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Rallye des Iles du Soleil - La Palma to Marie-Galante at boot Düsseldorf

by Veronique Largeau 12 Jan 07:58 UTC 20-28 January 2018
Rallye des Iles du Soleil - La Palma to Marie-Galante © Veronique Largeau

The second edition, programmed in 2018, of the Rallye des Iles du Soleil, organised by Grand Pavois Organisation, with a new route between La Palma (Canary Islands) and Marie-Galante (Guadeloupe Islands) via the Cape Verde Islands, and in particular Mindelo in Sao Vicente.

A secure and supervised Atlantic crossing, open to monohulls and multihulls over 10 meters, which will offer a first 970-mile section between La Palma and Mindelo, then a second 2,130 mile section between Mindelo and Marie-Galante.

New departure marina in La Palma and a new stopover in Mindelo (Sao Vicente) in the islands of Cape Verde!

A "new" Rallye des Iles du Soleil 2018 is being prepared since the route will depart from the island of La Palma NEW and will offer a new stopover in the Cape Verde islands, in the bay of Mindelo NEW. A first sailing route involving several days at sea between Canary Islands and the Cape Verde Islands will allow the boats and crews to find their sea legs and discover an archipelago and the island of Sao Vicente which is culturally very rich with its typical architecture that reflects the Portuguese and British influences. Remember that Mindelo is also famous for its music and its musicians: it is the birthplace of the famous singer Cesária Évora. The fleet will be placed in the protected bay of Mindelo, where they will also be able to stock up on fresh produce and even repair any minor technical problems they may have experienced during the first days at sea.

Marie-Galante, the arrival island of the "Rallye des Iles du Soleil" to Guadeloupe!

A truly authentic island, for the second year running, Marie-Galante will welcome the "Rallye des Iles du Soleil". It is a land of rural traditions which cultivates an exceptional way of life. Marie-Galante is proving to be the new destination in the French Antilles. Covering a surface area of 158 km", the island, which is commonly called the "grande galette" owing to its circular shape and low-lying relief (editor's note, the highest peak, the Morne Constant, rises to 204 m), has three municipalities and 12,410 inhabitants.

Marie-Galante, which has up to 106 windmills, and is also called the "island of one hundred windmills" or the "Grande dépendance". Marie-Galante, the arrival island for this transatlantic event, will be happy to welcome the fleet as it deserves and will provide a wonderful departure point for those wishing to discover the other islands in the Guadeloupe Islands' archipelago! (Sources:

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