The whole of Guadeloupe is getting ready to welcome the first arrivals of the Rhoute du Rhum – notably those competing in the ‘Ultim’ class.
They are the fastest and most powerful boats skippered by the elite.
In the coming days a fleet of media, supporters, families and friends of the crew will head out from the Creole Beach for a massive Carribean maritime party.
Daniel Arnoux – president of ‘Hotels and Islands’ said: “La Creole is the base and operational headquarters for the race, from here you have the little marina that is just next to the entry point to Pointe-a-Pitre and the final straight to the finish line which is about 400 metres from the hotel.
‘‘Nowadays the Route du Rhum in Guadeloupe is huge – it belongs to all the islanders, they all know about it and the race’s history.”
Victorin Lurel – President of the Regional Council – said: “Since the first edition in 1978 we have tried our best to reconnect with the sea, to say that this race does not simply belong to St Malo.
‘‘There is a culture, a maritime tradition in Brittany and we have to recreate that here and say that this event also belongs to us.
‘‘We have a nautical development master plan, we have created ‘Guadeloupe Grand Large’ which consists of an information centre that helps promote and encourage careers linked to the sea.”