The Offshore Academy


The Offshore Academy is Britain’s only centre of excellence for solo and shorthanded offshore sailing. The academy provides a pathway to top-level International competition, preparing the country’s aspiring sailors for the mental and physical extremes of solo ocean racing.

Utilising the highly competitive Class Figaro Beneteau circuit, The Offshore Academy provides opportunities for sailors to compete at this International level against some of the Worlds top solo ocean racers, culminating every year in the Solitaire du Figaro Race.

The Academy’s mission is to grow the pool of elite ocean-racing sailors from the UK, with the ultimate aim of inspiring a British victory in the Vendée Globe – A 24,000 nautical mile non-stop solo race around the world known as the 'Everest of Sailing'.

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Brayshaw Confirms Solitaire Spot

2017 Amateur champion Hugh Brayshaw has confirmed his spot on the start line of the 2018 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. Racing in his third Solitaire event Hugh will compete in the general classification against some of the greatest solo sailors in the world and commented, “Having taken up sailing full time at the end of…

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Training Gets Underway Ahead of 2018 Season

Following a busy 2017 season of racing around the French and British coastline including La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro and The Rolex Fastnet Race, The Offshore Academy sailors resume training, turning their attention to the 2018 season. With an intention to once again field multiple boats for the Class Figaro season and Solitaire race, The Offshore…

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Redshift Returns for Douarnenez Fastnet Solo Race

Alumni sailor Nick Cherry comments on being excited to be getting back into his Figaro Redshift after a year away from the class: “For my second trip round the Fastnet rock this year the Douarnenez Fastnet Solo takes us from near Brest, around Wolf Rock to the Fastnet and then back to France. The weather looks to…

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Change of Tack

By Mary Rook | I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my wonderful friends and followers for all your awesome support over the last 10 years, it has been an extraordinary journey and one I am proud to have been through. After this summer of yachting I have decided to leave the…

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“The MOST difficult sailing race there is”

By Hugh Brayshaw | The ‘post Solitaire blues’ have been viscous this time round, a sudden drop into a pool of emotion and a sense of loss. I was trying so hard to retain my composure throughout the 4-week race and was so single minded during the build-up that when the reason for it all…

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The One With Many, Many Hoists – Leg 4

By Mary Rook |   Dear my faithful followers, we have now reached the last and final Leg…. Leg 4 again started from the beautiful bay of Concarneau, but this time we had hardly a breath of wind and a heat wave of 35 degrees to contend with. Finally we started and I got a…

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The One With The Painful Finish Line – Leg 3

By Mary Rook |   Dear fantastic followers here is my previously unpublished breakdown of Leg 3. This was very hard to write and I hope shows a little about just how cruel sailing can be…   Leg 3 started off on a beautiful windy, sunny day in Concarneau bay, jam packed with spectator boats…

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