Saint-Malo prepares to celebrate La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

Saint-Malo prepares to celebrate La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

by Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 23 Oct 12:10 PDT
November 6, 2022

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From Tuesday 25 October, the historic departure town of Saint Malo, in the heart of the Brittany region, will welcome more than 138 boats which will compete in the 12th edition of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe.

This world-renowned single-handed Transatlantic is a sporting event that would be nothing without the popular seaside festival that the City of Saint-Malo and the organizers of the OC Sport Pen Duick race put on each edition. A huge free village, open to all, has been designed to accommodate the fleet and its skippers in town and offer visitors a multitude of educational, fun and inspiring activities in a program that will delight young and old. The “Corsair City” is preparing to maintain the festive atmosphere for 13 days before the start of the race.

Here is the main practical information for visitors and future visitors to Saint-Malo.

A free village open to all which aims more to improve the comfort and ergonomics of visitors

Indeed, the site has been in full swing since the arrival of the first contractors at the end of September, setting up the village for this edition, under the ramparts of the City of Saint-Malo. It’s completely free and open to everyone, it will open its doors on Tuesday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. local time. This year, the huge space has above all been designed around the comfort, pleasure and well-being of visitors, built across in a larger space.

Among these novelties are:

  • An increase in the number of entry and exit points (7 compared to 4 in 2018) to facilitate access and comfort for visitors of all ages.
  • A village area without music from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every day
  • Accessible to people with reduced mobility: shuttles and PMR car parks will be available as well as clear passages at the entrances and exits of the village allowing more fluid circulation.
  • It will also be possible to scan around thirty different QR codes spread over the village to listen to descriptive audio content of the race.
  • A rest area for disabled people has also been set up in the courtyard of the Château (Saint-Malo Town Hall – Place Chateaubriand).

This new system benefits from enhanced security and signage for better circulation within it.

There are more than 200 exhibitors spread over about thirty halls ensuring the choice for the public of the complete promises. Between the pavilion of the islands of Guadeloupe of 1,000 m2, that of the Brittany Region and the City of Saint-Malo, in partnership with Saint-Malo Agglomeration, the animations will not be lacking. Main partner of the race, the banking group CIC as well as all the major partners, suppliers and licensees of the race as well as the companies involved alongside the skippers, have prepared large stands and exhibitions in the halls Saint-Vincent, Saint-Louis and Stock Exchange Quays.

The official inauguration, in the presence of all the partners of the race, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Thirteen days of entertainment: Summary of the highlights that promise a great party

From October 25 at 4:35 p.m., the parade of boat arrivals will begin in front of the port of Saint-Malo, before entering the locks of the port to be visible to all within the Vauban and Duguay Trouin basins. And the docks should be a spectacle, weather permitting.

  • October 25 at 4:35 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.: the Ultim 32/23 and the Ocean Fifty will begin their parades and enter the dock
  • On October 26 at 5.12 p.m., 6.12 p.m. and 7.12 p.m., the IMOCAs will put on their show;
  • October 28 at 8:36 a.m. and 9:36 a.m.: the Class40s will be out for a loop parade.
  • On October 29 at 9.12 am and 10.12 am, it will be the turn of Rhum Mono and Rhum Multi to go out and show visitors the boats in their “natural habitat” on the water.

Free spectator stands are open to all to allow as many people as possible (within the limit of available seats) to attend the show. This new initiative has been set up in collaboration with the Brittany Region and the City of Saint-Malo, which rely on the expertise of the sports and event organization of OC Sport Pen Duick. It has been a long time project to provide this unique experience.

On Friday October 28, a conference day on the theme “Engaged Ocean” will be organized at the Auditorium of the Palais du Grand Large with the Surfrider Foundation from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Several skippers will participate as well as many other speakers.

These conferences are totally free, but registration is required:

Download the detailed program.

That same day from 7:30 p.m., the Malouin singer Broken Back will give a free concert on the Main Stage in the heart of the village.

Among the other highlights, the official presentation of the skippers will take place on Sunday October 30 from 5 p.m. on the Main Stage in the village. Hosted by Gaëlle Millon and Serge Herbin, this “event within an event” will bring together the entire line-up of this 12th edition, known or less known sailors, professionals or amateurs who will share the details of their projects and their dreams. A moment of sharing with the Malouin public before taking the start.

The organization has also worked tirelessly to prepare the departure of the boats which will use the famous locks during skilfully timed departures scheduled between Friday 4 November afternoon and Sunday 6 in the early morning. There are a total of twelve locks which will be used by monohulls and multihulls. The free and open stands will be accessible again to allow all those who wish to admire the boats one last time, before returning to Guadeloupe.

  • Friday, November 4: Ultim 32/23 will be released at 2:08 p.m., 3:08 p.m. and 4:08 p.m.
  • Saturday November 5: the Rhum Multi and Rhum Mono will leave at 7.39 a.m. and 8.39 a.m., the Ocean Fifty will leave the basins at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., the IMOCAs will leave at 3 p.m., 4 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 6 November, day of departure, the 55 Class40s will pass through the locks in two channels, at 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Another novelty of this 2022 edition, the giant Ferris wheel installed in Saint-Malo which has found its ideal place at the entrance to the village of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe and will be able to offer to all those who wish it an extraordinary panorama on everything the village but especially on the basins filled with racing boats. The CIC Le Télégramme big wheel will be partly powered by hydrogen, the latter coming from the Energy Observer exhibition village.

All this program is possible thanks to the energy of all and particularly to the faithful support of the SNBSM (Société Nautique de la Baie de Saint-Malo) which with 400 volunteers assists this year the teams of OC Sport Pen Duick and the city to make these thirteen days memorable.

Details of the events can be found on the race website,, and the official mobile application can be downloaded from Apple Store and Google Play. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok accounts will allow you to follow the life of the village as well as the race.

How to get to the village of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

Download the detailed map of the village and the basins.

The race village will be open:

  • October 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31 as well as November 4 and 5: opening at night, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • October 27, 28 and 30 as well as November 1 and 2: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • On November 6, the day of the start of the race, the village will remain open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Car, train, bicycle… so many ways to allow all visitors to take part in this great celebration. Four car parks (paying) for vehicles will be available and will give access to shuttles to the village of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. A shuttle will serve the stops, the Hippodrome Féval and Paramé car parks, every 15 minutes, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Saint-Malo city bus network will also serve Rocabey and Louis Martin. For electric cars, rechargeable terminals will be made available by the Official Emeraude Solaire Supplier at the Parking Relais Paul Féval. StadiumGO, partner of the event, offers a carpooling solution for journeys to the village.

By train, thanks to the partnership with the SNCF, it will be possible to reach the Cité Corsaire directly by TGV from Paris and by TER from Rennes. Up to 17 TER will run daily between Rennes and Saint-Malo and return trains will be available until 10:30 p.m. The village is a 10-minute walk from Saint-Malo train station.

For cyclists, the bike remains a privileged means of transport, dedicated bike parking will be installed at each of the entrances to the village.

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