Route du Rhum : les dernières infos Tip & Shaft

The Route du Rhum is a single-handed transatlantic sailing race from Saint Malo (France) to Point-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe). Find the latest news and investigations from Tip & Shaft on this historic race.

Charles Caudrelier vainqueur Route du Rhum

Charles Caudrelier’s Route du Rhum win analysed by our experts

Charles Caudrelier won the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in Ultim on Wednesday. Aided by experts – sailors Pascal Bidégorry and Franck Cammas, the race director of Finistère Atlantique (among others things) Gildas Morvan, Christian Le Pape, former director of the Finistère racing center off Port-la-Forêt, and Pierre-Marie Bourguinat, journalist who follows the Ultims for the organization -, Tip & Shaft, offers you a decryption of this announced success.

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The Route du Rhum viewed by the routers

The 12th edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe started on Wednesday at 2:15 p.m., and there has been no shortage of twists in the first 24 hours, some of them very cruel such as the abandonment of Sam Goodchild from the Ocean Fifty class, the U-turn of Armel Le Cléac’ h in Ultim, a class in which Charles Caudrelier is under the threat of a 4 hour penalty. Tip & Shaft brought together two weather routing specialists, Dominic Vittet and Christian Dumard – who are respectively part of the routing cells of Yves Le Blevec and Francis Joyon in Ultim – to discuss the weather scenario at the start of the race.

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Gitana Ultim

Ultim, Class40: who will win the Route du Rhum?

As in every major event, Tip & Shaft has mustered a panel of experts to analyse field in each class for the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe which starts this Sunday November 6. For this second part now looking at the Ultims and Class40s, we have coaches Tanguy Leglatin and Etienne Saïz, designer Vincent Lauriot Prévost, co-founder of VPLP, Gildas Morvan, ex Figarist who was race director this year for the Finistère Atlantique and the 24h Ultim, sailors Achille Nebout and Pascal Bidégorry, as well as Didier Ravon, journalist for Voiles & Voiliers and Liberation.

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Flotte Imoca

Imoca/Ocean Fifty: who will win the Route du Rhum?

As before every major event, Tip & Shaft has invited a panel of experts to analyse the line-up for the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe which starts on 6th November. In this first part dedicated to the Imoca and Ocean Fifty competitors, we talked to Antoine Mermod, the president of the Imoca class, Jeanne Grégoire, head of the Pôle Finistère Ocean Racing training centre, Daniel Souben, trainer in La Trinité-sur-mer for Orlabay, the sailors, Yann Eliès, Christopher Pratt and Vincent Riou, as well as Jacques Guyader, journalist with Ouest-France.

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Roland jourdain route du rhum

Roland Jourdain: “the Route du Rhum is the cornerstone of my career”

At 58, Roland Jourdain will start his fourth Route du Rhum in a month’s time. He is a double winner in Imoca (2006 and 2010). He now devotes most of his time to his company Kaïros and to the Explore fund but is setting off this time in the Rhum Multi class on the We Explore catamaran, a variation of the Outremer 5X, built partly in flax  fibre. Tip & Shaft spoke with “Bilou“.

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Saint Malo village départ Route du Rhum

Route du Rhum: the full organisation is in place

The record field of 138 skippers who will take on the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe were presented at the official press conference which took place on Wednesday in Paris. And so it proved a good opportunity for Tip & Shaft to take look at the organisation of what after all is the biggest solo ocean race in the world

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Trimaran SVR Lazartigue François Gabart Ultime

Gabart vs Ultime classe: the two parties expand on their positions

Thursday this week saw a hearing held in the Paris court to examine the action brought by the Kresk group against the Ultim 32/23 class, the two parties opposing on whether the SVR Lazartigue trimaran conforms to the exact rules of the class (see our article). During the process Samuel Tual, CEO of Actual, and Ronan Lucas, director of Team Banque Populaire, explained themselves during a telephone press briefing. Tip & Shaft looks back on the day.

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SVR Lazartigue, Ultim François Gabart

François Gabart: “Our only objective is to run and win the Route du Rhum”

Last Tuesday François Gabart arrived in Marseille at the helm of his trimaran SVR Lazartigue, which is making a tour of the Mediterranean to meet staff of the Kresk group. It seemed like a good opportunity for Tip & Shaft to talk with him about the performance of the trimaran and of course also the dispute between his team and the Ultim 32/23 class which is now bound for the courts. 

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Who will win The Route du Rhum, Ultime and Imoca

As has become our norm before major ocean races Tip & Shaft have gathered a panel of experts to chose who they consider to be the podium favourites for the upcoming Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. For this Part 1 our experts cast their eyes over the ULTIME and IMOCA classes. We invited Michel Desjoyeaux, race winner in 2002 in the ORMA multihull class, Jean-Pierre Dick, third in 2006 and fourth in 2010 in the IMOCA class, Yves Le Blévec fourth in 2014 in the Multi 50, Irish expert Marcus Hutchinson who has collaborated with several IMOCA skippers over the years, Xavier Gilbaud the designer from VPLP and leading French journalists Anouk Corge (L’Equipe) and Jacques Guyader (Ouest-France) to spill the beans.

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