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Route du Rhum: 138 solo sailors ready to sail this Wednesday

From Canadian Mike Birch in 1978 to Frenchman Francis Joyon during the last edition in 2018, these sailors have put their names on the list of winners of the most famous single-handed transatlantic race.

1978 (38 competitors) Mike Birch (CAN), Olympus Photo trimaran, in 23 d 06 h 59 min.

1982 (52) Marc Pajot (FRA), Elf-Aquitaine catamaran, in 18 d 01 h 38 min.

1986 (33) Philippe Poupon (FRA), trimaran Fleury Michon VIII, in 14 d 15 h 57 min.

1990 (31) Florence Arthaud (FRA), trimaran Groupe Pierre 1er, in 14 d 10 h 08 min.

1994 (24) Laurent Bourgnon (SUI), Primagaz trimaran, in 14 d 06 h 28 min.

1998 (37) Laurent Bourgnon (SUI), Primagaz trimaran, in 12 d 08 h 41 min.

2002 (58) (introducing separate classifications for monohulls and multihulls). 60-foot Orma multihull (18.28 m): Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA), Géant trimaran, in 13 d 07 h 53 min. 60ft Imoca monohull (18.28m): Ellen MacArthur (GBR), Kingfisher, in 13 d 13 h 31 min.

2006 (74). 60ft multihull Orma: Lionel Lemonchois (FRA), Gitana XI, in 7 d 17 h 19 min (race record). 60 foot Imoca monohull: Roland Jourdain (FRA), Sill Véolia, in 12 d 11 h 58 min.

2010 (85). Ultimate multihull category: Franck Cammas (FRA), trimaran Groupama 3, in 9 d 03 h 14 min. 60-foot Imoca monohull: Roland Jourdain (FRA), Véolia Environnement, in 13 d 17 h 10 min. 50-foot Multi50 multihull (15.24 m): Lionel Lemonchois (FRA), Prince de Bretagne trimaran, in 15 d 04 h 50 min. 40-foot Class40 monohull (12.18 m): Thomas Ruyant (FRA), Destination Dunkerque, in 17 d 23 h 10 min.

2014 (91). Ultimate multihull category: Loïck Peyron (FRA), maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII, in 7 d 15 h 08 min. 50ft multihull Multi50 (15.24m): Erwan Leroux FRA), FenêtréA-Cardinal, in 11 d 05 h 13 min. 60-foot Imoca monohull: François Gabart (FRA), Macif, in 12 d 04 h 38 min. 40-foot Class40 monohull: Alex Pella (ESP), Tales 2 Santander, in 16 d 17 h 47 min. Class Rhum (multihulls of 60 feet and more): Anne Caseneuve (FRA), Aneo, in 17 d 07 h 06 min.

2018 (123) . Ultimate multihull category: Francis Joyon (FRA), Idec Sport, in 7 d 14 h 21 min. 50-foot Multi50 multihull (15.24 m): Armel Tripon (FRA), Réauté Chocolat, in 11 d 7 h 32 min. Rhum Multi Pierre Antoine ((FRA), Olmix, in 15 d 1 h 15 min. Imoca category monohull (18 m): 1. Paul Meilhat (FRA), SMA, in 12 d 11 h 23 min. 40 ft Class40 monohull : Yoann Richomme (FRA), Veedol-AIC, i 16 d 3 h 22 min Mono Rum Sidney Gavinet (FRA), Café Joyeux, i 16 d 11 h 18 min

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