Route du Rhum

From Coffee to Rum……

Published on 21 september 2017 at 0h00

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From one legendary transat to another.

The Jacques Vabre Transat will be riveting stuff, because the boats involved will be pushed to their limits by some top level pairings, and because this race is also ideal preparation for the future Route du Rhum/Destination Guadeloupe 2018. Just imagine the turbo-charged fleet that would be lining up in St Malo if all the M50s and the Ultims (these are multihulls that are longer than 60' including the MOD 70 and Spindrift 2, with the criteria being slightly less strict than the usual Ultim limits of 24 to 32 meters) are all present for this 40th edition!  We must also mention those defectors from the M50 class, which is currently in a state of flux-see article and the 40's from the Rhum multi class including the powerful Jess of Gilles Buekenhout (see his views later in this article). Some classic Golden Oldies of all sizes will also be there. Just to name a few including the three A Capella diehards: A Capella (Acapella/Charlie Capelle, Bilfot/JP Froc, Happy/Loïc Peyron), Pir2/Etienne Hochedé (Langevin 50’), Rusty Pelican-Koen Joustra (Newick 44’, as long as all the work is done in time), and Pierre Tanay's Trice 3 (Newick 37-40’)… In short, this 40th anniversary edition should break all the records. Whilst looking forward to the hugely anticipated departure  of this mythical race on the 4th November 2018, we thought that we'd find out what some of the M50 skippers are thinking before the Jacques Vabre and the next ...

This article appeared in issue 156. To read the article in full, buy this issue individually

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