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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Serious Summer Solo Sailing

 | Hugh Brayshaw  Another top class Figaro event and another collection of lessons to learn from, I’m coming away each time with more and more positives as my experience increases and comfort zones get pushed away. This race was a 400 mile offshore followed by 4 tight inshore races that tested every aspect of sailing…

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First 24hrs – Solo Concarneau

After some extremely tight racing in the Solo Concarneau overnight, Hugh Brayshaw remains in touch with the front pack of the fleet. From the race start at 15:22hrs local time yesterday afternoon, the fleet picked their way along the Brittany coast with the majority of the fleet opting for the inshore route, some had other plans…

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0-30kts Forecasted for Second Race of 2018 – The Solo/Duo Concarneau

After a challenging first event of the Solo Offshore Racing Championships at the Solo Maitre Coq event in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France the fleet of Bénéteau Figaro 2s have relocated north to the City of Concarneau on the south western coast of Brittany. With the Solo Maitre Coq behind him, Nick Cherry took a moment to…

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Figaro Open Season Starts

|Hugh Brayshaw   Les Sables-d’Olonne is the solo offshore sailing ‘Mecca’ and was the host port for my first race of the season, the Solo Maitre Coq. A combination of inshore races and one big offshore race that demands every sailing skill going. It felt like a massive uphill struggle to get everything done on…

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2018 Season To Commence With Solo Maitre Coq

Marking the beginning of the 2018 Classe Figaro Bénéteau season, Wednesday 14th will see the start of the Solo Maitre Coq with British skippers Hugh Brayshaw, Nick Cherry and Alan Roberts lining up on the start line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. After a busy winter of training, maintenance and physical preparation in the UK, Brayshaw…

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Going to sea with the ‘Beast from the East’

Hugh Brayshaw | When the winds blow from the east, it can be a double-edged sword for sailing to France. The 200-mile leg from Cowes to the western corner of France is going to be downwind, fast and fun. However, the wind from the east also brings the less enjoyable, freezing cold air and snow.…

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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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