The Offshore Academy


The Offshore Academy is Britain’s only centre of excellence for offshore sailing. The academy provides a pathway to the top level of 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'.

Latest News

“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 (The…

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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By Mary Rook |   Dear fantastic followers here is my previously unpublished breakdown of Leg 3.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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The Long One – Leg 2

By Mary Rook | Dear fantastic followers, again this one was first published on Facebook but here it is again just in case you missed it. This Leg was particularly brutal and for me a real test of mental strength.   Leg 2 less physically lethal more death by self loathing. Started out in Spain…

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The Windy One – Leg 1

By Mary Rook   Dear my lovely dedicated followers, many of you may have seen my update from the first leg on Facebook but for those of you who missed it here it is again with a few less spelling mistakes (hopefully). This Leg was an incredibly tough start to the race and many of…

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