SHIPS in BOTTLES by Michel Bardet
Winners of the "ROUTE du RHUM" race in multihulls
This is certainly the unique collection in France.
You will find below the 8 winners of the "Route du Rhum" race, the great open sea race,
which is run every four years between Saint-Malo (Brittany) and Pointe-à-Pitre (Island of
Guadeloupe in the French West Indies)
Sir Mike Birch won the first race in 1978 in 23 days, 6 hours and 59 minutes, with a trimaran
half as big as the one of the last winner, Mr Lionel Lemonchois who raced successfully in 2006
in 7 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes.
The scale of the models is calculated according to the length
of the sailing ships, and the volume available inside the bottle. On each sailing boat,
the skipper is placed in position to navigate, unfortunately on the photographs,
this is hardly visible. If the boat of the first winner is 14 millimetres long,
the boat of the last one is only 7 mm high : because of the boat scale !.
Winner 1978 Mike BIRCH
Winner 1982 Marc PAJOT
Winner 1986 Philippe POUPON
Winner 1990 Florence ARTHAUD
Winner 1994 Laurent BOURGNON
Winner 1998 Laurent BOURGNON
Winner 2002 Michel Desjoyeaux
Winner 2006 Lionel Lemonchois