Four ships of the Rum Route take refuge in the Monte Real Club de Yates


· The Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona serves as a refuge at this time for three ships on the Rum Route that encountered problems on their transoceanic crossing

· A fourth boat, the Service Civique of Frenchwoman Claire Pruvot, plans to arrive at the Baiona club in the next few hours to fix a leak

· Monte Real has made all its resources available to sailors and the company from Vigo, Velas Gándara, is dealing with the repair of its sails.


The Monte Real Club de Yates is serving as a refuge for three boats participating in the Rum Route, one of the most prestigious transoceanic regattas in the world for solo sailors, which this year celebrates its eleventh edition.

After leaving the French port of Saint Malo on the 4th, the bad weather conditions encountered by the 123 participants, with winds of up to 40 knots and waves of 6 meters, have forced various boats to make technical stops to solve the problems suffered during the journey and avoid further damage.

At this time, Emmanuel Le Roche’s Edenred , class 40, takes refuge in the historic Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona. The French sailor, who is competing for the first time on the Rum Route, suffered breakages in his sails and the Galician company Velas Gándara is fixing them so that he can return to competition as soon as possible.

The Edenred at the Monte Real Yacht Club – Photo © Carlos Rúa

The storm also baited another Class40 boat, the Carac de Louis Duc, who will remain in the fishing village of Baiona until he solves his problems and can return to Guadeloupe, something that Duc, who is competing for the second time on the Rum Route, hopes to be able to do as quickly as possible.

El Carac at Monte Real Yacht Club – Photo © Carlos Rúa

The third boat moored at the Baiona club is Alain Delhumeau’s 56-foot trimaran Rayon Vert , which competes in the Rhum class.

The Rayon Vert at the Monte Real Yacht Club – Photo © Carlos Rúa

A fourth ship will arrive at Monte Real in the next few hours. It is the Service Civique of the French Claire Pruvot, who informed the club of the need to use its facilities to solve a leak suffered in the boat.

The refugee skippers in Monte Real have communicated to the club their intention to leave Baiona tomorrow afternoon, once the rain and wind storm that is recorded at this time in Galicia subsides, and that keeps a large part of the Galician coast on alert Orange.

Once they leave the club, they will return to Pointe-Á-Pitre, on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the final destination for these adventurers in what is known as the “Liberty Regatta”, a race where 123 professionals and amateurs compete under the same rules. along a heart-stopping journey of more than 3,500 nautical miles alone.