40 years of the Route du Rhum—Destination Guadeloupe


As we speak, or rather, as I write, several different types of boats are in the middle of a well-known transatlantic race—the Route du Rhum—sailing to the Caribbean. The departure date was Sunday, November 4, from Saint-Malo, Brittany. The boats will travel 3,542 to arrive in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. This year, the legendary race celebrates its 40th anniversary. Here is a brief description:

In 1978, Michel Etévenon created the most legendary of all single-handed transatlantic races, sailing from Saint-Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. On November 4, 2018, on a route unchanged since its origins, 120 boats will line-up for the 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. This eleventh race preserves all the values that have made so popular since the start, bringing together an exceptional group of seafarers, divided between six classes of boats. Supported by the Guadeloupe council, which has reconfirmed its commitment as an exclusive major sponsor, the Route du Rum is ready to distil a new cask of magic!

[. . .] Organized by OC Sport Pen Duick, a subsidiary of the Telegram Group, since 2004, the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe race celebrates its 40th anniversary. Every four years, the Queen of transatlantic single-handed races has passions running high, on land as well as on the sea. With 91 competitors in the running, more than 2 million visitors and a stunning victory from Loïck Peyron all categories combined, the 10th race in 2014 was one to remember. 2018 will undoubtedly be true to the legend of the event.

[Photo above from https://www.ouest-france.fr/route-du-rhum/direct-route-du-rhum-classements-positions-et-cartographie-en-temps-reel-6048852.]

For full article, see https://www.saint-malo-tourisme.co.uk/diary/the-main-events/the-route-du-rhum-ocean-race

For more information, see https://www.routedurhum.com/en

For article in French, see http://www.guadeloupe.franceantilles.fr/actualite/sports/route-du-rhum-2018/

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