It was begun.
They are just turning away from the shore.
Yann Elies (2006 France offshore racing champion and winner of the Jules Vernes trophy) seems to have a slight advantage. There are two ladies on the pursuing group: Sam and Jeanne Gregoire.
Go here and click on "Cartograhhie" and you can "see" the race in real time.
Site Officiel de la Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE 2010
Go to "Videos" and you can see the interesting motor trimaran that is going to follow all the race, broadcasting great movies, that are going to be on line every day. That's a coverage