The Route du Rhum 2022 is fast approaching! The departure, given on November 6, will be the opportunity to experience a record edition with no less than 138 skippers and boats present. The city of Saint-Malo is preparing to receive a large influx of visitors who will come to admire the numerous Ultim, Imoca or Class40 present in this 12th edition of the legendary transatlantic race. We tell you everything you need to know about the town, the entertainment program with some practical information you should know.
The starting village of the Route du Rhum 2022 in Saint-Malo
As in every edition of the Rum Route, a starting village will be installed in Saint-Malo. The opportunity for spectators to stroll among the numerous sailboats of this 12th ocean liner between the port of Malouin and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe). The village will be open from October 25 and will close on November 6, after checkout. Open every day from 10 a.m. (Tuesday 25, opening at 2 p.m.) until 10 p.m. Except Thursday 27 and Sunday 30 October, Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 November, closing at 8:00 p.m. Sunday 6, closing at 5:00 p.m.
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What is the price of the entrance to the town?
It’s free ! Access is completely free for all spectators who wish to admire the many boats present in the docks of the port of Saint-Malo.
How to get to the town?
To get to the town it is advisable to favor light traffic, bicycles, two-wheelers, public transport. Bicycle parking is provided at each entry point.
For cars: Paul-Féval car park (3,000 spaces, near the racecourse) and in Paramé (800 spaces, near the IUT). Parking cost + transfer: €7 per day, per vehicle, to be paid at the parking entrance.
For motorhomes: Atalante parking area (700 spaces, at the entrance to Saint-Malo, behind AquaMalo). Access to water and sanitation. €12 per day. To get to the town: bus line 1 or by bicycle.
By train: an additional stop is established at La Gouesnière station in ten TER. A return to Rennes will be scheduled at 22:30 every night from October 25 to November 6. Additional TGV from Paris for an arrival in Saint-Malo on November 5 at 9:35 a.m. and a departure the next day at 4:00 p.m.
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The program of activities in the village of the Route du Rhum 2022
Many activities will be offered to visitors before the start of the Rum Route. Here is the program with the highlights:
Tuesday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m., opening of the town. From 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Ultims and Ocean Fifty parades (15-meter trimarans.)
Wednesday, October 26, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Imoca parades (18-meter monohulls). From 6 to 8 pm Inauguration of the town.
Friday, October 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Class40 parade (12-meter monohulls). 6:30 p.m., Brocken Back concert, Esplanade stage.
Saturday, October 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rums Mono and Multis parade.
Sunday, October 30, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., presentation of the patrons on the main stage of the town.
Friday, November 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., departure from the Ultims rafts.
Saturday, November 5, from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., launch of Rhum Multi and Rhum Mono. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., departure from the Ocean Fifty. From 3 to 6 p.m., departure from Imoca.
Sunday, November 6, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., departure from the Class40 pools. At 13:02, departure from the Rum Route – Destination Guadeloupe from the Pointe du Grouin (Cancale). Closing of the town at 5 pm
Where to see the boats?
The 138 boats of the Route du Rhum skippers will be moored in the port of Saint-Malo. Until then, due to their exceptional measures, the Ultim (since 2010) were forced to position themselves outside, on the side of the Stock Exchange ferry terminal. This year the 8 Ultims will join the fleet of 8 Ocean Fifty, 37 Imoca, 55 Class40, 14 Rhum Mono and 16 Rhum Multi in the Vauban and Duguay-Trouin basins. All the boats will thus be grouped along the quays, at the foot of Intra-Muros and the Palais du Grand Large.
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The plan of the boats present in the port of Saint-Malo for the Rum Route 2022:
Where to stop to see the boats on departure day?
The starting line of the race is in front of this rocky promontory, located in the town of Cancale. Suffice to say, there will be people around the traffic light! Like four years ago, access to the point will be exclusively pedestrian. Change for this edition: the endpoint will be blocked, in order to preserve the site. This shouldn’t be a problem for spectators, as the starting line has been moved to the west. One-way traffic, along the coastal road, in the direction of Pointe du Grouin-Saint-Malo and parking on the seaside of the road is prohibited.
It is strongly recommended to arrive early (very early) to be well located. La Pointe du Grouin is a sensitive natural area. Be careful not to trample the vegetation and stay in the dedicated areas. It is also a place that can be dangerous. Be careful to supervise children.
Between Cancale and Saint-Malo
Culminating 46 meters above the sea, the Pointe du Meinga is a magnificent view of the coast. Second most advanced rocky promontory in the sea of the department of Ille-et-Vilaine, the place can be a good solution to avoid the great crowd. Another possibility: Pointe des Grands-Nez, also in Saint-Coulomb.
in Saint Malo
Closed to car traffic, Punta del Varde will welcome hundreds of onlookers. Away from the city center, it is a good place to watch the fleet of competitors go by. Bring binoculars though. In the city, in the Race Village, giant screens will broadcast the start live.
Between Dinard and Cape Fréhel
In Saint-Lunaire, at the tip of Le Décollé. In Saint-Briac, on the Pointe de la Garde-Guérin. In Saint-Cast-Le-Guildo: Pointe de L’Isle and Pointe de la Cordière.
From Cape Fréhel
With the Pointe du Grouin in Cancale, it is the other essential place to experience the atmosphere of departure. Accessible on foot, by bicycle (exclusive parking on site), by shuttle starting at 9 am from the Plévenon and Fréhel car parks. The sailboats saw a buoy at the foot of the cliffs, before heading towards Guadalupe. Thousands of people will flock to this protected site. Nearby, Fort la Latte also offers a beautiful view.
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