What is the Artemis Offshore Academy?
Established in 2010, the Artemis Offshore Academy is the UK's only centre of excellence for solo offshore sailing. The Academy prepares young British sailors for success on the highly competitive Class Figaro Bénéteau circuit.
Both physically and mentally demanding, competing on one of the most demanding racing circuits in the world requires a unique skillset. Through the Academy's structured training programme, skippers are given the expertise and training they need to race solo in the annual Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro - a 2,000-mile, four-stage solo race centered on the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
With every new intake of ambitious British sailors, the Artemis Offshore Academy continues to strive towards producing world-class single-handed skippers. Since its creation in 2010, Academy-trained sailors have recorded some of the best British Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro results in the race's history.
In 2013, Sam Goodchild became the highest-ranking British skipper in the modern history of the race when finishing 11th overall, while Jack Bouttell became the first Brit to win the coveted Rookie title – the class for first-timers to the race.
In 2014, Rookie Sam Matson finished an impressive 14th overall, while in 2015 Alan Roberts became the highest ranking British skipper in 40 years, finishing 9th overall on just his second Solitaire. Bouttell once again proved he was a worthy solo competitor, finishing 10th, while Robin Elsey won the Academy's second top Rookie accolade.
With every successive year the Academy results get stronger, as the next generation of British solo ocean racers climb their way up through the offshore ranks.
The Academy's aim
The goal of the Artemis Offshore Academy is to help talented British skippers work their way up through the ranks of the Class Figaro Bénéteau and ultimately put them on the path to the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race. A 24,000nm non-stop marathon, the Vendée Globe is the ultimate solo challenge and a race known as the 'Everest of Sailing'.
Following in the footsteps of British ocean racers Dame Ellen MacArthur, Mike Golding and Alex Thomson, it is the Academy's ultimate goal to see one of its sailors victorious on the Vendée Globe podium and become the first British skipper to win this prestigious race.