black the race route to the finish in Martinique, only the Ultim, Ocean Fifty and Class 40 fleets set off on time yesterday. These three classes left France in 25 knots of breeze, but due to the storm it is just the five massive Ultim trimarans that are on their way to the Caribbean, with the Class 40 monohulls and Ocean Fifty trimarans racing 320 miles along the French coast to Lorient to await a restart when conditions allow.

Meanwhile, the 40 boat IMOCA fleet was kept ashore on Sunday is now on hold also awaiting the conditions to moderate.

Follow the race here.

Main image © James Tomlinson