Transat Québec Saint-Malo

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Transat Québec Saint-Malo

Inaugurated in 1984 and often shortened as TQSM, the Transat Québec Saint-Malo is the oldest non-stop, West-to-East, crewed ocean race. Every four years, this legendary competition attracts sailors from around the world to compete in an epic adventure. Starting from the banks of the St. Lawrence River, between Quebec City and Lévis, in Canada, participants face the challenges of the river’s currents and tides, cross the North Atlantic Ocean – dodging icebergs – and, finally, navigate the busy English Channel to Saint-Malo (France).

That starting on June 30 will be the tenth edition of the regatta, which promises to be memorable. Three are the competing classes:

  • Class40, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their association;
  • large multihulls (MOD70, ORMA and Open multi), for which an extended route is planned, with a passage near Fastnet rock (Ireland);
  • tribute classes, i.e. vintage multihulls and open mono-hulls from 45 to 70 feet, which will pay homage to the Canadian legends of ocean racing.

Launched by visionary sea lover André Langlois, the Transat Québec Saint-Malo is not just a regatta, but a celebration of the passion for sailing. To commemorate the 450th anniversary of the first voyage of French explorer Jacques Cartier to Quebec, in 1984 Langlois – together with his friend Gaston Truchon – created the first edition of this iconic regatta, symbol of a special bond between the New and the Old Continent.

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