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VIDEO – Route du Rhum: the fleet of 138 sailors took the start, a skipper was injured

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VIDEO – Route du Rhum: the fleet of 138 sailors took the start, a skipper was injured
Written by madishthestylebar

The 138 skippers of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe set off for this solo transatlantic race this Wednesday at 2:15 p.m., in exceptional weather conditions: 15-20 knots of westerly wind, fair to rough seas, generous sunshine, with more favorable weather than Sunday 6 November. The departure had been postponed due to the difficult weather conditions threatening the sailors and their sailboats. A first in the history of the race.

About fifteen boats took the departure a little early. As the rules state, they’re going to geta four hour penalty. The 138 solo sailors set sail for the first mark of the course, Cap Fréhel. Charles Caudrelier, on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, took the lead in the fleet.

An injured skipper gives up

At the time of departure, Sam Goodchild aboard the Ocean Fifty “Leyton” was injured.
He was transferred and taken care of by a doctor on an SNSM boat. He was injured in the arm and face. His boat returned to Saint-Malo.

Sam Goodchild’s boat returns to Saint-Malo
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Laetitia Cherbonnel

Sam Goodchild is a specialist in offshore racing, both crewed and solo. After a childhood spent on a boat in the Grenadines, the British skipper moved to France about ten years ago. He has taken part in numerous races, both on multihulls and on monohulls designed for single-handed sailing.

Sam Goodchild aboard his Ocean Fifty Leyton


Marin Le Roux – polaRYSE / Leyton

Another solo sailor, Sacha Daunar, skipper of the Class40 Bateau Cit’Hôtel – Région Guadeloupe is also heading for Saint-Malo. This time for technical problems obviously.

Crossing records in both Ultim and Imoca?

With a staggered start due to bad weather conditions, racing just might be even faster than four years ago. The skippers could go very fast from the first hours with even more efficient boats than for the previous edition in 2018. The trade winds could also arrive earlier and well help sailors. These easterly winds, close to the equator, which can blow at nearly 20 km/h can propel competitors at high speed towards Guadeloupe.

Seven days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 47 seconds. This is the absolute record of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, established in 2018 by Francis Joyon aboard his faithful IDEC Sport.

In Imoca, the race record has been held by François Gabart since the 2014 edition. His race time: 12 days 4 hours 38 minutes and 55 seconds. He was sailing on a boat launched in 2011 and which was not equipped with foils.

Find the position of the skippers in real time of this 12th edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe by clicking HERE
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