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The Route du Rhum ocean race

24 October >> 4 November 2018

Logo Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe

40 years of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe

Departure Sunday, November 4, 2018

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!

One departure point and one date and time to remember - on November 4, 2018, the world of ocean racing takes off on a new chapter in its history. 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.

The Guadeloupe Regional authorities on the bridge

An exclusive major partner, the Guadeloupe Region has brought its fervour to the race, and its support has never waned since its creation. Eighteen months from the next departure date, the community, chaired by Ary Chalus, confirmed its commitment to the organisers, the sailors, the city of Saint-Malo and the Brittany Region. The dynamic exchange initiated three years ago will continue in this way, reinforcing links between the two territories, at departure and arrival, Bretons and Guadeloupians in unison, with a common maritime heritage.

Six categories of craft

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, around 120 solitaires start from the Grouin to celebrate the 40 years of the event. True to its values of openness, the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe welcomes all yachts over 39 feet in length. For this anniversary race, competitors will be divided into six classes, rather than five, as in five in 2014. The Ultimate category and its will be present in Saint-Malo alongside the Imoca boats and their skippers. The Multi 50 now has foil keels, while the Class40 offers a tasty mix of professional and amateur sailors. To these four categories, meeting strict rules, two more categories are racing, without which the event would not be what it is. Some were involved in the very first race, like the sister ship of the small yellow trimaran of Mike Birch, first winner. Suffice to say that they are part of the history of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe and that they carry in them the essence of this "Liberty race," that Michel Etévenon strived for. The boats in the Rhum category are now be divided into two families, the multihulls on one side and the monohulls on the other, offering race lovers lots of thrilling possibilities.

See you in Saint-Malo on Sunday, November 4th, 2018 for the 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe!

The Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018 in a nutshell

Departure Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Village departure from October 24 to November 4, 2018​
Departure from: Saint-Malo - Brittany. Finish: Pointe-à-Pitre - Guadeloupe
Distance: 3,542 milles
An event organided by OC Sport Pen Duick

Classes admitted:

• ULTIMATE Multihulls LHT ≥ 60 feet

• MULTI50 Multihulls in accordance with Multi50 rules

• IMOCA Monohulls in accordance with IMOCA rules

• CLASS40 Monohulls in accordance with Class40 rules

• Multihull RUM LHT ≥ 39 feet and & lt; 60 feet and can not fit in a class defined above RHUM LH Monococci ≥ 39 feet and can not enter a class defined above To form a class, it must have at least 5 boats. The number of boats invited to participate in the event is limited to 120 subject to confirmation of the school holidays by the National Education.

Who will win in 2018?

Loick Peyron winner of the Route du Rhum 2014 - Destination Guadeloupe! Who will win the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe in 2018?