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Britain’s Figaro rising stars to race in 2014 Artemis Challenge

Britain’s Figaro rising stars to race in 2014 Artemis Challenge

6th Aug 2014

In addition to this year’s racing giants, eight 33ft Bénéteau Figaro IIs skippered by the Artemis Offshore Academy’s growing band of British Solitaire du Figaro competitors will line up alongside the 60ft IMOCA 60s, 65ft VO65s and 80ft trimarans as part of the first Artemis Challenge Figaro class – showcasing the natural progression in offshore sailing from the nimble Figaro, up through the ranks to the mighty ocean racing classes.

Training the next generation

Training the next generation

23rd Jul 2014

Andrew Baker and Robert Bunce have been selected to join Robin Elsey in training as part of the 2015 Academy squad.

The Artemis Offshore Academy goes full circle once again

The Artemis Offshore Academy goes full circle once again

10th Jul 2014

Following on from a successful British Solitaire du Figaro in 2014, the Artemis Offshore Academy is about to go full circle once again with it’s fifth annual Selection Trials.

Two Brits on the Rookie podium after Leg 4 of the Solitaire

Two Brits on the Rookie podium after Leg 4 of the Solitaire

2nd Jul 2014

On Wednesday 2nd July, eight wind swept, salt crusted and physically exhausted British solo sailors dropped onto the docks in Cherbourg, France having just finished the 2000 mile Solitaire du Figaro 2014.

The beginning of the end

The beginning of the end

29th Jun 2014

Today (Sunday 29th June), Artemis’ team of eight British Solitaire du Figaro skippers got a glimpse into what it’s like to embark on the Vendée Globe, parading their one-design Figaro Bénéteau IIs out of Les Sables d’Olonne to the cheers of hundreds of well wishers lining the walls of the iconic canal.

After the longest game of snakes and ladders, Sam maintains 14th position

After the longest game of snakes and ladders, Sam maintains 14th position

26th Jun 2014

The penultimate leg spanning 505 miles soon became a race of two halves and of two fleets, as a series of major park ups due to light airs saw the Solitaire skippers climbing ladders and dramatically sliding down snakes up and down the Leg 3 leaderboard.

And they’re away…on the penultimate leg of the Solitaire du Figaro

And they’re away…on the penultimate leg of the Solitaire du Figaro

22nd Jun 2014

Out on the start line the conditions were perfect, with 16-17 knots of wind from the northeast, sunshine and white horses on the waves. All clear over the line, the 38 boat fleet was soon bunched together on the favoured port tack to the first mark, powering upwind bow to bow before all piling in around the mark - hectic.

Two legs down, two to go for the eight British Solitaire du Figaro skippers

Two legs down, two to go for the eight British Solitaire du Figaro skippers

18th Jun 2014

The ups and downs of racing in the highly-competitive Solitaire du Figaro continue for the eight-strong British contingent as they reach the halfway stage of the 2,014-mile race.

NEWSFLASH: Sam Matson maintains his Rookie division lead and sits 14th overall after Leg 2

NEWSFLASH: Sam Matson maintains his Rookie division lead and sits 14th overall after Leg 2

18th Jun 2014

At 02:59 BST this morning, British solo skipper Sam Matson (Artemis 21) surfed into Roscoff, France finished the second leg of the Solitaire du Figaro 18th overall and third Rookie.

News straight from the race - Leg 2, Solitaire du Figaro

News straight from the race - Leg 2, Solitaire du Figaro

15th Jun 2014

Having aided British sailors in making it to the start, but having never raced the course himself - Artemis Offshore Academy Event Coach Marcus Hutchinson stowed away aboard the Solitaire du Figaro comittee boat to get a first hand look at the this all emcompassing race is all about. Tracking the fleet from just metres away, Marcus is privy to a first hand experience usually shared between race management and the competitors. Sharing updates, photos and videos direct from his front row seat, it is Marcus' aim to provide a new insight into this facinating race. What happens at sea, will no long stay at sea....