Spectators and skippers will have to wait a little longer. The organizers of the Route du Rhum announced on Saturday November 5 that the start of the famous race was postponed to ” Tuesday or Wednesday “ due to the weather. The start of the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum, a solo transatlantic race, was to be given on Sunday in Saint-Malo bound for Guadeloupe.
“A decision confirmed in particular by the passage of a very violent depression, accompanied by very strong seas blocking the route from the first night and leaving no escape for the sailors to leave the Channel”explains the organization in a press release.
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Many worried skippers
The announcement was made after a weather briefing provided to the 138 sailors taking part in this prestigious race, which has taken place every four years since 1978. “It is 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”said the organizers.
For several days, concern had been mounting on the pontoons of Saint-Malo among the sailors involved, a mixture of amateurs and professionals, when the degraded weather conditions announced after the start.
Race management justifies this decision by “a very strong swell raised by tropical storm Martin”. “Seven meters of hollow are expected in the Channel from Monday. It is in particular the timing of the passage of this phenomenon which makes the situation even more complex, leaving no alternative route to escape to the south in safety.is it still explained in the press release.