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The Club du Large Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe is hoisting the sails!

In just over a year, on November 6, 2022, the most beautiful ocean sailing field will set off from Saint-Malo, heading for Pointe-à-Pitre, for the start of the 12th edition of La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. 120 boats from 40 to over 100 feet, divided into 6 classes, will, like every 4 years, shine the magic of the most famous single-handed transatlantic race and will bring millions of enthusiasts in their wake. Tuesday evening, in the heart of the corsair city, an unchanging port of departure for 44 years, OC Sport Pen Duick, the organizing company of the event, officially launched the Club du Large Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe designed as the first corporate club of Ocean Sailing. An evening organized in the presence of the major main partners of the event: its exclusive major partner, the Guadeloupe Region, the Brittany Region, the City of Saint-Malo and the CIC, also sponsor of the club. This transversal concept will take off on the legendary race but will be intended to come to life on all the events placed under the leadership of the organizer in order to be part of the long term and to guarantee the sustainability of exchanges and synergies. between stakeholders.


The first scents of Rum floated Tuesday evening in the air of the corsair city, distilled by the unwavering supporters of the event: the Guadeloupe Region, its exclusive major partner, the Brittany Region and the city of Saint-Malo .

Gathered at the initiative of the organizer OC Sport Pen Duick, the region's economic players were invited to the launch of the Club du Large Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. Sponsored by the CIC , main partner of the famous transatlantic race, this club not only aims to hoist the sails for the 2022 edition but is also long-term to support all the races offered by the subsidiary. of the Télégramme Group. Thus, the “members” of this unique structure will enter through the front door into the world of ocean racing, also benefiting from privileged access to La Solitaire du Figaro, The Transat CIC, Le Tour du Monde des Ultimes and the Transat in Double Concarneau – Saint-Barthélemy.

Passion, cohesion… emotion

Intended to bring together enthusiasts and companies who wish to be an integral part of this ocean network under the same banner, the Club Grand Large Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe was inaugurated in the presence of Michel Desjoyeaux and Louis Burton. Two business sailors for whom navigation between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre no longer holds any secrets, the first having even won in Guadeloupe in 2002. Offering the possibility of attending privileged meetings , at times of exchange between members but also with the greatest sailors, this completely new structure will also rely on a premium and dedicated content platform, giving access to a community showcase website, newsletters on the the economy of offshore racing, a web series around sponsors involved in the ocean environment and podcasts to tell the stories of these men and women who take part in the major nautical events. A complete offer that now awaits partners who want to combine their commitment with passion, cohesion... and emotion!

They said :

Ary Chalus, President of the Guadeloupe Regional Council: “It is with great pride that we are launching, here in Saint-Malo, the Grand Large club, which aims to be a real business network between the companies of our islands and those of Brittany. The ambition displayed here is to bring together economic players from our two territories in order to bring together an active business network, on the occasion of a joint sporting event that is now unmissable. We all know that the health crisis has had a major impact our lifestyle habits, just like the life of our businesses; and what could be better than the rum route to allow us to re-energize the activity and give visibility to the entire entrepreneurial fabric.

We are therefore approaching this edition as a catalyst for energy and opportunities to fill the sails of economic and tourist recovery. We keep in mind the latest figures for the immediate economic impact during the 2018 edition where overall €6,428,760 were injected into the Guadeloupean economy thanks to the rum route compared to €5,517,000 in 2014. It seemed obvious to create the optimal conditions so that our companies can find synergies, making it possible to implement joint projects and create value.

It is therefore a real challenge for us which looms in view of the health and logistics challenge. I say it solemnly, we will be ready with the good will of all and I know I can count on you, dear partners, to make this edition one of relaunch. The regional community, through its role as leader in economic development, demonstrates once again that it is in its role, in its place, by creating favorable conditions for the resumption of activities and supporting initiatives that bring added value. . We will once again rely on our strengths to build the future of our territory and ensure its sustainable development.”

Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Brittany Region: “Once again, the Brittany Region associates its name with one of the major sailing competitions that liven up the international calendar. As an essential territory for the biggest oceanic events which has always given the race its letters of nobility, we are proud of this partnership which lasts and continues today, with this great event and the creation of the Club Grand Large. This call from the open sea is part of our DNA. The region is responding in particular by supporting innovative companies in the construction of offshore racing sailboats. Today, it is an additional opportunity for the family of ocean enthusiasts to expand and embark on a major celebration which will not fail to thrill us again from November 6, 2022, in the port of Saint-Malo that we make available.”

Gilles Lurton, Mayor of Saint-Malo and President of Saint-Malo Agglomération: “The countdown has begun and on November 6, 2022, dozens of boats will launch from Pointe du Grouin bound for Guadeloupe. For this next edition, I hope that everyone feels like they are part of the Route du Rhum: residents of the Saint-Malo region, traders, entrepreneurs, teachers, but also the world of associations, sports, culture and entertainment. The Route du Rhum is a major international event, it is a unique experience to live in which we are lucky to be able to participate. I hope that this adventure will unite our territory and benefit everyone, in one way or another.”

Joseph Bizard, General Director OC Sport Pen Duick: “It is a great pleasure for us, organizers of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, to be able to bring together loyal partners with whom we share a base of common values. Without the strong commitment of the Guadeloupe Region, the Brittany Region, the City of Saint-Malo and the CIC, we would not have been able to envisage it. The launch of this Grand Large Club not only marks the start of the next edition of the single-handed transatlantic race, but also a common dynamic which aims to bring together the economic players in offshore racing in the long term. Forging links and engaging in concrete exchanges around our environment are the objectives that we set for ourselves and that we propose to present and future partners.”

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