Every four years, France’s most intrepid offshore sailors take part in the Route du Rhum. Starting from the historic French port of St Malo and finishing in Guadeloupe after a 3,500 mile dash across the Atlantic.
November 2014 saw enormous crowds watch the 91 entrants cross the start line heading in to the North Atlantic storms. Shirley meets the skippers of the Ultimate Class, boats that seem impossible to sail alone. Multihulls that require skill, concentration, aggression and respect, this is fast and furious sailing on the edge.
Loïck Peyron took the helm of Banque Popular VII with only 6 weeks to prepare, this is his 7th attempt at winning the Route du Rhum and his 49th transatlantic crossing. 32 years after his first attempt Loick set a new course record of 7 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 32 seconds to win the 2014 Route du Rhum.
Transatlantic race captures a nation
A solo sprint across the Atlantic
Fleet sails off for 3,500 mile race