Some very interesting news:
Armel le Cleach the one that finish 2th on the Vendee Globe is going to race (solo) Le Route du Rhum on a Maxi trimaran. Banque Populaire bought Groupama 3 and the one that is going to sail it is Armel
. Good luck to him in taming that monster.
Another interesting new, Coville is trying to buy Geronimo. He wants a bigger (34m) and faster boat. If he buys it I believe the boat is going to be modified not only to solo sailing but also in regards a hydrodynamic update. The boat beat in 2004 with Olivier de Kersauson the world circumnavigation record.
Some numbers regarding the race:
Last edition the number of visitants on the race "village": 1 200 000
5000 press articles.
80 tv hours.
Some sponsors talk about a 300% return on the investment.
That's the only way to have a really big race and professional sailors: Having a positive return to the investment of sponsors is a necessary condition for having so many expensive and sophisticated race sailing machines.
Contrary to many other sail races this is not a millionaires race but one among professional racers that race in boats owned by sponsors.