PRESS RELEASE 20.10.2019

Ari Huusela (Finland) and Mikey Ferguson (Ireland) are ready to race Transat Jacques Vabre non-stop from France to Brazil. This is the first double-handed ocean race for them together.

Transat Jacques Vabre is one of the most followed ocean races of the world. It’s sailed along a 4 400 NM old coffee route, every second year.

Record high number (60) of boats of which 30 are  IMOCA and 120 skippers in total are about to start this human adventure across the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday afternoon of October 27th. It’s the first Transat Jacques Vabre for both Huusela and Ferguson. 

”This race is part of my 20 year dream of participating the legendary Vendée Globe. All Imoca Globe Series are big spectacles but still I’m amazed each time.  This sport is growing so fast. Large audience follow no matter if they sail themselves or not. It must be because it is so easy and temptating to follow these true adventures digitally. No matter where you are and when you want to check the updates”, says Huusela

”Having sailed over 3000 miles in total with Ari we now know each others strengths and weaknesses. We both hope for a nice exit of the English Channel and Biscay crossing next weekend but are fully preppared for some serious weather being thrown our way. We have a busy final week here in France with final tweaking on the boat and safety checks and briefings happening throughout the week. It still feels weird that this time I’m actually racing and not just prepping the boat, but its starting to feel pretty real now”, Mikey tells.