Time penalty decides Route du Rhum
Published on November 25th, 2022
(November 25, 2022; Day 17) – After French skipper Roland Jourdain (We Explore) was deemed the winner of the Rhum Multihull class in the 12th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, he dropped to second after being been given a statutory time penalty of 90 minutes as he had a broken lead seal on his boat.
Jourdain had finished today at 19:06:00hrs UTC with an elapsed time for the 3542 nautical miles solo course from Saint-Malo to Guadelope of 16 days 5 hours and 51 minutes in his 61-foot Outremer.
Loïc Escoffier (Lodigroup) had crossed the finish line second today in his 50-foot Barreau design but has now been declared winner of the Rhum Multi division. He crossed the line at Pointe-à-Pitre line at 19:52:23hrs UTC, some 43 mins 23 seconds after Jourdain.
In the 44 year history of the Route du Rhum, there has never been so many solo skippers planning to start November 6 (postponed to Nov. 9) as in 2022. On this 12th edition, 138 solo racers will compete on the classic race which leaves Saint-Malo, France and heads across the Atlantic to Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Six divisions will compete, beginning with the eight entries in the Ultims and eight in the Ocean Fifty division. Thirty-seven IMOCAs will be there, 55 Class40s as well as 16 in the Rhum Multi (64-feet and less) category and 14 in Rhum Mono (39+ feet) fleets.
Among the competitors, 5% (7) are women across the IMOCA, Class40, and Rhum Mono. Fourteen nationalities will be represented, including Japanese and Chinese skippers. In total, 20% of the participants are from outside France. Half of the French skippers are either residents or natives of Brittany where the race starts from, while there are also 6% Guadeloupeans among the competitors.
Source: OC Sport Pen Duick