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Let Battle Commence (Part Deux)…

November 4, 2005

I’m not sure that two major ocean races is better than one (after all, there are only so many hours to waste in a day). But what are you going to do? In addition to the Volvo (see below), this weekend sees the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the classic two-hander from Le Havre to San Salvador. This thing is always a flat-out, crew-killing sprint, which more than occasionally morphs into a total demolition derby. Here’s a preview of the monohull fleet, which has 12 Open 60s and 7 Open 50s starting tomorrow. The multihulls, all 18 of ’em (ten of them Formula 60 tris), start on Sunday. It’s going to be a crowded North Atlantic over the coming week. Hope the commercial skippers are ready for some crazy sh*t…

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