2013 racing calendar All year round
Going in to the third season of British short-handed racing the Artemis Offshore Academy the key races for the full time Development Squad will once again be the prestigious single-handed Solitaire du Figaro and 2013 is the year of the the Atlantic ocean voyage of the Mini Transat* - both highly competitve races which will test these new up and coming solo sailors to the max. The part-time Developement Squad will be racing double-handed in the Royal Offshore Racing Club (RORC) and Royal Southampton Yacht Club (RSYC) offshore races, providing the sailors with a competitive short-handed racing environment to develop their offshore racing skills.
“The 2013 Artemis Offshore Academy race programme is an integral part of our long term training goals. It enables our sailors to not only put into practice what they have learnt in training, but also to gauge their progress against the very best of the Figaro and Mini fleet.” John Thorn, Artemis Offshore Academy Performance Director
The 2012 Solitaire du Figaro © Alexis Couroux
This year the Solitaire du Figaro will again be in June, earlier in the season than previous years, with the race taking the world class solo fleet to Bordeaux (FRA), Portugal, Spain, Roscoff (FRA), before finishing in Dieppe (FRA) - gruelling four leg battle around Eurpoe. The Classe Mini, Mini Transat, will be competing on a new 4020nm route, starting again in Douranenez, France, but finishing in Pointé å Pitre, Guadeloupe. Whilst the full time squad compete in the aforementioned races the part time squad will be racing from UK waters in a collection double-handed offshore RORC and RSYC races to build their offshore racing skills.
All five of the Academy Figaro's will be on the start line of the famous RORC Fastnet race this year. The boats will be raced double-handed by the Development Squad in their own Class Figaro battle within the race fleet of over 300 boats.
The full 2013 race programme will be published shortly.
*Competing in the Mini Transat is subject to qualification