The Route du Rhum is a transatlantic single-handed yacht race, which takes place 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 158 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.

Route du Rhum
First held1978
Typesingle-handed off-shore race
ClassesUltime, IMOCA, Multi 50, Class40, Rhum
StartSaint-Malo
FinishPointe-à-Pitre
ChampionIDEC SPORT
Francis Joyon
Most titlesLaurent Bourgnon (2)
Websitehttp://www.routedurhum.com
Foot impression of Michael Burch, first winner of the Route du Rhum race

Current record is 7d 14h 21m 47s, set on November 11, 2018 by Francis Joyon.

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 standingsEdit

Year Position Yachtsman Yacht Time
1978 (38 entries)
1   Michael Birch Olympus Photo 23d 6h 58'35"
2   Michel Malinovsky Kriter V 23d 7h 01'13"
3   Philip Weld Rogue Wave 23d 15h 51'32"
1982 (52 entries)
1   Marc Pajot Elf Aquitaine 18d 01h 38'
2   Bruno Peyron Jaz 18d 11h 46'
3   Michael Birch Vital 18d 13h 44'
1986 (33 entries)
1   Philippe Poupon Fleury Michon 14d 15h 57'
2   Bruno Peyron Ericsson 16d 17h 03'
3   Lionel Péan Hitachi 17d 07h 08'
1990 (31 entries)
1   Florence Arthaud Pierre 1er 14d 10h 08'
2   Philippe Poupon Fleury Michon 14d 18h 39'
3   Laurent Bourgnon RMO 14d 18h 46'
1994 (24 entries)
1   Laurent Bourgnon Primagaz 14d 06h 28'
2   Paul Vatine Région Haute Normandie 14d 09h 38'
3   Yves Parlier Cacolac d'Aquitaine 15d 19h 23'
1998 (35 entries)
1   Laurent Bourgnon Primagaz 12d 8h 41'
2   Alain Gautier Brocéliande 12d 11h 54'
3   Franck Cammas Groupama 12d 19h 41'
2002 (58 entries)
1   Michel Desjoyeaux Géant 13d 7h 53'
2   Marc Guillemot Biscuits La Trinitaine 13d 19h 36'18"
3   Lalou Roucayrol Banque Populaire 14d 07h 1'
2006 (74 entries)
1   Lionel Lemonchois Gitana 11 7d 17h 19'6"
2   Pascal Bidégorry Banque Populaire 8d 4h 25'7"
3   Thomas Coville Sodeb'O 8d 13h 39'02"
2010 (87 entries)
1   Franck Cammas Groupama 3 9d 3h 14'47"
2   Francis Joyon IDEC 2 9d 13h 50'48"
3   Thomas Coville Sodebo 10d 3h 13'11"
2014 (88 entries)
1   Loïck Peyron Banque Populaire VII 7d 15h 8' 32"
2   Yann Guichard Spindrift 2 8d 5h 18' 46"
3   Sébastien Josse Edmond de Rotschild 8d 14h 47' 9"
2018 (123 entries)
1   Francis Joyon IDEC SPORT 7d 14h 21' 47"
2   François Gabart MACIF 7d 14h 28' 55"
3a   Armel Tripon Réauté Chocolat (Multi50) 11d 07h 32' 40"
3b   Thomas Coville Sodebo Ultim 16d 07h 45' 36"

IMOCA 60' standingsEdit

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2002
1   Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher 13d 13h 31'47"
2   Mike Golding Ecover 13d 22h 49'35"
3   Joé Seeten Arcelor-Dunkerque 16d 00h 51'51"
2006
1   Roland Jourdain Sill & Veolia 12d 11h 58'58"
2   Jean Le Cam VM Matériaux 12d 12h 26'53"
3   Jean-Pierre Dick Virbac-Paprec 12d 20h 27'58"
2010
1   Roland Jourdain Veolia Environnement 13d 17h 10'56"
2   Armel Le Cléac’h Brit Air 14d 1h 6'7"
3   Marc Guillemot Safran 14d 12h 28'2"
2014
1   François Gabart Macif 12d 04h 38'55"
2   Jérémie Beyou Maitre Coq 12d 12h 11'18"
3   Marc Guillemot Safran 13d 01h 59'20"
2018
1   Paul Meilhat SMA 12d 11h 23'18"
2   Yann Eliès UCAR-St.Michel 12d 13h 38'30"
3   Alex Thomson Hugo Boss 12d 23h 10'58"

