One week until the start of the Route du Rhum La Banque Postale

One week to go to the start of the ninth edition of the legendary Route du Rhum-La Banque Populaire and Saint Malo turns out in her Sunday best for the huge crowds who visited to enjoy their day around the pontoons, getting up close and personal with the skippers and their boats of the record 86 strong entry, now primed and ready to go when the start gun next Sunday at 1302hrs. After Saturday’s grey drizzle had cleared Sunday has been a perfect day to enjoy the regatta village and all of its massive number of displays, as well as enjoying and historic streets of Saint Malo, as well as enjoying a bracing walk along the long sandy beaches. It is the perfect day out for all the family.

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Within the framework of the Natura 2000 project, which has the objective of preserving essential biological diversity and to maintain and develop the earth’s natural heritage, Pen Duick and the organisers of the Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale have offered a key space in the Duguy-Trouin exhibition space to the Ille-et-Vilaine chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental organization which is ‘dedicated to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner, the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them.’

The objective over the course of the pre-start week exhibition is to use display tools and workshops to alert visitors to their responsibilities to limit their impact on the environment.

Julien Mabit, keeping focused.

Julien Mabit, who is entered in the Rhum Class with the ex 50 foot Open class of Nick Moloney and Servane Escoffier, today launched his boat in the colours of monopticien.com, the large chain of independent opticians. The young skipper is still looking over the coming days for complementary supporting sponsors. A resident of Saint Malo for several years, Mabit is offering to sign up €10 supporting sponsorships through key restaurants and around the pontoons.

La Route du Rhum La Banque Postale in Figures.

1.4 The length in nautical miles of the start line from the Pointe de Grouin

1.5 The quantity in tonnes of potatoes expected to be fed to customers by the Crabe Marteau restaurant during this pre-start week

1.7 The length in kilometres of barriers used to secure the Vaubin basin area of the race village.

7 The number of scheduled lock openings between 1522hrs next Saturday 30/10 and 0815hrs Sunday 31/10 to allow the fleet out to muster pre-start.

7 The length in kilometres of telephone lines installed in the Press/Media area and through the Race Village

12 The number of helicopters which will be airborne to facilitate the coverage of the race start on Sunday 31st October.

19 The number of boats which are flying a flag of solidarity for the release of French hostages Hervé Ghesquière, Stéphane Taponier and their guides, who have been held in Afghanistan since December 29th 2009.

90 The number of official spectator boats which have been pre-registered with maritime officials so far for the start-day.

123: The number of exhibitors showing in the official race village.

350: The number of official volunteers working around the race village

560: The number of journalists accredited for the event as of Saturday 23/10. On that one day more than 255 requests were processed.

576: in square metres is the size of the largest exhibition stand, that of the Region of Guadeloupe

750: The number of bottles compacted during yesterday, Saturday 23/10, in the recycling garden of Coca Cola

780: The number of accreditations given to skipper and their technical teams.

1055: In metres, the total length of the pontoons which all of the entries as moored

against

2000: The number of crabs which will be eaten in the Crab Marteau between now and the start

3508: In metres is the total length of the official promotional banners displayed through the village.

4 220 : In feet is the total cumulative length of the 86 boats entered in this ninth edition of the race. (1347 metres)

7335 In square metres is the total surface area of the race village

120,000 The number of official programmes of the Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale distributed to the public.