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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Leg 3 – Fighting past Finisterre

| Hugh Brayshaw  After the frighteningly fast Biscay crossing in Leg 2 our trip back to France was frustratingly slow, testing my mental toughness over four days and 440 miles. The forecast for this leg was to be entirely into a very light wind with a huge high pressure dominating the race course. Another leg…

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Leg 2 – Surfing to Spain

| Hugh Brayshaw After the success of leg 1, I was running on a high throughout the stopover in Saint-Briuec, lots of positive messages online and compliments from the other skippers. It wasn’t the best stopover for me regards sleeping, unfortunately. When I finish a leg I like to eat, shower and then sleep for…

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Leg 1 – My hard fought top ten.

| Hugh Brayshaw The result is the highlight of my solo sailing career to date. Seventh place, not first or anywhere near the podium but the seventh skipper to cross the finish line. And it felt amazing, the grin on my face was painful and I was glad we finished at night so no one could…

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La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro – The Halfway Stage

At the halfway point with two of the four stages completed in this 49th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro 2018 race, the fleet has already completed 1,100 nautical miles of the course, taking in two English Channel crossings, rounding iconic landmarks such as Wolf Rock, Brest Peninsula and Cape Finisterre. Brutal conditions for the…

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Cherry Back for One Final Bite of La Solitaire

Article by Andi Robertson reposted from |   They say ‘never say never’ but when British solo racer Nick Cherry starts La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, next Sunday (26th August) he firmly believes it will be his last attempt at the French based annual solo multi stage offshore race. But with five previous La…

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Brayshaw In Shape To Step Up

Article by Andi Robertson reposted from |   When English racer Hugh Brayshaw starts La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro on Sunday it will be still just his third year of solo offshore racing and yet he finished top Amateur in last year’s edition. This time he is looking to make significant inroads, aiming to…

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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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