50' Multihull standingsEdit

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2002
1   Franck-Yves Escoffier Crêpes Whaou 16d 23h 9'42"
2   Anne Caseneuve YachtingCasino.com 17d 22h 37'7"
3   Hervé Cleris Vaincre la mucoviscidose 18d 18h 55'52"
2006
1   Franck-Yves Escoffier Crêpes Whaou 11d 17h 28'11"
2   Éric Bruneel Trilogic 13d 14h 58'35"
3   Victorien Erussard Laiterie de Saint-Malo 16d 18h 29'54"
2010
1   Lionel Lemonchois Prince de Bretagne 15d 04h 50'48"
2   Lalou Roucayrol Région Aquitaine - Port Médoc 15d 12h 30'14"
3   Loïc Fequet Maître Jacques 15d 14h 28'26"
2014
1   Erwan Le Roux Fenêtre A Cardinal 11d 05h 13'55"
2   Lalou Roucayrol Arkema-Région Aquitaine 11d 21h 29'10"
3   Gilles Lamiré Rennes Métropole-Saint Malo Agglomération 12d 10h 44'37"
2018
1   Armel Tripon Réauté Chocolat 11d 07h 32'40"
2   Erwan Le Roux Fenetrea-Mix Buffet 12d 01h 09'12"
3   Thibaut Vauchel Camus Solidaires en Peloton Arsep 12d 09h 18'44"

40' Monohull standingsEdit

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2006
1   Phil Sharp PSR 18d 10h 21'01"
2   Gildas Morvan Oyster Funds 19d 08h 52'00"
3   Ian Munslow Boland Mills 21d 09h 45'31"
2010
1   Thomas Ruyant Destination Dunkerque 17d 23h 10'17"
2   Nicolas Troussel Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne 18d 02h 40'15"
3   Yvan Noblet Appart City 18d 06h 38'17"
2014
1   Alex Pella Tales II 16d 17h 47'08"
2   Thibaut Vauchel-Camus Solidaires en Peloton 17d 04h 33'03"
3   Kito de Pavant OTIO - Bastide Médical 17d 05h 07'03"
2018
1   Yoann Richomme Veedol-AIC 16d 03h 22'44"
2   Aymeric Chappellier Aina Enfance & Avenir 16d 11h 16'15"
3   Phil Sharp Imerys Clean Energy 16d 13h 01'50"

Rhum Category 2010-2014Edit

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2010
1   Andrea Mura Vento di Sardegna 19d 09h 40'30"
2   Luc Coquelin Pour le Rire Médecin 20d 13d 15' 36"
3   Julien Mabit monopticien.com 22d 07h 42'56"
2014
1   Anne Caseneuve ANEO 17d 07h 06'03"
2   Andrea Mura Vento di Sardegna 20d 02h 19' 36"
3   Robin Knox-Johnston GreyPower 20d 07h 52'22"

Rhum MultiEdit

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2018
1   Pierre Antoine Olmix 15d 21h 15'5"
2   Jean-François Lilti Ecole Diagonale pour Citoyens du Monde 18d 07h 47'45"
3   Etienne Hochedé PIR2 19d 00h 18'06"

Rhum MonoEdit

Year Pos. Sailor Yacht Time
2018
1   Sidney Gavignet Café Joyeux 16d 10h 18'5"
2   Sebastien Destremau Alcatrazit-FaceOcean 17d 07h 25'44"
3   Luc Coquelin Rotary-La Mer Pour Tous 22d 08h 24'12"

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