Route du Rhum 2010: 85 sailors for a Rhum...
Eighty-five sailors, professional and amateur mixed, take this Sunday at 13h02 the start of the Route du Rhum 2010 solo transatlantic race which takes place every four years between Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine) and Pointe -a-Pitre (Guadeloupe).
the start of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale is not given from St Malo but since Cancale! It was in effect before the Pointe du Grouin that will be given the starting signal at 13 h 02 ...
On the spot, the crowd has already arrived to post the best seats and not miss the show. Many campers are parked for several days. Taking into account previous editions, 20 000 people could rub on the rocky point dominated by the semaphore...;)
All the boats will be in Saint Malo' harbour the 22th of october and will take the start the 31th at 13h02 (french hour)
Complex weather, difficult decisions but a smooth start?
Light winds and grey skies anticipated for the start
A complex weather situation which could mean very early decisions are those which shape the outcome of the race is adding extra pressure to the load for the 84 skippers in five classes who will answer the start at 1302hrs CET Sunday for this ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale.
This 9th Rum Regatta is 3543 miles (6377 km) across the Atlantic, bringing together most of the tenors of the French ocean sailing and some foreigners.
It is characterized by a record number of entrants and the return of the maxi-multihull craft powerful and dramatic, after 20 years absence.
Route du Rhum, which takes place every four years since 1978, is a major event sortif, a great human adventure and a huge popular success.
This year, more than a million fans, according to organizers, have invaded the old walled city and the coastline around to see the solitary and their boats. Some 50,000 people were placed Sunday to Cape Freels, about fifty km west of Saint-Malo, the last place where you can see the competitors from the land before the arrival in Guadeloupe.
In 2006, Lionel Lemonchois was connected to the old walled city of Guadeloupe in a record time of 7 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes at the high average of 19.11 knots (34 km / h).