Transatlantic race organizers decide to finish in Brazil

The Transat Jacques Vabre announced officialy Saturday that next year the ocean-going racing sailboats will go to the coastal port of Itajai in Brasil,

Costa Rican tourist officials hoped the race would again end in Limón as it did in November 2009 and in 2011.

As usual the starting point will be Le Havre, France. Sailors will have to travel 5,395 nautical miles to Brazil, and the victory is based on the construction of the boat, the course selected by the crew, the weather and luck.

There are three classes of sailboats in the race, 40 or 60 foot monohulls and 50-foot multihulls, and three victors at the end. This is the 20th anniversary of the race, which takes place every two years.

The original race was designed to follow the route taken by coffee boats that sailed from Brazil to France.

Tourism officials promoted the race heavily in 2009 and 2011, and tourism operators all along the Caribbean coast benefited from the influx.

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