The Transat Québec Saint-Malo is an open type event. This means it is a multi-class race: Class40s, Multi50s, Eco60 and others.
The very first Transat Québec Saint-Malo set sail in 1984 to mark the 450th anniversary of explorer Jacques Cartier’s first voyage from Saint-Malo to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1534.
Every four years, the Transat Québec Saint-Malo has brought together the best professional monohull and multihull ocean racers for an epic Atlantic crossing from Quebec City to Saint-Malo.
Part of the classic offshore yacht races, the Transat Quebec Saint-Malo is the oldest west-to-east and fully crewed transat in the world.
Skippers and their boats will race 2,897 nautical miles, or 5,365 kilometers.
Starting from Quebec City, off Cap Diamant, the skippers' first challenge will be to find their way down the St. Lawrence River that can be tricky: narrow in some places, with its islands, reefs and sandbars. The technically challenging 400 nautical miles can be full of surprises. The skippers also have each other in their line of sight, which is rarely the case during an offshore race. Strategy and tactics play a key role here.
Then comes the ocean and its immensity. The playground becomes wider and the sports challenge begins. The North Atlantic crossing up to the ramparts of Saint-Malo, corsair city, goes fast.