Whether you finish at record speed or simply finish, completing the Route du Rhum is a major accomplishment; one that is met with a rum punch after sailing 3,542 miles. The 2018 edition of this solo transatlantic race to Guadeloupe saw breakdowns, repair detours and comeback stories for the history books. North Sails clients posted podium finishes in five of six classes, a podium sweep in the Ultime class, and captured half of the podium overall. For the North Sails loft in Vannes, France, seeing our client success is the culmination of years of hard work. This most recent edition of the race represented 130 new sails, and some 6,000 hours of work for the Vannes based team, with more than 1,000 sails across the fleet.
Our only disappointment? We have to wait another four years for the next race.