La Solitaire - Bompard Le Figaro

Start Date 19-06-2016

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At 1300 CET on Sunday 19th June, Leg 1 of the 2016 La Solitaire - Bompard Le Figaro will kick off from the historic French town of Deauville. As many as 39 brave skippers are expected on the Solitaire start line this year, as a fleet formed of the world’s best ocean racers and ambitious young Rookies prepares to take on 1,425 miles of Europe’s roughest waters – single-handed.

“This edition of the Solitaire will be particularly challenging,” Race Director Gilles Chiorri explained. “The coastal route will throw the game wide open, with skippers left to decide whether to stay closer to shore or go further offshore. To be successful around this course, the competitors will need seasoned offshore experience and tactical intelligence, enabling them to play the tides and weather to their advantage.”

Now in it’s 47th year, the Solitaire du Figaro is one of the world’s toughest sailing competitions. Fiercely competitive, the race is recognised as the world championships of solo offshore racing, with the course taking just over a month to complete. Requiring a unique skill set and a raw ambition present in so few, the Solitaire du Figaro pushes competitors to the edges of their physical and mental limits.