The Transat Québec Saint-Malo Race with Orléans Express
The 9th Transat Québec Saint-Malo race will depart from Québec on the 10th of July 2016. The first crossing was in 1984 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s first voyage to the Gulf of the Saint-Lawrence. In 2016, around thirty teams will gather for the most thrilling of transatlantic races! Whether you live in Drummondville, Trois-Rivières or any other city, don’t miss your chance to attend this event. Jump onto one of our coaches that will bring you to Québec, no matter where you are leaving from!
The primary goal of this race is to introduce the sport of sailing, to let visitors rediscover the beauty of the seaway and to encourage economic and cultural interactions between these two cities. The event’s festivities will take place from the 2nd to the 13th of July in Québec and the 18th to the 28th of July in Saint-Malo. When you come for the send-off, you can also take advantage of the opportunity to visit Old-Québec and participate in the departure festivities!
Some facts about the Transat Québec Saint-Malo Race
Did you know that this high seas crossing of the North Atlantic and the channel is the oldest West to East ocean race? What’s even more impressive is that it is non-stop and with a crew, on 40 to 70-foot-long single hull and multi-hull boats.
The current record for the fastest crossing was made in 1996 and is held by Loïck Peyron on board the Fujicolor II that crossed from Québec to Saint-Malo in only 7 days, 20 hours and 24 minutes! Will this 20-year-old record hold up again this year? All will be revealed in the next few weeks!
You can attend the sailboats’ departure from Québec or Lévis; you could also take one of our many Québec coaches to get there. Download the app GeoRacing that will help you follow the race, or you can connect to it through social media, such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Join the numerous spectators who will be there to cheer on the race participants and reserve your spot on board one of our comfortable Orléans Express coaches heading for Québec!