About 30 collaborators from the Outremer team will be gathering for the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, officially departing on November 6th at 1:02 pm, from Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine, France). These happy few will have traveled all the way from the south of France to support Roland Jourdain, skipper of the Outremer 5X We Explore entered in the “Rhum Multi” class.


At 58 years old, Roland Jourdain, known as “Bilou”, is back to race in the Route du Rhum, after two victories in 2006 and 2010. For this 2022 edition, the Breton sailor will be competing with We Explore, an Outremer 5X made of flax fiber: an alternative to fiberglass introduced in the construction process, in consultation with our partner Kaïros Environnement, which has been experimenting with this material for over 10 years. With this multihull, the Breton skipper wants to “show that another way is possible” in a race that has always been open to innovation!


On the program for the next few days:


  • In Saint-Malo, the Outremer team, alongside the other partners of the project: Terre de Lin and Bureau Vallée, will visit the official village of the Route du Rhum and will be present for the christening of the boat, which will take place on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 4 p.m.


  • The day before the start, on Saturday, November 5, the teams will also be on the We Explore pontoon to support and greet Roland Jourdain. 


  • On Sunday, November 6, they will head for Cap Fréhel to witness the first tacks of the solo sailors at sea and experience the race from the inside. Part of the We Explore team will also watch the start live from a dedicated room. 


Want to get to the heart of the action to support Roland Jourdain? The village is free and open to the public. See you from October 25 to November 6 in Saint Malo…


You can also follow the start live on French television!

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