The Route du Rhum 40th Anniversary - Saint-Malo: 4 November 2018

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Picture 1 The Route du Rhum 40th Anniversary - Saint-Malo: 4 November 2018 Picture 2 The Route du Rhum 40th Anniversary - Saint-Malo: 4 November 2018 Picture 3 The Route du Rhum 40th Anniversary - Saint-Malo: 4 November 2018

Once every four years, in November, a handkerchief-waving crowd of over 200,000 gathers on the Saint Malo coastline. It’s time for the brave skippers of the Route du Rhum to set sail and pit themselves alone against the natural forces of the sea. A modern-day adventure. An extreme race, undertaken solo, just because the ocean is there...

The Route du Rhum. Three thousand, five hundred and ten miles to devour in one sitting, between  Saint-Malo and Pointe-Ă -Pitre, for the 100 solo sailors on the starting line. A male-dominated event in which the women (Florence Artaud, Ellen MacArthur), hair flying in the wind, regularly prove themselves equally up to the challenge. One of the earliest participants, in 1978, was Alain Colas. He set out with high hopes, but his dreams sank, along with the Manureva. The message in the bottle is that Nature has no mercy when it comes to close personal combat with the seas. Participants might leave the port fresh-faced, but everyone knows their faces will soon bear the scars of a hard-fought battle. It's a game of skipper takes all, and the most recent winner was LoĂŻck Peyron on his maxi trimaran, in 2014, with a time of seven days, 15 hours and eight minutes.

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