The skippers will have to wait. Initially scheduled for this Sunday, November 6 at 1:02 p.m. from Saint-Malothe start of the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum has been officially postponed to “Tuesday or Wednesday”, the organizers announced on Saturday 5 November. Expected at the start of the transatlantic race, Emmanuel Macron canceled his visit to Saint-Malo on Sunday, after this decision, learned this Saturday the political service of franceinfo at the Élysée.
The announcement was made after a weather briefing provided to the sailors involved. “It’s a good decision which aims to optimize the security of the fleet and the best possible conditions for the sporting success of the event, for the sailors and the general public”write the organizers in a press release. This postponement is due to bad weather conditions with “the passage of a very violent depression” expected in the Channel over the first 36 hours of the race.
Due to the weather conditions expected in the first hours of the race, the Race Direction and the organization of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe have announced the postponement of the start. #RDR2022
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— Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe (@RouteDuRhum) November 5, 2022
“We have received and listened to all the comments that the skippers have been able to communicate to us, said race director Francis Le Goff. In consultation with OC sport [l’organisateur], I decided to shift the start from Sunday to Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. I am very confident, the race will be beautiful, it is just postponed, and this beautiful story is only postponed for a few hours”.
The departure of the mythical solo transatlantic is generally followed on site by many curious and passionate people. A major craze for this event while Saint-Malo expected a record crowd of two million people before the start of the festivities, thirteen days ago.
Moreover, the Route du Rhum has already reached its record number of participants for this twelfth edition. Four years after the epic duel that smiled on Francis Joyon against François Gabart, the race will see no less than 138 skippers start (131 men and seven women).
The competitors in the six classes of boat, the multihulls (Ultim 32/33, Ocean Fifty, Rhum Multi) and the monohulls (Class40, Imoca, Rhum Moni), must cover 3,542 nautical miles (6,560 kilometers) to reach Pointe-à -Pitre, in Guadeloupe.