Route du Rhum: Three down, Three to go
Published on November 19th, 2018
(November 19, 2018; Day 16) – With three class winners already decided in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race, the other three division champions should all arrive sometime tomorrow in the Class40 fleet and in the amateur Rhum classes – the Monos and Multis.
The first to finish the 3,542nm course tomorrow is expected to be the French sailor Pierre Antoine at the helm of the 15m trimaran Olmix who is set to win the Rhum Multi class by a big margin, despite having to stop to pick up Lalou Roucayrol from his capsized trimaran, Arkema.
Next into the finish of the 40th anniversary edition is likely to be Yoann Richomme on Veedol-AIC who has put on a masterclass in his new boat at the front of the Class40 fleet. Richomme will be followed by Sidney Gavignet, who has been just as dominant as Antoine, but in the Rhum Mono class on board the Finot-designed 16m Café Joyeux.
Background: The 11th edition and 40th anniversary staging of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race got underway on November 4. Held ever four years, this iconic 3,542-nautical mile course takes the record entry of 123 skippers in six divisions – Ultime, Multi 50, Imoca 60, Class 40, Rhum Multi, and Rhum Mono – from the start off the Brittany port of Saint Malo (France) to Guadeloupe.
Source: Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe