The Transat Québec Saint-Malo (TQSM) is the oldest west-to-east, nonstop, trans-Atlantic, crewed race. Every four years since 1984, oceangoing racers speed along the St. Lawrence River between Québec City and Lévis, to meet the challenge of sailing its hazards, currents and tides, cross the North Atlantic and avoid icebergs, to finally enter the English Channel in dense maritime traffic and strong currents.

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9th Edition

In 1984, on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the arrival of Jacques Cartier, the renowned sailor from Saint-Malo, and of the founding of the city of Québec, the Transat Québec Saint-Malo race is created. Nine editions later, it still highlights the connections and heritage between France and the province of Québec, between the city of Québec and the city of Saint-Malo. In keeping with the evolution of the classes, the boats, and of the race as a whole, this 10th edition promises to be a records’ breaking edition.

2,897 nautical miles

The distance is almost 3,000 nautical miles (5,365 kilometres, 1 n.m. = 1.85 km), of which 376 n.m. are sailed in the St. Lawrence River.

Multihulled boats will have a different race to sail than the monohulls. Being faster, and in order to have fleets finish in their groups, in addition to passing the 4 race markers on the St. Lawrence, multihulls will have to round the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Fastnet Rock (south of Ireland) before finishing at Saint-Malo.

Monohulls will pass the 4 race markers in the St. Lawrence, and round Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon before undertaking the Atlantic crossing and making their way into Saint-Malo.

7 days, 20 hours, 24 minutes

In 1996, the race record was set, on Fujicolor II, helmed by Loïck Peyron. This has remained the time to beat for 20 years. Note that, in 2004, Karine Fauconnier, on Sergio Tacchini, missed the record by 36 minutes (7 days, 21 hours).

The Start

The shores of Québec City and Lévis provide a spectacular vantage point for the start of the offshore race. No other such race offers this kind of natural opportunity to see boats and their crews up close. During the first day of the race, the public will be able to follow the sailboats, moving along the length of the river’s shoreline to follow their progress.


International Monohull Open Class Association, or IMOCA, identifies 60-foot, monohulled boats for which the flagship race is the Vendée Globe, solo around-the-world race.

CLASS40 40

Class of monohulled offshore racers whose overall length is 40 feet. This class includes the greatest number (more than 130) of boats.

OPEN 45+

All other monohulled boats whose overall length is 45 feet and over. This class allows registration of any monohulled boat that meets offshore racing regulations.

MULTI50 50

Class of offshore multihull racer whose overall length is 50 feet.

OPEN 39-70

All other multihulled boats whose overall length is at least 39 feet, and less than 70 feet.


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  • Voile Internationale Québec

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