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A delayed departure
For the first time in the history of the Route du Rhum the start of the 12th edition has been delayed. This decision was the consequence of an extreme weather pattern for the first few days at sea.

In the days before the scheduled start the most reliable weather models converged to announce the arrival of a huge depression in the North Atlantic, associated with a series of very intense fronts. If conditions for the planned Sunday start off Saint-Malo appeared to be acceptable, within 24 hours the situation would deteriorate violently before the 138-strong fleet had exited the English Channel leaving no option to avoid the worst of the weather.

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