Solo Transatlantic of 3542 milles from Saint-Malo to Point-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe
Created in 1978 by Michel Etevenon, the Route du Rhum owes its existence to one man’s desire to provide French and overseas sailors with a context for adventure and freedom in light of what some perceived ... as British rigidity. From the first edition, the incredible end scenario was to give the race a rather special dimension, a point especially well illustrated by a little yellow 11-metre trimaran, which pipped a 21-metre monohull to the post. Mike Birch took the win just 98 seconds ahead of Michel Malinovsky and his victory sounded the beginning of the multihulls’ supremacy over the monohulls.
The queen of the solo transatlantic races, the Route du Rhum is contested every four years and its route has remained unaltered in the past ten editions: start in Saint Malo and finish in Pointe-à-Pitre after a 3,500-mile Atlantic crossing. An event for multiple classes, the race is also open to multihulls and monohulls, though it’s true that the star category remains that of the large multihulls, which have marked the history of the transatlantic race. LIRE_LA_SUITE