From the following article on the Transat Jacques Vabre website:
On Sunday 25th of October 2015, as tradition dictates, the Transat Jacques Vabre will rally a coffee producing destination. After more than a week of celebrations around the Paul Vatine harbour in Le Havre, the four classes taking part in the 12th edition of the race will from Le Havre, the leading coffee import harbour for Itajai in Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producing country.
Le Havre – Itajaí, one transatlantic – two cities
For the past 22 years Le Havre has hosted competitors on the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, “Transat Jacques Vabre is huge maritime celebration for the town of Le Havre and a major event that takes place every two years. Le Havre will put all in place to welcome the 350,000 visitors expected round the Paul Vatine basin from 17th to 25th of October 2015” stated Edouard Philippe,
Deputy Mayor for Le Havre.
For the second year The Transat Jacques Vabre will finish in Itajai, Brasil. “Itajai is firmly on the map as it hosts again the Transat Jaques Vabre, one of the world’s largest sailing events. We feel honoured and happy and thank the organisation for entrusting our work and look forward to welcoming you all in our city,” confides Jandir Bellini, Mayor of Itajai.
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