Record entry list

Aside from massive fleets of 60ft tris and Open 60s, there are four British competitors

Wednesday August 7th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Australasia
On 31 July, the final day for entries into November's singlehanded transatlantic race, the Route du Rhum, the number of entries has proved to be at an all time high.

While the America's Cup will no doubt be grabbing headlines around the world at this time probably the largest and most competitive fleet of ocean race boats will be assembling in St Malo. Among them will be 19 (yes 19!) 60ft trimarans and 17 Open 60s - all of them professional entries and the largest ever assembled fleets in either class. In addition there are a further 20 amateurs filling the three monohull classes and in the 50ft class two multis.

Another trend over previous years is the number of non-French people taking part. This time there are Italians, Belgiums, Swiss, Australians (Nick Moloney) and British competitors taking part. Britons now officially number three - Ellen MacArthur and Mike Golding will be jockeying for line honours while Miranda Merron will be trying to nail some of the newer boats, racing the older UUDS (Alain Gautier's much modified 1992 Vendee winner), using the race as another stepping stone towards her participation in the next Vendee Globe.

A recent entry is BT Global Challenge winner Conrad Humphreys who has recently acquired the Dutch Open 40 Syllogic to campaign in the event. He too is heading towards the 2004 Vendee.

Skipper Boat
60ft trimarans    
Yvan Bourgnon Rexona Men
Lalou Roucayrol Banque Populaire
Marc Guillemot la Trinitaine-Team Etypharm
Jean Le Cam Bonduelle
Karine Fauconnier Sergio Tacchini
Franck Cammas Groupama
Philippe Monnet Sopra Group
Lionel Lemonchois Gitana X
Loick Peyron Fujifilm
Alain Gautier Foncia 2
Michel Desjoyeaux Géant
Francis Joyon Eure et Loir
Thomas Coville Sodebo
Giovanni Soldini TIM
Alain Thébault Hydroptère
Steve Ravussin (ex Foncia)
Jean Luc Nelias Belgacom
Frédéric le Peutrec Bayer CropSciences
Bertrand De Broc Banque Covefi
Open 60s    
Dominique Wavre Temenos
Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher
Joé Seeten Arcelor Dunkerque
Georges Leblanc Océan
Antoine Koch L'Héautontimoroumenos
TBA TBA Ex Monocoque P.Monnet
Mike Golding Ecover
Jean Pierre Dick Virbac
Elie Cavinec Furtif
Sébastien Josse VMI
Patrick Favre  
Roland Jourdain Sill
André Jantet Beetle Juice
Didier Munduteguy  
Miranda Merron UUDS
Patrick De Radigues Garnier Belgium
Loic Pochet La Rage de Vivre
Monohull - class 1
Bruno Reibel Ville de Dinard
Monohulls - class 2
Bob Escoffier Adecco Etoile Horizon
Roger Langevin Branec 3
Hervé Vachee Mille Visages
Luc Coquelin Florys
Jean François Durand Defi Vendéen
Nick Moloney en cours
Renaud Le Youdec Lightning
Christophe Huchet TBA
Monohulls - class 3
Jérôme Thiriez Passion Entreprendre
Etienne Svilarich Grain de Soleil
Alain Grinda Fantasy-Forest
Régis Guillemot TBA
Conrad Humphreys Syllogic
Multihulls - class 2
Frank-Yves   Escoffier Crêpes Whaou
Vincent Beauvarlet Archipel Guadeloupe
Didier Le Villain Chaleur Fioul Elan
Pascal Quintin E Sat
Anne Caseneuve Lui
Hervé Cleris CLM

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