Village of the Route du Rhum: what you need to know before coming to Saint-Malo

Village of the Route du Rhum: what you need to know before coming to Saint-Malo

138 boats are registered at the start of the Rum Route 2022. For the first time, they will all be moored in the port of Saint-Malo.
138 boats are registered at the start of the Rum Route 2022. For the first time, they will all be moored in the port of Saint-Malo. ©Archives Alexis Courcoux / Route du Rhum destination Guadeloupe 2018

The famous solo sailing race Rum Route will come out of Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine) Sunday, November 6, 2022 to reach Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.

But before the sporting aspect, the Route du Rhum is above all a great party that looks like a giant fair on the Saint-Malo quays with dozens of stalls offering candy in abundance and offering all kinds of entertainment.

It’s free and it’s the crowd

This XXL startup town, accessible for free, was built at the foot of the Intra-Muros walls. Even bigger this year (+15%), it covers 70,000 m2 and 2.5 km of docks, from the Bourse maritime station to the Rocabey subprefecture (where the big wheel is installed), and can simultaneously accommodate 35,000 visitorss.

It will be inaugurated this Tuesday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. Afterwards, it will open every day, from 10 to 20 or from 22 to 22 hours., until Sunday, November 6, departure day. 2 million visitors are expected in thirteen days.

138 ships to admire

For the first time, all 138 ships involved (there have never been so many) of this 12th edition will all moor in the port of Saint-Malo. Quite a feat for the tallest, the Ultims and their 23 meters wide, which will have to cross a wide lock…. 25 meters! Also for the first time, you will be able to watch the passage through the locks from two stands with 1,000 seats.

Another novelty planned by the organizer: parades at sea will be organized from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 October, so that the public can see this fleet in action on the water.

Where to park?

Forget Intra-Muros and the outskirts of town. Forget also the closest neighborhoods. Saint-Malo, feast of All Saints as a bonus, promises to be very crowded.

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In short, plan a plan B. And for once, we advise you to follow those of the city and those of Agglo. You can therefore choose to park and ride: there are 3,000 spaces available at the racecourse and at Paul-Féval (P1), as well as 800 spaces at Paramé (P2). The price is €7 per day and per vehicle. Every 15 minutes, free shuttle buses take visitors to the village from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Two other car parks have been reserved for 700 motorhomes near Atalante and Fontaine-aux-Pèlerins. The price is €12 per day and per vehicle, again with a transport system. For motorcyclists, 300 spaces are available along Avenue Louis-Martin, very close to the entrance to the town.

Also consider the train. The SNCF offers interesting promotional offers such as this €55 Pass for five people, valid for two days, from all Breton stations.

And if not, just to really get in the mood, opt for the bus or sea taxi from Dinard to Saint-Malo.

people on the docks

Each edition has its share of people. During the last edition, you could come across some familiar faces on the pontoons, like Marc Olivier-Fogiel, Samuel Le Bihan, Audrey Pulvar and Louis Bodin, Monsieur Météo from TF1, to name just a few. For this year, the people’s event must be political. Because for the first time, it is the President of the Republic in person who could give the start of the Rum Route on November 6, at 1:02 p.m. The date is marked in his diary, we are told. It remains to be seen if the news will leave this little maritime pleasure for immanuel macron

a legendary race
A solo sailing race, the Route du Rhum connects Saint-Malo with Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, that is, 6,500 km. Organized every four years by OC Sport Pen Duick (which belongs to the Le Télégramme press group), the ocean liner has quickly become an event since its first edition in 1978. It has been the scene of Homeric competitions on the water (the Gabart-! Joyon in 2018!), legendary feats (Florence Arthaud, the little bride of the Atlantic) and terrible dramas (Alain Colas and his famous Manureva). The crossing record was set four years ago by Francis Joyon at Idec Sports, in 7 days 14 hours 21 minutes and 47 seconds. His successor at Ultims will receive €64,000 this year for his victory.

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