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Planet Sail Episode 22: Route du Rhum Special

by Matt Sheahan 7 Nov 2022 21:46 PST
PlanetSail On Course Episode 22: Route du Rhum Special © PlanetSail

The Route du Rhum is the biggest solo offshore racing event in the world. Walk along the dockside at the start venue in St Malo where 138 boats were alongside the quay and it's clear that this race across the Atlantic is a serious crowd puller.

PlanetSail was there, and as part of our Route du Rhum special we talk to some of the key players to find out more about this extraordinary event and the advanced machines that take part in this 3,500 race across the Atlantic to Guadeloupe.

And while the winter may be drawing in up here and the clocks have gone forwards, there's still loads to report on including several new launches and key announcements in the America's Cup.

We've also been boat testing with reports on why Swan's latest launch is also its boldest along with a hands on assessment of the new Excess 15 performance cruising cat.

Plus, we have plenty in Docktalk. It's just as well the evenings have got longer.

01:02 America's Cup new launches
03:55 What its like to sail an AC40
07:08 Docktalk Part 1
10:14 Sailing an Ocean 50 tri
17:48 Charles Caudrelier explains how to handle the 32m Ultime Gitana 17
24:19 The Ocean Race Runners & Riders IMOCA 60s
28:48 Latest IMOCA 60 developments
30:41 Sam Davies interview - Initiatives Coeur IMOCA 60
36:03 Pip Hare interview - Medallia IMOCA 60
40:26 Docktalk Part 2
42:20 Sailing trials aboard the ClubSwan 80
44:14 On Test - Excess 15

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