Route du Rhum

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The Route du Rhum is a transatlantic single-handed yacht race, which takes places every 4 years in November. The course is between Saint Malo, Brittany, France and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. The first competition, won by Canadian Michael Birch in his boat Olympus Photo by a margin of 98 seconds over second-placed Michel Malinovsky in Kriter V was held in 1978, and was marked in tragedy by the disappearance of Alain Colas during the crossing.

The 2006 race began on 29 October 2006, with a maximum of 60 boats competing in 4 categories:

  • ORMA Class: Multihulls measuring from 59’ to 60’ in length
  • IMOCA Class: Monohulls measuring from 58’ to 60’ in length
  • Class 2 Monohulls and multihulls measuring from 45.1 to 50’
  • Class 3 Monohulls and multihulls measuring from 40’ to 45’
  • Class 40 Monohulls (40', specific class)

General standings[edit]

Year Position Yachtsman Yacht Time
1978 (38 entries)
1 Canada Michael Birch Olympus photo 23d 6h 58'35"
2 France Michel Malinovsky Kriter V 23d 7h 01'13"
3 United States Philip Weld Rogue Wave 23d 15h 51'32"
1982 (52 entries)
1 France Marc Pajot Elf Aquitaine 18d 01h 38'
2 France Bruno Peyron Jaz 18d 11h 46'
3 Canada Michael Birch Vital 18d 13h 44'
1986 (33 entries)
1 France Philippe Poupon Fleury Michon 14d 15h 57'
2 France Bruno Peyron Ericsson 16d 17h 03'
3 France Lionel Péan Hitachi 17d 07h 08'
1990 (31 entries)
1 France Florence Arthaud Pierre 1er 14d 10h 08'
2 France Philippe Poupon Fleury Michon 14d 18h 39'
3 France Laurent Bourgnon RMO 14d 18h 46'
1994 (24 entries)
1 France Laurent Bourgnon Primagaz 14d 06h 28'
2 France Paul Vatine Région Haute Normandie 14d 09h 38'
3 France Yves Parlier Cacolac d'Aquitaine 15d 19h 23'
1998 (35 entries)
1 France Laurent Bourgnon Primagaz 12d 8h 41'
2 France Alain Gautier Brocéliande 12d 11h 54'
3 France Franck Cammas Groupama 12d 19h 41'
2002 (58 entries)
1 France Michel Desjoyeaux Géant 13d 7h 53'
2 France Marc Guillemot Biscuits La Trinitaine 13d 19h 36'18"
3 France Lalou Roucayrol Banque Populaire 14d 07h 1'
2006 (74 entries)
1 France Lionel Lemonchois Gitana 11 7d 17h 19'6"
2 France Pascal Bidégorry Banque Populaire 8d 4h 25'7"
3 France Thomas Coville Sodeb'O 8d 13h 39'02"
2010 (87 entries)
1 France Franck Cammas Groupama 3 9d 3h 14'47"
2 France Francis Joyon IDEC 9d 13h 50'48"
3 France Thomas Coville Sodebo 10d 3h 13'11"

IMOCA 60' standings[edit]

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2002
1 England Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher 13d 13h 31'47"
2 England Mike Golding Ecover 13d 22h 49'35"
3 France Joé Seeten Arcelor-Dunkerque 16d 00h 51'51"
2006
1 France Rolland Jourdain Sill & Veolia 12d 11h 58'58"
2 France Jean Le Cam VM Matériaux 12d 12h 26'53"
3 France Jean-Pierre Dick Virbac-Paprec 12d 20h 27'58"
2010
1 France Rolland Jourdain Veolia Environnement 13d 17h 10'56"
2 France Armel Le Cléac’h Brit Air 14d 1h 6'7"
3 France Marc Guillemot Safran 14d 12h 28'2"

50' Multihull standings[edit]

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2002
1 France Franck-Yves Escoffier Crêpes Whaou 16d 23h 9'42"
2 France Anne Caseneuve YachtingCasino.com 17d 22h 37'7"
3 Hervé Cleris Vaincre la mucoviscidose 18d 18h 55'52"
2006
1 France Franck-Yves Escoffier Crêpes Whaou 11d 17h 28'11"
2 France Éric Bruneel Trilogic 13d 14h 58'35"
3 France Victorien Erussard Laiterie de Saint-Malo 16d 18h 29'54"
2010
1 France Lionel Lemonchois Prince de Bretagne 15d 4h 50'48"
2 France Lalou Roucayrol Région Aquitaine - Port Médoc 15d 12h 30'14"
3 France Loïc Fequet Maître Jacques 15d 14h 28'26"

40' Monohull standings[edit]

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2006
1 United Kingdom Phil Sharp PSR 18d 10h 21'01"
2 France Gildas Morvan Oyster Funds 19d 08h 52'00"
3 United Kingdom Ian Munslow Boland Mills 21d 09h 45'31"
2010
1 France Thomas Ruyant Destination Dunkerque 17d 23h 10'17"
2 France Nicolas Troussel Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne 18d 2h 40'15"
3 France Yvan Noblet Appart City 18d 6h 38'17"

Rhum Category[edit]

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2010
1 Italy Andrea Mura Vento di Sardegna 19d 09h 40'30"
2 France Luc Coquelin Pour le Rire Médecin 20d 13d 15' 36"
3 France Julien Mabit monopticien.com 22d 7h 42'56"

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