Three still to qualify in Route du Rhum

As MichDes is last of the 60ft tris to get in

Tuesday October 29th 2002, Author: Josephine Lemmel, Location: Transoceanic
With 11 days to the first start of the Route du Rhum, 56 of the 59 skippers taking part have completed their qualifiers. In the last week’s rough conditions, Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux was the last in the 60ft class to have completed his 1000 qualification passage aboard his 60 foot trimaran Géant. This took place at such a late stage because of his boat's dismasting a few weeks ago.

Claude Tellier who has replaced Vincent Beauvarlet at the helm of Archipel Guadeloupe is still at sea finishing his qualification miles. He is expected today in Saint-Malo.

Elie Canivenc on the Open 60 Furtif has been waiting for the conditions to improve before completing his qualification miles.

The last skipper to sign up for the race was Canadian Mike Birch, who at the age of 72 is taking place in the Route du Rhum for the seventh time. He is the only person to have entered every race. Birch left for his qualification run yesterday aboard his Open 60, the former UUNet. Mirch is still looking for funding to complete his budget.

Pierre Yves Guennec on Lehning-Lapeyre-Région Guadeloupe and Yannick Bestaven on Lightning, who both signed up for the race in the last minute, and Frédéric Lescot who finally decided to be at the start line with a 60 foot monohull, have all finalised their qualification passages now.

André Jantet on Bettle Juice has decided to withdraw from the race as he has not been able to find enough funding.

So 59 skippers and their boats should be present in Saint-Malo from 1 November.

The start of the multihulls in class 2 and 3 is on Saturday 9 November at 13h35
The start of the Open 60s and the other monohulls in class 1, class 2 and class 3 is on Saturday 9 November at 13h45
The start of the 60ft trimarans is on Sunday 10 November at 13h45

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