Route Du Rhum yacht race

Route Du Rhum Drama…

The first 24 hours haven’t been ‘plain sailing’ for those taking part in the 2014 Route Du Rhum Transatlantic race.

With 11 abandonments (details below), bad fortune was not selective;

  1. Thomas Coville (Ultime – Sodebo Ultim’) : collision with cargo ship
  2.  Bertrand de Broc (IMOCA – Votre Nom autour du Monde) : elbow injury 
  3.  Alain Delhumeau (Multi50 – Royan) : dismasted
  4. Loic Fequet (Multi50 – Maitre Jacques) : float damaged
  5. Erik Nigon (Mulit50 – Un monde sans sida) : mainsail shredded
  6. Gilles Buekenhout (Multi50 – Nootka Architectes de l’urgence) : rudder broke
  7. Francois Angoulvant (Class40 – Team Sabrosa SR 40MK2) : lost keel
  8. Marc Lepesqueux (Class40 – Sensation Class40) : lost keel
  9. Nicolas Troussel (Class40 – Credit Mutuel de Bretagne) : injury
  10. Thierry Bouchard (Class40 – : injury
  11. Arnaud Boissières (Class40 – Du Rhum au Globe) : technical problem

Loick Peyron and the giant Banque Populaire VII is currently leading the race by around 45 miles ahead of Yann Guichard on Spindrift 2. However Guichard was steadily marching up through slightly more moderate breezes and was around 10 knots quicker on yesterday afternoons’ pole. 

Keep up to date with the latest news at and see some great images by Mark Lloyd of the start on the Lloyd Images website.