According to Jacques Vabre race director Jean Maurel, who determines who qualifies to sail in the Jacques Vabre as well as the Route Du Rhum, the Class 50 and multihulls in general will continue to be a staple of future transats. During the 1999 Jacques Vabre, Maurel lost his crewmate, Paul Vatine, when their multihull Groupe André capsized. That year, as in this year's race, only two multihulls completed the course. Maurel has faced the worst, and he will do his best to make the transats for which he is responsible as safe as they can be, but he knows that transats are not family cruises, either. "You can create classes for speeds, and you can design boats for total safety, but you can't have both," Maurel said. "It's a dangerous sport. Just look at the Formula 1 races—those guys are driving 180 mph and everybody accepts that."