2012: The Grand Slam

The Atlantic Yacht Club, with Comet Organisation directing operations at sea and ashore, had great ambitions for the second Panerai Transat Classique which took place in 2012. They decided upon a new course with two warm-up events, one leaving Douarnenez, the other Saint-Tropez.

Converging on Cascais, Portugal, the fleets then combined for the main event of sailing across the Atlantic to the island of Barbados. Despite a reduction in the number of entries, undoubtedly a consequence of the financial crisis, the crews were no less ambitious and competition was fierce right up to the finishing line. But there was no doubt about the result: White Dolphin dominated the field in real and corrected times and took the top spot on the podium both on the Mediterranean leg and for the main event across the Atlantic.

Some magnificent duels were fought on the high seas, with plenty of twists and turns to keep fans on the edge of their seats as they followed the proceedings in real time on the race website and through social media. And once again one of the major highlights of the Panerai Transat Classique, this event like no other, was the messages sent from the boats. Compared to the first Transat Classique, the crews were much better prepared and included among their number some world-renowned sailors, such as Pierre Follenfant, Jacques Caraës and Bruno Jourdren. Despite the climate of intense rivalry the crews held each other in great esteem throughout the race, knowing full well that the ocean can be a cruel place for the vain.

It is this spirit, this generous philosophy of the sailor, that the organizers wish to perpetuate through the Panerai Transat Classique 2015.