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Route du Rum 2014

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.


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