The Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten
Start Date 17-03-2016
A three-day race along the north west coast of France, the Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten is the first event in the 2016 Class Figaro Bénéteau calendar.
Starting from the picturesque fishing town of Concarneau, the Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten is a famously wet, windy and physically exhausting race.
Spanning just over 300nm along the Brittany coastline, the Solo Concarneau first takes skippers north to Ouessant lighthouse via the infamous Raz de Sein – a viciously tidal passage lined with jagged rocks.
From the most northerly mark off the coast of Brest, the fleet will head south back past the finish line at Concarneau, racing on to Birvideaux lighthouse, Belle Ile and around Ile d’Yeu - being careful to avoid land shadows and the paths of giant fishing trawlers in the dark. From Ile d’Yeu, the fleet will turn onto the home straight.
Expected to take around 36 hours through tough French Atlantic conditions, the Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten is a fast and physical race.
Allowing for very little rest and demanding expert boat handling, the Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten is a real baptism of fire to set off the season, for both seasoned skippers and fresh faced Rookies alike.
For 2016, competitors are invited to compete either single or double-handed in preparation for the solo 1,525nm Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro in June and the 3,000nm double-handed Transat AG2R La Mondiale in April.