Route du Rhum: The Art of Sleeping

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Route du Rhum: The Art of Sleeping

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Welcome to Saint Malo, where we’ve just found a replica of a pirate ship dating back to 1745. This boat called L’Etoile du Roy is approximately 36 meters long and boasts three masts.

Sailing was different back then but many rules still apply today. Pirates had to sleep and so do the sailors involved in the tenth edition of the Route du Rhum.

Loïck Peyron Skipper of Banque Populaire said: ‘It’s almost like being alone in a helicopter. I tend to go to the back of my boat to sleep but then I’m right next to the engine and it makes a lot of noise as you can imagine. It’s not always easy trying to rest aboard a high-speed trimaran but we have to, it’s part of the race.’

Race Doctor Jean-Yves Chauve explained: ‘Did you know that on these boats, sounds can sometimes go up to 120 decibels but despite the constant noise, sailors have to find a way to disconnect and forget about what’s going on around them. It must be very hard to sleep in those conditions, some of these sailors are what we could call professional sleepers.’